Cottage Inn Log-cabin and Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI in Karuizawa

September 30th, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Information, Miscellaneous, Report
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Barbecue (Yakiniku) dinner with prime quality beef.
 
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Shabushabu dinner with prime quality beef. You boil beef and vegetables and eat them with special sauce.

Are you interested in staying at a cottage-type room, rather than a normal hotel room, and having delicious barbecue dinner in Karuizawa? If yes, I recommend you to stay at “Cottage Inn Log-cabin” (accommodation), which has “Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI” (restaurant) on the same site.

An only 5-minute walk from Naka-Karuizawa Station takes you to Cottage Inn Log-cabin and Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI surrounded by the nature.  All of the guestrooms are wooden cottages with bath and toilet, so you can fully enjoy your private time. As they have different types of cottages, anyone can enjoy a comfortable stay, from couples, friends, families to a large group of 20.

One of the great advantages to stay at this inn is that you can enjoy delicious barbecue and other dishes in the restaurant on the same venue. The restaurant LOG-TEI is known for providing high-quality meat dishes, such as Barbecue (in Japanese “Yakiniku”, grilled meat and vegetables cooked at a table) and Shabushabu (a hot-pot with thinly-sliced meat and vegetables boiled at a table). The restaurant is open to the public, so those who don’t stay at this hotel are also welcomed.

I hope you will enjoy a special resort holiday here!

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Appearance of “Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI”.
 
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All the rooms of “Cottage Inn Log-cabin” are cottages made of natural logs.
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"Family Cottage" with a loft for 3 or 4 guests.

 

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"Romance Cottage" for 2 guests.

 

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If you want to enjoy a large bathroom, "Family Bath" is available on site.

Name of the facility Cottage Inn Log-cabin (accommodation) / Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI (restaurant)
Description of business Accommodation (capacity: 50 guests), restaurant
Address 3148-1, Naka-Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111
TEL / FAX
  • TEL: 0267-45-6007 (Japan country code: 81)
  • FAX: 0267-45-0365 (Japan country code: 81)
E-mail karuizawa@log-cabin.co.jp
URL http://www.log-cabin.co.jp/ (Click “English”)
Access
  • From Naka-Karuizawa Station (Shinano Railway): 5 minutes on foot
  • From Karuizawa Station (JR Nagano Shinkansen): 7 minutes by taxi  *Free pickup is also available, so please contact.
Operating dates and hours
  • Cottage Inn Log-cabin: open every day
  • Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI: Closed on Wednesday except for summer (Open every day in summer), 11:00-14:00 for lunch, 17:00-21:00 for dinner
Prices
  • Cottage Inn Log-cabin (room rate per person for a group of 2 guests): JPY6,000 without meals on weekday, JPY6,500 without meals on weekend, JPY8,500 with dinner and breakfast on weekday, JPY9,000 with dinner and breakfast on weekend
  • Barbecue Restaurant LOG-TEI: Barbecue dinner with prime beef at JPY6,090 (price for 2 guests), and much more menus
How to contact http://www.log-cabin.co.jp/reserve.html for on-line reservation (in Japanese). You can also make inquiries by “contact us” form on the English website or by e-mail above.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

Karuizawa Taliesin

August 29th, 2011 by
Category: Cuisine, Culture Art, Events, Experience, Information, Miscellaneous, Outdoor Activities, Report, Seasonal Topics, Shopping, Sightseeing
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Autumn leaves on the shores of Lake Shiozawa.
 
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Yonjyuyonenkan is a building originally constructed as a post office in 1911. It is now a restaurant and a museum.

I would like to give you the latest information of “Karuizawa Taliesin” (the previous article is here). 

Karuizawa Taliesin is a leisure park which has Lake Shiozawa, museums, play facilities, restaurants, shops and a rose garden.  It is a very popular tourist spot in Karuizawa because you can enjoy the beautiful lake and the nature.  The park shows different scenic beauty every season.  If you wish to see marvelous red and yellow leaves reflecting on the lake, the best season is approaching.

