Finally, Harunire Terrace is opened at the Hoshino area. I would think this is going to be one of the popular tourist attractions in Karuizawa. If I put “Harunire”, maybe it’s hard for some to pronouce properly and others to hear clearly. I always think ” L ” should be used instead of ” R ” for describing Japanese accent la, li, lu, le, lo. Could anyone agree? 🙂 Anyway, the Harunire’s ” nire ” or ” nile ” is an elm tree. The place is surrounded by about a hundred elm trees and there are 14 shops including eco-modern style restaurants, cafe and souvenir shops etc. I actually liked the area’s atmosphere created by Hoshino Resort and personally like the way they do business. Some may still prefer Prince Shopping Plaza but Harunire area has different stores and goods. I visited there about two weeks ago so there was not much traffic in and around the parking lot but to tell you the truth, I’m a little worried the lack of parking space during summer season and the golden week. So the best time to go there is before lunch time or after 5pm.
Link to the homepage (Japanese only) http://www.hoshinoya.com/facilities/harunire.html