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Spending Christmas with your loved ones is a special experience that will last a lifetime. If you want to spend a wonderful Christmas date, it is recommended to go on a trip and share memories rather than giving gifts. Because Christmas is only once a year, the sharing of emotions creates deep bonds.
Karuizawa is a popular summer resort. But Karuizawa in winter is also a very nice place. As a place that has been loved by foreigners, it is full of exotic atmosphere with sophisticated streets such as churches and Western-style buildings. At Christmas, it is lit up, and the fantastic world spreads out. The snow often falls, so I have a feeling that I will be able to spend a lifetime memorable white Christmas ♡ You can go by bullet train from Tokyo Station, so even two people who are not good at driving on snowy roads can do it. Here are some recommended hotels in Karuizawa that are perfect for Christmas dates.
Source: Karuizawa Hotel Breston Court
The guest room is a cottage style nestled in a grove of trees. There are three designs, all of which have a high-quality private space, so you can relax without worrying about your surroundings. The designer's cottage with the concept of "facing rooms" is an extraordinary space wrapped in white. No TV either. On Christmas night, turn off your smartphone and try facing each other for the first time in a while.
Source: Breston Court Yukawatan
Dinner will be at the restaurant "Bleston Court Yukawatan" on the same site as the hotel. Dishes that let you enjoy the seasonal flavors of Karuizawa are like works of art! Of course, the taste is also the best dish. I can't hide my excitement. "What kind of dish is next?" A feast for the senses, an authentic French dinner that will stay in your heart for the rest of your life.
Source: Karuizawa Kogen Church
In the Karuizawa Hoshino area, where the hotel is located, there are many spots that you might want to visit together, such as Harunire Terrace, which is lined with cafes, restaurants, and lifestyle shops, and Karuizawa Kogen Church. Karuizawa Kogen Church holds "Christmas in the Starry Forest". Lantern candles are lit all over the forest of the church, and a fantastic view spreads as if the stars were falling from the sky.
- Nagano Karuizawa Town Hoshino
- JR Nagano Shinkansen, get off at Shinano Railway Karuizawa Station, 15 minutes by taxi (scheduled shuttle bus available from Karuizawa Station)
Source: Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Karuizawa
Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Karuizawa" is located about 5 minutes by cab from "Nakakaruizawa Station. The concept is "more than an izakaya, less than a trip," which is attractive because it allows you to spend your time without getting over your shoulders. On the wooden deck terrace surrounded by trees, there is an outdoor theater that you can enjoy while sitting in a kotatsu! It is an extraordinary yet casual and relaxing experience. You will have an unforgettable Christmas memory that is different from the usual.
This "Yagura Room" is a secret base for him and just the two of us. It is a room full of playfulness. Relaxing time is on the lower sofa. You can rest comfortably in the upper bed at night. A spacious and comfortable space where you can enjoy chatting and snuggling up to each other. It is also recommended that you bring some extravagant wine and snacks to enjoy.
It looks like it will be a calm and extraordinary stay, freed from reality and time.
Source: Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Karuizawa
Hoshino Resort BEB5 Karuizawa has a total of seven meal dispositions, including a 24-hour café open for breakfast, where you can enjoy delicious "French toast with feathers". For a hearty dinner, try the Japanese casual dining restaurant "Muratamin Shokudo". At the Italian restaurant Il Sogno, you can enjoy seasonal vegetables. It is also a good idea to walk around the different restaurants with different opening hours and menus.
Source: Hoshino onsen Dragonfly no Yu
After relaxing in the museum, how about taking a walk together? Karuizawa Kogen Church, where the romantic world spreads out, and Harunire Terrace, which is lined with shops, are within walking distance. In addition, you can enjoy free-flowing onsen at Hoshino onsen Tombo-no-Yu, which is about 850 meters away from the hotel. After taking a walk, it is also recommended to relax in the snow-viewing bath.