If you are interested in historical architecture, Taliesin has several important buildings which were transferred from other locations.  For example, “Meiji Yonjyuyonenkan” is a building constructed as a post office in 1911.  It is now used as “Kouko Fukazawa Nonohana Museum” and “Shunsai Pasta Restaurant Sonnet”.   “Suikyuso”, designed by an architect W. M. Vories, used to be a summer residence of Tomiko Asabuki, a prominent writer and translator of French literature.  “The Summer House” of Antonin Raymond, a masterpiece in architectural history, is used as “Musee PEYNET” today.   

If you feel like art or literature, your choices include “Musee PEYNET”, which exhibits works of a French painter Raymond Peynet, “Kouko Fukazawa Nonohana Museum”, showing paintings of wild flowers, and the “Literary Museum of Karuizawa”, exhibiting manuscripts and correspondence of writers connected with Karuizawa.

Moreover, Taliesin has a choice of great restaurants.  So you can enjoy taking a rest with great food and drinks.  You can get souvenirs, too, of course, at the shops.  And last but not least, you can just simply relax on the lakeshore.

Why not visit Karuizawa Taliesin to have a refreshing holiday?

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Boats and Suikyuso.  Taliesin is the only place in Karuizawa where you can enjoy boating.
 
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A waterway. This is the view before your eyes when you enter Taliesin from Central Gate.
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Inside of the Literary Museum of Karuizawa.

 

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Musee PEYNET. The building used to be "the Summer House" of Antonin Raymond.

 

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"Suikyuso", designed by W. M. Vories, was a summer villa of Tomiko Asabuki.

Name of the facility Karuizawa Taliesin
Description of business Park with museums, play facilities, restaurants, shops, rose garden
Address 217, Shiozawako, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111
Access
Operating dates and hours Open from 9:00 to 17:00 (10:00 to 16:00 in winter).
Prices
  • Park admission: JPY800 (adults), JPY400 (elementary and junior high).
  • Park and Museums combination ticket: JPY1,500 (adults), JPY800 (elementary and junior high).
TEL / FAX
  • TEL: 0267-46-6161 (Japan country code: 81)
  • FAX: 0267-45-3663 (Japan country code: 81)
E-mail taliesin@karuizawataliesin.com
How to contact Tel or email
URL http://www.karuizawataliesin.com
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

Glass Studio KARUIZAWA

August 26th, 2011 by
Category: Culture Art, Events, Experience, Information, Miscellaneous, Report, Shopping, Sightseeing
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Beautiful blown glasses.  Why don’t you make your own glass? (Glass Blowing Course) 
 
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Blowing a glass. (Glass Blowing Course)

One good way to make your travel more memorable and fulfilling is that you “create” something at the destination.  Today I would like to introduce “Glass Studio KARUIZAWA”, which provides various glass-making courses.  You can bring your work home, so it will become a wonderful souvenir.

Their recommended course is “Glass Blowing Course”.  In this class you will make your only glass existing in the world by choosing your favorite colors and shapes.   

They have several glass decorating courses, too.  In “Engraving Course”, you will engrave a glass with a diamond drill.  In “Sandblasting Course”, you will depict pictures by sandblasting that creates a frosted look.  In “Painting Course”, you will illustrate a glass using paint.

“Candle Making Course” is also popular.  You will make your own candle by putting transparent gel wax and lovely small glass objects into a candle.

Karuizawa is a place where many artists choose for their creative activities.  I’m sure your glass making experience will be a great memory of Karuizawa.

 

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Glasses with sandblasted finish. (Sandblasting Course)
 
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Glass candles with transparent gel wax and glass objects inside. (Candle Making Course)
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Children working during a sandblasting course.

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Glasses shining in the dark with accumulated light (option).

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Outlook of the studio.

