Let’s take a walk to Kyu-karuizawa. The center of the area is Kyu-karuizawa Ginza, which developed as a shopping district catering to the needs of residents who stayed at their villas there. The main street is Kyu-karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street where you can find many kinds of shops ranging from venerable old stores to trendy shops including a French Bakery once patronized by John Lennon, another bakery, Boulangerie Asanoya, Mikado Coffee (cafe), and Akaneya Coffee (cafe). It is said that John Lennon stayed at Mampei Hotel and every day he ordered Royal Milk Tea sitting right at the back of its classical cafe. Shaw Memorial Chapel is located nearby in a wooded area, and it is the oldest church in Karuizawa. Old Mikasa Hotel, which opened in 1906, is a Western style wooden structure. Once the hotel was a gathering place for members of the Imperial family, and also for movers and shakers of the political and economic world. After the Mikasa Hotel was closed in 1970, the building was designated an Important Cultural Asset. It is highly recommended that you rent a bicycle, and enjoy cycling along the larch tree lined road to see the Old Mikasa Hotel.
12 min on foot from JR Karuizawa Sta.
Kyukaruizawa, Karuizawa, Karuizawa machi, Kitasaku gun, Nagano