Tokyo chic in the Nagano countryside
This trendy main street in Karuizawa's old town once hosted merchants traveling between the capitals of Kyoto and Edo, old Tokyo. Today, it's a popular area where you can enjoy Karuizawa's breezy higher elevation.
How to Get There
Kyu-Karuizawa is easily accessible by train.
From Tokyo, travel to Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen in about 75 minutes. The street is 20 minutes walk north of Karuizawa Station. There are loop buses from the station operated by Kusakaru Kotsu which get you there in about five minutes, or you can rent a bicycle just outside the station.
Rub elbows with Japan's urban elite
The historic heart of Karuizawa plays host to a unique side of Japan, where the rustic and the fashionable combine. Usually bustling with vacationing Tokyoites, it's lined with enough boutiques, cafes, and restaurants to keep you busy for days.
The cosmopolitan streetscape has eateries ranging from traditional Japanese to French, Nepalese, and Iranian. For beer lovers, keep a lookout for Yona Yona Ale, brewed on the outskirts of town. Looking for a gift to take home? Grab some handmade jams made with locally grown fruits.