Name of the facility Glass Studio KARUIZAWA
Description of business Offering glass blowing and decorating courses.  Selling glass works.
Tel 0267-48-0881 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-48-0881 (Japan country code: 81)
Email karuizawaglass@nifty.com
URL
Address 664-9, Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
How to contact Reservation accepted by telephone. (Email also accepted)
Access
  • From Karuizawa Station: 7 minutes by car or 20 minutes by bike.
  • From Nakakaruizawa Station: 5 minutes by car or 10 minutes by bike.
  • From Usui Karuizawa I.C. of JOSHIN-ETSU EXPRESSWAY: 10 minutes by car (parking space available).
Operating hours
  • Golden Week Holidays (end of April to beginning of May, changeable yearly), July, August and September: Open every day from 9:00 to 19:00.
  • Other periods than above: Closed on Wednesday and Thursday.  Open from 10:00 to 18:00.
Notice
Rates and other prices
  • Glass Blowing Course: From JPY3,300
  • Various Glass Decorating Courses (including painting, sandblasting and engraving): From JPY1,500
  • Candle Making Course: From JPY1,250
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

* This article is written based on the information given by the facility and the writer is not liable for the information.

B&B August 7th (Karuizawa)

August 17th, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Experience, Information, Miscellaneous, Outdoor Activities, Report, Sightseeing
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Beautiful outlook of “B&B August 7th” in the evening.
 
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The original barbecue consists of delicious pork spareribs, beef, chicken and seafood in different tasty sauces. (Dinner is optional)

Are you looking for a nice B&B in Karuizawa?  Then I’d like to introduce “B&B August 7th” located in the southern part of Karuizawa.  If you look at the left photo above showing the outlook, you will see the building has a French palace atmosphere.  The B&B’s name “August 7th” was given because it is the opening date of the B&B as well as the birthday of the owner.

The B&B welcomes tourists from overseas and has accepted many including those from the USA, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  According to the owner, the inn is also loved by TV personalities, lawyers, golf competition sponsors and famous professional golf players.

You can also enjoy your stay in various ways there.  For example, you can rent barbecue equipment and enjoy barbecue with food and drinks you bring.  Or you can use the inn as a base of tennis camp.  Or you can hold a private party inviting around 10 to 40 guests.  They also welcome tourists traveling alone.  Long stayers are welcome, too.

Why not stay in B&B August 7th when you come to Karuizawa?

  

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Breakfast. This is a photo of the hotel’s original French toast topped with season’s fruit, yogurt, blueberry sauce, and so on.
 
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This double room called “Violet” is equipped with 16c French antique bed frame with a canopy and a chandelier.
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Dining room with classic tableware.

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Stylish family bathroom surrounded by the glass.

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Japanese room in the old Karuizawa summer house style.

Name of the facility B&B August 7th
Description of business Accommodation (capacity: 45 guests, Japanese-style rooms, Western-style rooms), rental barbecue equipment
Tel 0267-41-4606 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-41-4555 (Japan country code: 81)
Email t.mitsuko@pnetclub.net
URL
http://www.bbaugust7.com/ (Click “English)
Address 13-19, Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
How to contact Fax, email, online reservation (website) or telephone.
Access
  • 4 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station.  Take Prince Dori Street, along which Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza stands.  Turn left at the second signal called Narisawa and take the first left into a narrow graveled path.  The B&B is the second on the left.
  • 24 minutes on foot from Karuizawa Station.  Take Prince Dori Street and turn left into a graveled path 3 houses before the signal called Narisawa. The B&B is on the right on the path.
Operating hours Check-in: 16:00, Check-out: 10:00
Notice
Rates and other prices JPY6,000 without meals to JPY18,500 with breakfast per person including air-conditioning
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

* This article is written based on the information given by the facility and the writer is not liable for the information.

Anti Aging Experience in Karuizawa with SPAKARU

July 5th, 2011 by
Category: Report, Shopping
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Anti Aging Possibility Check is held in this spacious salon. From the windows you can enjoy a beautiful view of green leaves.
 
