Situated amid the dense mountain forests of Nagano Prefecture, the village of Karuizawa is home to hot springs famed for nearly a century as the waters for beautiful skin. Just about an hour from Tokyo by bullet train, Karuizawa has long drawn domestic visitors looking for weekend rejuventation and is now attracting foreigners as well, thanks to the excellent HOSHINOYA resort.


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Bird Sanctuary

Visit the wild bird sanctuary near HOSHINOYA, which is one of the largest aviaries in Japan.

Karuizawa Hiking

Set out for an invigorating hike on trails winding through the Karuizawa forest. The temperature is generally noticeably cooler, with considerably fewer tourists in Karuizawa compared to Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto, making your stay here a welcome contrast from other stops on your itinerary.

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