Friday, July 15, 2016

# Travel ♪ A Cycling Trip in the famous Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture!






A Healing Trip In Karuizawa
Rent a bicycle and enjoy Karuizawa in a different way!

Never tried renting a bike and cycling in Japan? Don't worry about that! It is very common to get on a bicycle in Japan. Just as you can see on streets, people use bicycle a lot even in the city! Actually there are regulations and facilities provided to the cyclists in Japan, so you can ward off your worries and enjoy a cycling trip in the beautiful Karuizawa!

Since the 19th century, lots of Japanese bought houses in Karuizawa as their getaways in summer time because Karuizawa is a popular summer resort with a cooler climate! If you are looking for a cool summer escape, Karuizawa is the right place for you!


We are staying at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel this time. Since they have the bicycle rental service here, why don't we rent a bike and explore Karuizawa in a different way!

Bicycle Rental Service (Not in service in winter)
Operating Hours: 07:00 - 21:00 (Last rental time at 17:00)
Location 1: Prince Hotel Karuizawa West (near the Kobushi Restaurant)
Location 2: Prince Hotel Karuizawa East (near the Lobby)
Tel.: 0267-42-1111
Price: 1,000 yen (within 2 hours)
Types: Bicycles for children and adults, tandem bicycles, electronic bicycles, and mountain bicycles (limited quantity)
Service starts in the middle of March (depends on the clearance of snow)

Address: Karuizawa Prince Hotel
Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0193 Japan

Map: Google Map

Get on your bike and go!!



Karuizawa is not just famous for the nice weather in summer, it is also famous for shopping too! If you are looking for somewhere you can enjoy the nature and shopping at the same time, Karuizawa is absolutely the best place for you!



Karuizawa Prince Hotel is located in the south part of Karuizawa where you can enjoy shopping, golf, and even horse riding!!

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Homepage: http://www.princehotels.com/the_prince_karuizawa/

Recommend Spots in South Karuizawa

1) Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
Address: Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasakugun, Nagano, 389-0102
Operating Hours:
10:00 - 19:00 (Shops)
10:00 - 19:00 (Food Court)
10:00 - 19:00 (Restaurants; Vary by store)
11:00 - 22:00 (Karuizawa Aji No Machi)
10:00 - 19:00 (Cafe)
09:30 - 19:30 (STARBUCKS COFFEE)
09:30 - 19:30 (TULLY'S COFFEE)
*Store hours vary by season.

Homepage: http://www.karuizawa-psp.jp/web/plazaguide/en/
Map: Google Map


2) Karuizawa Lake Garden
Address: 342-59 Karuizawamachi, Kitasakugun, Nagano
Homepage (Japanese): http://www.karuizawa-lakegarden.jp/index.html
Google Map

3) Prince Snow Resorts
Address: 389-0102 Karuizawamachi, Kitasakugun, Nagano
Homepage: http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/karuizawa/index.html
Google Map


As we have mentioned, Karuizawa is a popular summer resort with a cooler climate, you can enjoy a cooler summer here!

You can definitely relax yourself here!

Bike lanes are built in Karuizawa. It is very safe to ride your bike here!


Kyu-Karuizawa (Karuizawa Ginza)

At Kyu-Karuizawa, you can find a street full of shops and restaurants! If you want to buy some local souvenirs for your friends and family, this is a good place for you to go. You can find many shops selling local products here.

Kyu-Karuizawa
Address: 878 Oaza Karuizawa, Karuizawamachi, Kitasakugun, Nagano
Homepage (Japanese): http://karuizawa-ginza.org/
Google Map


It's time to do some crazy shopping at the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza!!

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
Address: Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasakugun, Nagano, 389-0102
Operating Hours:
10:00 - 19:00 (Shops)
10:00 - 19:00 (Food Court)
10:00 - 19:00 (Restaurants; Vary by store)
11:00 - 22:00 (Karuizawa Aji No Machi)
10:00 - 19:00 (Cafe)
09:30 - 19:30 (STARBUCKS COFFEE)
09:30 - 19:30 (TULLY'S COFFEE)
*Store hours vary by season.

Homepage: http://www.karuizawa-psp.jp/web/plazaguide/en/
Map: Google Map



Never think about you can also ride on a bike and enjoy Japan in this way? As we said, Karuizawa is a place mixed with nature and fun places. So next time if you plan to visit Kanto area, please go and visit Karuizawa!!



Don't forget to visit Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza to get some nice outfits for yourself!!

A tip for you

If you decided to visit Karuizawa and other nearby areas in the same trip, we highly recommended you to get the JR TOKYO Wide Pass. You can save your time and money on your trip!!

About the JR TOKYO Wide Pass

The JR TOKYO Wide Pass is a discounted pass for unlimited rides in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto area. Valid for three days, the pass is good for unlimited rides using reserved seats on ordinary cars on Shinkansen, limited express and other trains in the valid use area. The JR TOKYO Wide Pass makes it easy to visit popular tourist destinations such as Mt. Fuji, Izu and Karuizawa, GALA Yuzawa.

Prices: Adults (12 years old and older) 10,000 yen, Children (6 to 11 years old) 5,000 yen


If you don't want to take the Shinkansen this time, don't worry, you can still take buses from Shinjuku and Ikeburuko.  For Shinjuku, you can find the ticket booth in front the the electronics store, Big Camera.  For Ikeburuko, you can find the the ticket booth in front store GU.

How do you like our introduction this time? If you want to find out more about Karuizawa, you can check out our previous sharing:

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