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“How can I do self-care?” It’s natural for anyone to imitate others in the beginning. You don’t have to learn completely. Self-care Beauty Lesson gives you an opportunity to start taking care of your skin by yourself.

Why don’t you get “Anti Aging Possibility Check” in Karuizawa?  You will see how much you can grow younger with natural herbs at a beauty salon “Hanakaoru Karuizawa”. 

 For example:

— Lymph care can lift your bust without touching your bust. 

— Leg massage can lift your hips without touching your hips.

— Head skin treatment can lift your face, which makes you look 5 to 10 years younger.

The above is realized with SPAKARU, natural cosmetics using herbs grown in Nagano.  Once you get the know-how for anti aging, you’ll be able to try it anytime by yourself at home.  If you come to Karuizawa, I recommend you to experience “Anti Aging Possibility Check” that gives you great effect with low price!

 

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Lineup of “SPAKARU” cosmetics using rich herbs and ocean minerals. The aromas are gentle and natural, and yet they have good effect on users.
 
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Left: Before “Anti Aging Possibility Check”, Right: After the check. Only 3-minute self-care has this great effect! 
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Please enjoy herb tea with freshly-picked herbs.

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The herb farm for research of SPAKARU, spreading at 1,100 meters above sea level in the foothills of Mt. Asama in Karuizawa.

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At the herb farm about 300 kinds of herbs are grown for research. Thanks to clean air and plentiful morning dew, natural herbs with rich aroma are produced.

Name of the facility Salon’s name: Hanakaoru Karuizawa (U. Story Co., Ltd.)
Description of business
  • SPAKARU treatment for solving problems on beauty, such as “Anti Aging Possibility Check” and “Head Spa for Solving Hair Problems like Hair Growth”
  • Self-care Beauty Lesson (lesson for beauty care you can do by yourself at home)
  • Sales of SPAKARU cosmetics 
Tel 0267-44-1787 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-44-1797 (Japan country code: 81)
Email e-shop@spa-karuizawa.jp
URL
Address 355-14, Oiwake, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0115, Japan
How to contact Tel, fax or email.
Access 20 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station of JR Nagano Shinkansen or Shinano Tetsudo (Shinano Railway) or 5 minutes by taxi from Shinanooiwake Station of Shinano Tetsudo. Please call us when you arrive at the station.
Operating hours Open from 10:00 – 17:00 on weekdays. Open every other Saturday (Please contact).
Notice
Rates and other prices [Main Products]

  • Herb Essence (50ml x 2): JPY8,400
  • Herb Cream Luxury (10g): JPY10.500
  • Herb Water Spray (100ml): JPY3,675
  • Shampoo Luxury (200ml): JPY 3,675

[SPAKARU Treatment] (Reservation Essential)

  • Anti Aging Possibility Check (20 minutes): JPY2,500
  • Head Spa (30 minutes): JPY5,800
  • Body (30 minutes) Basic: JPY6,800, Special: JPY15,000
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, KARUIZAWA

June 25th, 2011 by
Category: Culture Art, Report
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Beautiful garden in front of the entrance to SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.
 
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Exhibition room.  Front from left, “Emak Bakia”, “By Itself II”, “Monument au Peinture Inconnu” (Man Ray), Back from left, “Target”, “Usuyuki” (Jasper Johns) 

SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, celebrating the 30th anniversary this year, is located near Sengataki Waterfall, a beautiful area with abundant nature.  Its vast premises include a museum building as well as a specious garden which has art works on the lawn, near the river and among trees.  

The museum has a systematic collection of modern art works by world-famous artists from the early 20th century to the present.  It currently houses about 500 works of prominent modern artists including Wassily Kandinsky, Man Ray, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Shusaku Arakawa, Hisao Domoto, Tadanori Yokoo and Kazumi Nakamura.   The museum’s collection is selectively exhibited to the public in spring and summer under the name of “SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART COLLECTION Exhibition”.  On the other hand, the museum introduces art works of upcoming young Japanese artists in autumn under the name of “ART TODAY Exhibition”.

