First of all, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all the victims of the massive earthquakes on March 11. I can’t stop praying for the damaged areas’ soonest recovery. I have also been touched with other countries’ concern and assistance for Japan.
As I have received lots of inquiries about the situation in Karuizawa, let me make a quick notice here. Karuizawa, where I live, has not been affected by the earthquakes, as announced by Karuizawa Tourist Association. As far as I know, the life is generally normal and the companies and shops are operated.
For those who wish to have official information on Japan, here (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/) is the Japanese government’s “notice for overseas visitors traveling Northeastern Japan and the surrounding areas including Tokyo”. It has comprehensive information in English. Please be careful not to get incorrect or outdated information when you plan a trip. If you want to know anything about individual facilities or events, I recommend you to check with that concerned party. Many facilities are operated as normal in Nagano.
With warmest regards.