- Nagano Karuizawa Town Hoshino
- About 5 minutes by taxi from Naka-Karuizawa Station About 17 minutes on foot from Naka-Karuizawa Station
About 15 minutes by car from Karuizawa Station, this large resort hotel is located in the bosom of 70,000 tsubo of majestic nature. Between the hotel and Karuizawa Station, there is a free shuttle bus that does not require a reservation, so it is great for couples who love trains. The vast grounds are full of spots that satisfy both the body and mind, such as onsen, churches, and gardens. It's like another world here. Recommended for couples who want to make once-in-a-lifetime Christmas memories in a luxurious space.
There are three guest rooms: "Main building", "Yamanoue Suite" and "Villa Suite". For two people who want to spend a relaxing time, we recommend the double room of the Yamanoue Suite. There is also a bathroom where you can enter while looking at the snow-covered forest. It's the perfect room to talk and deepen your love.
The French restaurant "Verse" is where an award-winning chef shows off his skills. You can enjoy French cuisine unique to Karuizawa that blends Japanese and Western styles using plenty of local Karuizawa ingredients. The retro and classical restaurant is perfect for the holy night. With delicious meal and an elegant atmosphere, you can spend the finest Christmas dinner. And for breakfast the next day, you can enjoy a buffet that makes the most of the ingredients of Shinshu.
After Christmas dinner, we went to the hotel garden. Candle nights are held every Friday and Saturday in December. Admission is free. The soft candle light gently envelops the surroundings, making the church in the forest even more magical. A dramatic night like a movie scene will be an eternal memory for the two of you.
- 864-4 Oaza Hakka, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun Nagano
- Approximately 15 minutes by car from Karuizawa Station, Outlet, or Kyu-Karui Ginza (Free shuttle bus available from station / No reservation required) Approximately 15 minutes by car from Usui Karuizawa IC
*As of October 2023, closed due to renovation work. It is scheduled to reopen in 2024.
A long-established hotel founded in 1894, located about 5 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station. Known as the home of John Lennon, it has attracted celebrities from all over the world. Such a romantic hotel is suitable for a holy night for two adults. Depending on the day, you can experience a beautiful white Christmas.
For two adults, I would like to recommend the classical wooden guest room "Alps Building". With a retro-chic interior and a claw-footed bathtub, the rooms are both glamorous and calm, allowing you to forget about the flow of time and spend a rich time. We've spent Christmas together countless times, but it will be a special holy night in the history of the two of us.
Christmas for adults isn't over yet. After enjoying a nice dinner at the restaurant, go to the bar in the hotel. There is a special space that is only allowed for adults. How about getting to know each other for the first time in a long time while standing side by side with a drink in one hand at a chic bar?
A single building in the woods. Although it's about a 7-minute walk from Karuizawa Station, you'll feel as if you've wandered into the world of a picture book. There is a restaurant called Auberge where you can stay overnight. This inn is recommended for couples who want to relax while enjoying gourmet food.
- Nagano 1278-11 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun
- Hokuriku Shinkansen 7 minute walk from Karuizawa Station
A shopping mall, a spa, a ski resort... The Prince Karuizawa is located in front of Karuizawa Station. This hotel is located at the very back of the area. The hotel is located by the water, away from the hustle and bustle, so you can spend a quiet and relaxing time here. While you can casually enjoy skiing and shopping, enjoy a relaxing time at the hotel. You can have such a cheerful Christmas. A free shuttle bus runs from Karuizawa Station to the hotel, making it convenient.
For two people, we recommend the Executive Twin Room. You can enjoy the nature of Karuizawa from the large windows. In winter, you can enjoy the snow-covered silver world and the starry night sky. Romantic, isn't it? If you are surrounded by nature with a sense of openness, you can heal each other from your daily fatigue and spend a peaceful time.
For dinner, enjoy a delicious course meal at the dining room Beausejour. You can enjoy delicate French cuisine while watching the fantastic lighting. Conversation seems to be lively at a special time different from usual. This is also the breakfast venue for the next morning. The special feeling of Christmas continues even after dawn. Enjoy your breakfast while gazing at the refreshing sunlight filtering through the trees.