After or before you enjoy the art, you could take a rest in a nice museum cafe with a terrace.  Its menu includes light meals such as pasta and sandwiches, and handmade cakes.  I had a banana cake and a coffee and they were very good!  If you’d like to get some museum postcards or art books, you could drop by a museum shop.

Why not come down to Karuizawa to enjoy fine modern art at SEZON MUSEUM?

 

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Clubhouse sandwich is a popular menu at the museum cafe.  Why not take a rest?
 
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You can walk around a spacious lawn garden with art works.
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The garden is refreshing with trees and a river.

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Exhibition room. From left, "Untitled" (Louise Nevelson), "Bird" (R.B.E), "Yes Coke" (Cesar), "Perpetual Motif" (R.B.E), "Pain Dore (Pandora)" (Man Ray), "Portfolio 'Mao Tse-Tung'" (Andy Warhol), "Gay Liberation" (George Segal).

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Banana cake and coffee I enjoyed in the cafe with a garden view. They were delicious!

 

Name of the facility SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Description of business Museum, cafe and shop
Tel 0267-46-2020 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-46-2021 (Japan country code: 81)
Email karuizawa@smma.or.jp
URL
http://www.smma.or.jp/ (Click “English”)
Address 2140, Serigasawa, Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
How to contact Fax or email.
Access
  • Take JR Nagano Shinkansen and get off at Karuizawa station or take Shinano Tetsudo (Shinano Railway) and get off at Nakakaruizawa station.
  • Take a bus bound for “Kusatsu Onsen” and get off at “Sengataki Onsen Iriguchi”.
  • Walk 10 minutes.
Operating hours Open from the middle of Apr to the end of Nov.  10:00 – 18:00 (Apr to Oct), 10:00 – 17:00 (Nov). Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. Closed on Thursdays (open every day in Aug). Possible closing on other days for changing exhibits.
Notice
  • Please refrain from bringing cars, bikes and pets inside the gate (there is a parking lot outside the gate)
  • Please refrain from eating and drinking, entering the lawn, taking wild plants and insects, playing with balls in the garden.
  • Please refrain from talking on mobiles, touching works, taking photos, speaking loudly and running inside the museum building.
Rates and other prices Adults: JPY1,000 (JPY900), University and senior high students: JPY700 (JPY600), Junior high and elementary students: JPY300 (JPY200). Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

Listen to FM Karuizawa

May 30th, 2011 by
Category: Culture Art, Report
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Radio station of FM Karuizawa. Tune in to 77.5 MHz!
 
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FM Karuizawa hosts or cosponsors various music events.   

Today I would like to introduce “FM Karuizawa”, a community radio station based in Karuizawa celebrating the 10th anniversary since its establishment.  Luckily I was able to talk to Ms. Tomoko Shimizu, who is one of the popular radio personalities appearing in the programs “Morning Blend” (Mon to Fri) and “Afternoon Blend” (Mon to Thu).  Let me share with you the following information heard from her.

You can listen to their programs 24 hours not only on the radio at 77.5 MHz but also on the Internet (http://fm-karuizawa.net/).  That means, if you access the Internet, you can listen to FM Karuizawa from every part of the world.   How convenient and amazing!

The radio station reports news, event and life information mainly on Karuizawa.  So you can know what is happening and what will happen in Karuizawa from the radio, which will be helpful for planning your travel.  And of course, they play music, too.   You can listen to English and Japanese songs and various music.  It will be a good opportunity for tourists if you wish to know what kind of music is currently popular in Japan.  Many drivers tune in to FM Karuizawa in the car when they drive through Karuizawa.  

