6月 24, 2019
This is the Superb view of Autumn! The Must-visit view spots for Autumn Foliage in Karuizawa
Karuizawa has been promoting the beautiful view of colored leaves in autumn by several events such as “Karuizawa Koyo Festival” from the end of September to the beginning of November. You can enjoy a variety of colored leaves such as maple, larch, at many viewing spots in Karuizawa. Why don’t you enjoy appreciating autumn foliage in Karuizawa, where is one of the most popular resort areas, to experience exceptional and relaxing time? Let’s walk through the must-visit viewing sports.
Autumn Foliage of Larch forests in Karuizawa, Historic Mikasa Hotel
The white Western-style building in larch forests, “Historic Mikasa Hotel” has been called as “Rokumeikan in Karuizawa” since a lot of great names in culture visited here. Colored leaves of larch forests create beautiful autumn scenery in the best season.
At the entrance of “Historic Mikasa Hotel”, there were two maple trees. Each tree is colored at different timings and it is rare to see both trees in the fully-colored, which has attracted visitors attentions. From the middle to the late October, it is lit up at night, which gives visitors fantastic views of the lit-up building with gorgeous colored leaves. Highly recommended.
Name: Historic Mikasa Hotel
Address: 1339-342 Karuizawa, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Access: 11 minutes drive from Karuizawa station
Map: map to Historic Mikasa Hotel
Famous spot for Spreading Autumn Foliage in Karuizawa, Kyu Usui Oass Viewing Platform
“Kyu Usui Pass Viewing Platform (Kyu Usui Toge Miharashidai)” is the scenery spot near the summit of Usui Pass, which used to be called “sunset point” by foreign resort visitors. From the observatory on the prefectural border, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Southern Alps, Mt. Yatsugatake and Mt. Asama on a fine day.
In the best season, this is the perfect viewing spot for burning red autumn foliage spreading under the observatory. You can also enjoy walking on the 3km-long foot path to feel the beauty of colored leaves closer. There is Kyu Nakasen-do Road near the entrance of the Viewing Platform, where you can find many Chaya (tea house). Enjoy viewing colored leaves and the local sweet, Chikara Mochi (rice cake).
Name: Kyu Usui Pass Viewing Platform
Address: 20 Togemachi, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Access: 15 minutes drive from Karuizawa station
Map: map to Kyu Usui Pass Viewing Platform
Enjoy the Beautiful Building and Autumn Foliage in Karuizawa at St. Paul’s Catholic Church
“St. Paul’s Catholic Church” is the Catholic church established in 1935. It has the best season for autumn foliage from the middle of October to the beginning of November. It was designed by Antonin Raymond, who also worked for the school building of Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. The beautiful building goes perfectly with colored leaves of trees around it. The church is surrounded by trees in front of and the back of the building.
You can enter the church during the day. It has a calm and traditional atmosphere inside the church full of warmth of wooden texture. Must visit this unique viewing spot for colored leaves in Karuizawa.
Name: Karuizawa St. Paul’s Catholic Church
Address: 179 Karuizawa, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Access: 10 minutes drive from Karuizawa station
Map: map to Karuizawa St. Paul’s Catholic Church
Natural Beauty created by Multiple tiered Falls with Gorgeous Autumn Foliage at Shiraito Falls
“Shiraito Falls” is the enormous falls with 3-meter height and 70-meter width, which is collected by multiple string-like falls. The projection mapping event in summer has gained high reputations, but you cannot deny its outstanding beauty of the falls covered with colored leaves.
The best season for autumn foliage is from the middle of October to the middle of November. In winter, you can see artificial ice pillars made with water sprung from Shiraito Falls. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery anytime in the year. Do not miss this popular sightseeing spot in Karuizawa.
Name: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls
Address: Nagakura, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Access: 25 minutes drive from Karuizawa station
Map: map to Karuizawa Shiraito Falls
Meet Spot-billed duck with Chicks in Nature of Karuizawa, Kumoba Pond.
“Kumoba Pond” was the water resource for feudal lords and imperial family, also called as “Omizubata” or “Swan Lake”. As the entrance is situated in the south of the pond, you can view beautiful colored leaves lit by sun when you visit during the day.
