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Embark on a thrilling summer adventure from Tokyo to Karuizawa by Shinkansen!

July 31, 2023

Embark on a thrilling summer adventure from Tokyo to Karuizawa by Shinkansen!

Escape the summer heat with an unforgettable Shinkansen journey from Tokyo to Karuizawa!

Nestled amidst lush mountains, Karuizawa offers a refreshing retreat just an hour's Shinkansen ride away. Hop aboard the high-speed train and find yourself transported to a haven of tranquility and charm.

Old Karuizawa Ginza Street

Karuizawa's tourist attractions include Old Karuizawa Ginza Street. Old Western-style buildings, cafes, and art galleries dot the area, creating a quaint atmosphere.
Old established bakeries, coffee shops, souvenir stores and eateries line both sides of the 750-meter Old Karuizawa Ginza Street.

Karuizawa Tourist Information Center is an old-fashioned wooden building located in the corner of the old Karuizawa Ginza Street, with an exhibition and information center on the first floor introducing Karuizawa's famous landmarks and tourist spots.
The second floor is equipped with a rest area and free Wi-Fi, and specialties of Karuizawa are available for purchase.

The Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan

There are also spots where visitors can feel the power of nature, such as Shiraito Falls and Kusatsu-Shiranesan Mountain.

Karuizawa is also a great place to enjoy fine dining. At local restaurants and cafes, you can enjoy dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients. Karuizawa beef and Shinshu vegetables are especially delicious.

Another summer tradition in Karuizawa is the viewing of fireflies. There are several places where you can see the fantastic light of fireflies.

Karuizawa's combination of rich nature and resort atmosphere makes it an ideal place for a summer vacation. It promises a heartwarming moment for those who want to forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life and create wonderful memories!

Karuizawa warmly welcomes international travelers, providing English-friendly services and a warm atmosphere. Whether you seek a leisurely stroll through nature or an enriching cultural experience, Karuizawa has something for everyone.

This summer, embark on an enriching journey to Karuizawa, where you'll discover a perfect blend of nature, culture, and serenity. Let the Shinkansen transport you to a memorable escape, leaving you with cherished memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Here's quick links to our Tokyo to Karuizawa Shinkansen ticket page and Karuizawa to Tokyo Shinkansen ticket page.
Since it is only an hour one way, it is highly recommended as a day trip too!

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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