Their activities are not limited to radio broadcasting.   They host, co-host or cooperate many sorts of events especially in the fields of sports and classical music.  On June 4th and 5th, a cycling event called “granfondo karuizawa” will be held.  Cyclists gather in Karuizawa and enjoy either a 40- or 125-kilometer bike ride.  And in August, two big classical music festivals will be held: “Karuizawa Arts Festival” and “Karuizawa International Music Festival.”  If you come to these concerts, I’m sure you will have wonderful holidays with authentic music in Karuizawa’s cool and beautiful summer.  Furthermore, FM Karuizawa issues a free magazine called “Platinum Magazine” for those who wish to spend a relaxing time in Karuizawa.  You can get it for free at many places in the town.

Why not tune in to FM Karuizawa and make your life and travel happier? 

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Equipment for radio broadcasting. Microphone and cough system. 
 
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  Councilors and staff of FM Karuizawa.
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Editing work is also a very important job in radio broadcasting.

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Ms. Shimizu Tomoko, a radio personality I talked to.

 

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Cycling event "granfondo karuizawa" will be held on June 4-5, 2011 with cooperation of FM Karuizawa.

Name of the facility FM Karuizawa
Description of business FM radio broadcasting (77.5 MHz and Internet radio), Planning and organizing events, Issuing free magazines, Sales of concert tickets
Tel 0267-41-3838 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-41-2626 (Japan country code: 81)
Email 77.5@fm-karuizawa.co.jp
URL
Address Sawayakahatto 2F, 1178-1186, Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0102, Japan
Reservations and inquiries Tel, fax or email.
Access 2F of JR Karuizawa Station
Operating hours 9:00 – 18:00
Room type and capacity
Rates and other prices Please contact.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

May 10th, 2011 by
Category: Events, Information, Onsens (Hot Springs), Outdoor Activities, Report, Seasonal Topics, Sightseeing

As the snow in the highlands starts to melt, Nagano shifts from white season to green season. 

The Kurobe-Tateyama Alpen Route opened on 16-April, the gateway to the Northen Alps, Kamikochi ‘opened’ on 27-April, and Togakushi’s Ninja House opened in time for Golden Week. 

Many train and bus schedules are adjusted for the green season. I have updated the schedules connecting our onsen town, Togura Kamiyamada with Togakushi and Jigokudani for post-white season.

Note: Togakushi has been undergoing a ‘power spot’ boom from last year resulting in overflowing parking lots. If you go, taking the bus from Nagano Station may actually be more convenient. Feel free to use this schedule.

Selected Bus and Train times for Nagano Station to Kanbayashi, trailhead for Jigokudani and the snow monkeys

Selected Bus and Train times for Nagano Station to Kanbayashi, trailhead for Jigokudani and the snow monkeys

Note: Jigokudani’s snow monkeys are cute even when there’s no snow. They still soak in the onsen baths in the summer, and the new babies will be born soon so you’ll be able to enjoy seeing the little fur balls running all over the place. Hopefully this schedule will make sense out of the bus and train options.

Selected bus times between Nagano Station and Togakushi

Selected bus times between Nagano Station and Togakushi

SAWAYA’s Fresh Jam in Karuizawa

May 2nd, 2011 by
Category: Cuisine, Report, Shopping
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Hulling strawberries by human hands.  SAWAYA offers start-to-finish production of jam.
 
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Fresh strawberries in a large caldron in the jam factory.

// SAWAYA is operating as usual without any influence of the March 11th earthquake and radiation as of May 2, 2011.  Please feel safe to come. //

“Jam” is one of the most popular souvenirs of Karuizawa.  In the end of the 19th century, Westerners living in Japan, many of whom were Christian missionaries, started to live in Karuizawa during summer.  Karuizawa’s summer is cool (the max temperature seldom exceeds 30 degrees Celsius), so foreign residents came here to escape from Japan’s hot and humid summer.  During their stay, they taught European culture and techniques to Karuizawa’s local residents.  Jam is said to be one of such techniques conveyed from foreign residents. 