It would be nice to pick up a small present or a souvenir for the two of you at the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza. After checking in, enjoy skiing. When you return to the hotel, the fireplace will warmly welcome your chilled body. You can also bathe in onsen at "Forest Hot Spring" in the Hotel East area, which will warm your body as well as your heart. In addition, there are plenty of adult spaces such as library cafes and bars. We recommend spending the night relaxing at the hotel.
- Nagano Karuizawa, Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun
- A free shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes between 8:00 and 21:00 from the South Exit of Karuizawa Station.
There are only 5 guest rooms. Such a hidden hotel is located in Karuizawa Lake Garden, about 7 minutes by car from Karuizawa Station. The building surrounded by an English garden looks like a noble mansion. You can feel the tradition and culture of Karuizawa in the exotic atmosphere. How about a quiet and mature Christmas Eve at a small luxury hotel full of splendor and elegance?
The inside of the building is also exactly British! Not only the lounge, but also the guest rooms are filled with European antique furniture. This is the living room of room 201. It's elegant and romantic, like the good old British movies you've seen in the past. I'd like to keep it a secret between just the two of us. I visit every year during the Christmas season as a consolation for the year. I want to make such an oath.
For dinner, you can choose between Japanese and Western dishes, and you can also have it in your room. You can immerse yourself in the world of two people without worrying about your surroundings. The table coordination that makes your heart gorgeous is also a sight to see! Exactly like a lady who came to another house. You will be intoxicated by the high-quality hospitality.
"Karuizawa Lake Garden" where you can enjoy a beautiful garden with a lake and seasonal flowers. Guests can enter the park free of charge as many times as they like during their stay. After taking a leisurely stroll in the garden, take a break with afternoon tea. At night, you can see the fantastic scenery lit up.
- Nagano 342 Watarimichi, Hatsuji, Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun
- Get off at Karuizawa Station on the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen *7 minutes by taxi from the south exit of the station *From the north exit of the station, take the Tonanmawari Line (outside) of the town circulation bus for about 10 minutes, get off at "Lake New Town Iriguchi", and walk 2 minutes.
Karuizawa is a popular tourist destination among dog lovers. You don't want to leave your beloved dog on your Christmas trip. There is a hotel recommended for such couples. The hotel is named "Lucien" which means "dog" in French. As the name suggests, pets are allowed. There is also a free shuttle bus between Karuizawa Station and the hotel, and you can use it with your dog in a cage.
Only at this hotel can you go to the restaurant with your pet! Dinner is a French full-course meal carefully prepared using seasonal ingredients, and the table is decorated with high-quality dishes. Breakfast is a colorful buffet of about 60 Japanese and Western dishes. Dogs are also with you, so you can enjoy cooking without worrying.
- 1323-111 Nagano
- Car / 20 minutes from Joshinetsu Expressway "Usui Karuizawa IC" Train / 15 minutes walk from JR Karuizawa Station on Shinano Railway Line or Hokuriku Shinkansen
"The Hiramatsu Karuizawa Miyota" is about 10 minutes by taxi from Shinano Railway "Miyota Station". A free shuttle service is available with advance notice. All 9 villas are suite rooms ♡ When you go out to the terrace, the clear winter air wraps the two of you. You can enjoy the scenery while warming yourself in the semi-open-air bath in your room. A blissful Christmas, healed by nature and him.
- 375-723 Oaza Shiono, Miyota-machi, Kitasaku-gun Nagano
- 20 minutes by car from Joshinetsu Expressway "Saku IC", 25 minutes by car from Hokuriku Shinkansen "Sakudaira Station"
Christmas in Karuizawa is magical and very romantic. Whether you are a couple who have just started dating or a couple who have been together for a long time, how about spending a holy night that you have never experienced before? More than any gift, if you share wonderful times and memories, your love will deepen ♡