Karuizawa, Nagano – Our Favorite Family Mountain Getaway

Karuizawa Mall lawn 4
Karuizawa, Nagano is a beautiful mountain resort a 1 hr Shinkansen ride from Tokyo. Step off the train, take in the gorgeous mountain views, and enjoy the numerous activities Karuizawa has to offer from outdoor sports, onsens, shopping, play areas, food and more.

Karuizawa 2014dShopping is concentrated at the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza (3 min by foot by the station) and the famed shopping street, Karuizawa Ginza. The Prince Shopping Plaza is an outlet mall for
popular brands, sporting goods and local souvenirs. Their great lawn is filled with child-friendly attractions in summer and during long holidays. Perfect for parents to take turns watching kids while the other shops. On rainy days we recommend the Amusement Garden located in the Outlet`s NEW WEST area. The shopping street, a couple of kilometers north of the station, is where you`ll find various shops, restaurants, wines, honey and jams produced from locally grown fruit.

karuizawa playgroundIf you`re renting a home and staying a few days we recommended shopping at Tsuruya Supermarket for grocery items. Located a short drive from the supermarket is the Yukawa Furusato Park (湯川ふるさと公園) Playground, an excellent spot to burn off some energy. It`s a large and clean park that families enjoy, and dog-friendly too!
Karuizawa playgroundWalk your dog(s), picnic on the lawn, take long strolls through the garden, play soccer or badminton in their large, enclosed area, watch the bullet train speed by or just run around on the large playground equipment. The playground is equipped with numerous slides, a rope glide, separate play areas for toddlers and older children, spring riders, large lawn for picnics and kite flying, benches, drink vending machines and clean toilets.

Karuizawa Toy KingdomKaruizawa is also home to Toy Kingdom, a children`s amusement park filled with outdoor fun and indoor playrooms. Toy Kingdom uses natural surroundings to keep kids active and one with nature. Favorites are the tree house, climbing wall, rope bridges, and a variety of different classes such as crafting and fishing or fun activities like riding the ferris wheel, train rides, carousel, outdoor wood jungle gym, and more (additional fees per class & ride).

If you`re traveling to Karuizawa from January to June we also recommend Strawberry picking. We visited the Komoro Nunobiki Strawberry Garden and had so much fun picking and eating strawberries. The perfect mountain vacation outside Tokyo for the family.

Toy Kingdom

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 17:00; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 9:30 – 17:00 *Summer (July 16 – August 31) and Autumn (September 17-19 and October 8-10) Holidays 9:00 – 17:00
Fees: Adult 1,100 yen; Child 800 yen + additional fee for rides
* Please check the website for changes in fees and operating hours
Website: http://omochaoukoku.com/karuizawa/index.html (in Japanese)

Karuizawa Strawberry farm family

Komoro Nunobiki Strawberry Garden

Website: http://www.ichigodaira.com/ (in Japanese)
Hours: 10:00 – 15:00 or until all the ripe strawberries have been eaten. Time unlimited.
Phone: 02-6726-2615
* Please check the website for changes in fees and operating hours
Additional Strawberry Farms in Nagano: http://www.rankingshare.jp/rank/bgvjkzyxtv (in Japanese)


Jan 1 – May 8
May 9 – May 31

June 1 – June 30

Junior high school students and above

1,500 yen
1,000 yen
800 yen

Primary school children

1,300 yen
1,000 yen
800 yen
3 years of age and older
1,000 yen
800 yen
800 yen
Less than 3 years old


Karuizawa Nagano Details

Access: Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Karuizawa (67 min) or take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Ueno Station to Karuizawa (61 min).
Suggested accommodations: Prince Hotel West / Prince Hotel East  (close proximity to station), Hoshino Resort (high end) or Airbnb.


Karuizawa, Nagano – Our Favorite Family Mountain Getaway

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