Today I would like to introduce a famous jam production and sales company called SAWAYA to you.  SAWAYA, started as a greengrocer’s in 1952, is proud of start-to-finish production of jam at their own factory.  They use only domestic fresh fruits harvested at their best in each season.  Their jam, made without additives, ranked No.1 in the “Breakfast Jam Ranking” of Nikkei, a prestigious newspaper.  If you go to SAWAYA shops, you’ll be surprised by a huge variety of jam flavors.  According to the staff, the most popular flavor is strawberry, the second blueberry, and the third orange marmalade.  They also offer jam making experience programs.  It will be a good memory if you join one.

SAWAYA runs restaurants, too.  At Restaurant “CoDow” surrounded by trees, you can enjoy French food in a nice atmosphere.  At SAWAYA CAFE and Kyu-Karuizawa Cafe, snacks like Russian piroshki and drinks are served.  And on April 28th 2011, a brand-new bakery cafe called “Patisserie et Cafe fleur fleur” has just opened.  You can buy or eat sweets, bread or some meals there.  

The writer (me) is also an old fan of SAWAYA and likes to give the jam to friends and families as Karuizawa’s specialty.  When you come to Karuizawa, please don’t miss it! 

 

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From left, strawberry jam, blueberry jam, orange marmalade. They are just a few of SAWAYA’s large collection of flavors.
 
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Restaurant “CoDow”, a casual French restaurant, is spacious and surrounded by trees.
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Piroshki, a Russian-style fried meat bun, is a popular menu at cafes.

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Beautiful sweets with fresh ingredients. Available at "fleur fleur", etc.

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A variety of bread at "fleur fleur". Why not take a rest during sightseeing?

Name of the facility SAWAYA
Description of business Production and sales of jam, restaurants 
Tel 0267-46-2400 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-46-2404 (Japan country code: 81)
Email info@sawaya-jam.com
URL
Address 702, Shiozawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
Reservations and inquiries Please contact by fax or email.
Access Map is available on SAWAYA’s website.

  • Sawaya Bypass Shop (Restaurant “CoDow”, Patisserie et Cafe “fleur fleur”, jam shop): Along R18 Bypass. 5 mins by taxi from Karuizawa Station.
  • Kyukaruizawa Shop and Cafe: Near Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street.
  • Kyukaru Rotary Shop: Along Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street.
  • SAWAYA CAFE: Along Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street.
  • Shin-Karuizawa Shop: 5 mins on foot from Karuizawa Station North Exit.
  • Prince Dori Shop: Along Prince Dori (or Prince Street). 8 mins on foot from Karuizawa Station South Exit.
  • SAWAYA Jam Factory: 20 mins by taxi from Karuizawa Station. 
  • Karuizawa Station Shop: Near the ticket gates at Karuizawa Station.
Operating hours
  • Jam shops are open throughout the year from 9:00 to 19:00 (time changeable in winter).
  • Restaurant “CoDow”: Open every day in July and August.  For other months, closed on Tuesdays.  Possible winter closure.
  • Patisserie et cafe “fleur fleur”: Newly opened on April 28, 2011. Closed on Thursdays.
Room type and capacity
Rates and other prices
  • Jam: Different prices
  • Jam Making Experience Program: JPY2,800 (including factory tour), JPY3,850 (including afternoon tea, JPY2,500 for children), JPY5,250 (including multi-course lunch, JPY3,150 for children)
  • Restaurant “CoDow”: Set lunch from JPY1,420
  • SAWAYA CAFE: Piroshki JPY280, blueberry soft ice cream JPY400
  • Patisserie et Cafe “Fleur Fleur”: Bread from JPY100, Brunch from JPY800, Lunch from JPY900
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa

April 13th, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Report
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The appearance of “Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa” surrounded by greenery.
 
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The guestroom “Carmen” is charming with the interior in rose patterns, accommodating up to 5 guests. 

// Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa is operating as usual without any influence of the March 11th earthquake and radiation as of April 13, 2011. Please feel safe to come. //

Today I would like to introduce “Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa”.  As the name suggests, the hotel’s concept is music.  The hotel owner is a great fan of music and his wife, who majored in vocal music at a music university, loves singing.  