You can also enjoy viewing colored leaves closer by walking on the promenade around the pond. The best season for autumn foliage is from early October to early November. You may be lucky enough to meet spot-billed duck with chicks on the pond. Perfect place to spend a relaxing time in nature.
Name: Kumoba Pond
Address: Roppon-tsuji, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku ditrict, Nagano
Access: 7 minutes from Karuizawa station
Map: map to Kumoba Pond
Appreciating the Beauty of Arts and Autumn Foliage at Karuizawa Taliesin
“Karuizawa Taliesen” holds various amusement facilities and buildings with art, literature and history in the area of Shiozawa Lake. In autumn, you can enjoy the exceptional scenery with colored leaves.
There are various attraction such as art facilities like museum, historical buildings, leisure facilities offering boating, which will amuse you in many ways besides colored leaves. The best season for autumn foliage is in the middle of October. You never get bored with the beauty of “Karuizawa Taliasen” anytime in the year. Cannot be missed!
Name: Karuizawa Taliesen
Address: 217 Nagakura, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Time: (February – November) 9:00～17:00(December – January) 10:00～16:00
Access: 10 minutes drive from Karuizawa station
Map: map to Karuizawa Taliesen
Spend a Relaxing time with Autumn Foliage here at Harunire Terrace!
“Harunire Terrace” is situated at the gate to Karuizawa Hoshino area, the resort, surrounded by more than 100 wild Japanese elms. The feature here is the terrace-like townscape connecting 9 buildings including a restaurant, a cafe, goods shops, with a wooden deck.
There is the hot spring called “Tonbo no Yu” nearby. In autumn, “Koyo Library (Autumn Foliage Library)” opens for the limited period, which offers you a calm reading time on the wooden deck. This is the must-visit spot in Karuizawa!
Name: Harunire Terrace
Address: Hoshino Nagakura, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Access: 17 minutes walk from Naka-Karuizawa station
Map: map to Harunire Terrace
New Spot for Autumn Foliage in Karuizawa, Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa!
“Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa” opened in October 2011, is the museum surrounded by glass to create the sense of nature. It allows you to view amazing colored leaves from the inside.
It also has the nationally famous garden called “Color Leaf Garden” with 60,000 trees and flowers of more than 150 species. The best season for those trees is autumn when they get colored. You can enjoy the outstanding beauty both of art works and nature. This is the very unique viewing spot for autumn foliage.
Name: Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa
Address: 815 Nagakura, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Access: 10 minutes drive from Naka-Karuizawa station
Map: map to Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa
Observe Wild Birds among Colored Forests at Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary!
“Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary” has been known as the viewing spot for autumn foliage, where you can enjoy viewing wild birds like oriental turtle dove, great spotted woodpecker. In autumn, trees like maple and larch color forests into red.
There are walking paths, which you can choose among various routes like riverside, forest-side. The brochure with maps is available at “Picchio Forests Visitor Center” near the entrance, which will assist your tour. This is the popular sightseeing spot, where you can appreciate nature in Karuizawa.
Name: Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary
Address: Nagakura Hoshino, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Access: 7 minutes drive from Naka-Karuizawa station
Map: map to Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary
Perfect Access from the Nearest Station! Must-visit for Autumn Foliage at Karuizawa Prince Hotel!
“Karuizawa Prince Hotel” has the viewing spot for colored leaves, with great access to Karuizawa station. Among colored trees including maple, winged euonymus, enkianthus, you can enjoy playing golf, tennis, skiing.
It also offers the bathing facility, where you can enjoy colored leaves from the hot spring. This is the perfect spot to enjoy various viewpoints to autumn foliage. Do not miss the best season from the mid to the late October. The regular spot in Karuizawa!
Name: Karuizawa Prince Hotel
Address: 1016 Karuizawa, Karuizawa cho, Kitasaku district, Nagano
Access: 2 minutes walk from Karuizawa station
Map: map to Karuizawa Prince Hotel
Enjoy Beautiful Autumn Foliage in Karuizawa!
Here is the 10 must-visit spots to enjoy autumn foliage in Karuizawa, where is popular as the resort area near Tokyo. Karuizawa offers various sightseeing spots which amuse you all year around, but autumn can be the best to appreciate its beautifully colored scenery. Visit and explore Karuizawa in various colors!