Karuizawa is a town in Nagano prefecture.
Karuizawa (軽井沢) at about 1000m above sea-level is a famous hill resort in eastern Nagano Prefecture. Elegant summer houses are scattered through the nearby forests, while the central part of the town is elegantly laid out with restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
- Shinkansen (bullet train) from: Tokyo (70 minutes, ¥5250); Nagano (30 minutes, ¥3070)
- Shinano railway from Nagano (90 minutes, ¥1590); Togura Station (in Chikuma; 70 minutes, ¥1170)
- Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church (軽井沢ショー記念礼拝堂), (Take the road north from the station, and turn right into Old Karuizawa Main Street (旧軽井沢メインストリート). The church is about 600m up on the left.). This is the first church in Karuizawa, founded by the missionary A.C. Shaw. Shaw is also considered the founder of the settlement at Karuizawa, which was initially used as a retreat for church workers. edit
- Old Karuizawa Main Street (旧軽井沢メインストリート), (Walk north from the station and turn right after about 1km.). Stroll up and down the lively old main street which is packed with interesting shops. It is sometimes referred to as Old Karuizawa Ginza, because of the branches of stores from Tokyo's Ginza that open here in the summer. Keep your eyes open and you might see a fur coat in a shop window for a lazy ¥5,000,000 or so. edit
"Old Karuizawa Main Street"alt="旧軽井沢メインストリート" is also called as "Karuizawaginza" alt="軽井沢銀座". Around 1980s, it was golden age of Karuizawa. Many people visited as a summer resort. "Old Karuizawa Main Street" became the bustling street. On this steet, there is a bakery named France Bakery. John Lennon loved this place, and he used to buy some bread at this bakery.