When you are in the hotel, you can feel music everywhere.  There is a piano in the dining room, where a small concert is sometimes held.  The hotel keys are attached to wooden key holders in the forms of musical instruments.  There is a large collection of classical music CDs.  Above all, all the guestrooms are named after heroines of opera: Elizabeth (from “Tannhauser”), Tosca (from “Tosca”), Pamina (from “The Magic Flute”), Aida (from “Aida”), Rosina (from “The Barber of Seville”), Carmen (from “Carmen”), and Rosalinde (from “The Bat”).  Each room has a different interior reflecting the image of the opera heroine.

The hotel is, of course, fascinating not only for music lovers but also for anyone who wishes to have a comfortable stay.  The hotel’s location, the northwestern part of Karuizawa, is tranquil and abundant in greenery.  One of the attractions of the hotel is their refreshing open-air bath from which you can enjoy a view of the beautiful national forest.  Since it is a family-bath style, meaning that the bath is used by each guest group in turn, you can have a relaxing bath time privately.  All the guestrooms except for one are also equipped with a private bathroom.  As for dinner, you can choose French multi-course dinner or cheese fondu multi-course dinner, which are prepared by the owner’s wife.  Both the dinners are great.  Breakfast is also voluminous and freshly baked bread is quite popular among guests.

So, in short, I can recommend Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa to everyone!   You can find more photos on their website shown below.  I’m sure you will have a refreshing and memorable stay there.   

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Champagne “OPERA” with the Paris Opera House mark can be ordered.
 
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Beautiful and delicious French multi-course dinner.  You can also choose cheese fondu dinner.
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Refreshing open-air bath with a view of national forest.

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Hearty breakfast. Freshly baked original bread is popular among guests.

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Hotel owner and his wife in front of the entrance. They give you a warm welcome.

Name of the facility Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa
Description of business Accommodation
Tel 0267-44-3133 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-44-3122 (Japan country code: 81)
Email opera@sas.janis.or.jp
URL
Address 5664-3, Ohinata, Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
Reservations and inquiries  [Inquiry and Reservation Procedure]

  1. Please email an “inquiry message” to opera@sas.janis.or.jp with following information. (1) Name, (2) Address, nationality, phone number and email address, (3) Check-in and check-out dates, (4) Number of guests (basically children aged 10 or younger cannot stay. Please contact), (5) Room type you hope to stay (number of beds, double or twin, etc.), (6) Whether you will have dinner and breakfast, (7) Contact details of the previous night’s stay (location, hotel name, etc.)  (8) Question if you have.
  2. The hotel will email an “inquiry reply message” in English within 24 hours. (If you don’t receive it within 24 hours, your inquiry message might not have safely arrived. In that case, please email your inquiry message again, or fax or call.)
  3. If you agree to the inquiry reply message (above 2), please email a “formal reservation message”.
  4. The hotel will email a “formal reservation confirmation message”.
  5. Please print out the formal reservation confirmation message (above 4) and show it to the hotel when you check in.
Access
  • If you come by train, 15 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station (JR Nagano Shinkansen or Shinano Tetsudo) or 5 minutes by taxi from Shinano Oiwake Station (Shinano Tetsudo, 10 minutes from Karuizawa). The hotel can pick you up at Shinano Oiwake Station except during busy seasons. If you need pickup service, please contact the hotel for availability.
  • If you come by car, you can use Usui Karuizawa I.C., Komoro I.C., Saku I.C., Tobu Yunomaru I.C., or Matsuida Myogi I.C.
Operating hours Check-in is at 15:00 and check-out is at 10:00.
Room type and capacity Western-style guestrooms. The hotel can accommodate up to 20 guests.
Rates and other prices JPY10,800 or more per person with dinner and breakfast and JPY6,000 or more per person without meals, both for rooms of 2 to 5 guests. Price is changeable depending on the day and the season.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)