I am planning to go to Karuizawa from TYO from 6 to 8 Aug ( 2 nights) as my partner is playing golf on a day there. Any suggestions please as to which other town or places we can visit for another night or 2 from Karuizawa? I have been to Kusatsu Onsen town before and am looking for another place to visit. Thank you
Ueda City and Bessho Onsen are nearby Karuizawa and offer historical sites and hot springs. Ueda Castle and Yanagimachi Street are in Ueda, and many beautiful temples like Kitamuki Kannon and Anrakuji can be found in Bessho. Anrakuji’s eight-sided pagoda is a national treasure. This blog post covers many of these spots so you can get a better idea of them.
Above Ueda is Sugadaira Kogen, a highland area that is perfect to visit in summer. They have golf courses, tennis courts, and hiking trails. It can be reached from Ueda station by local bus.
Ueda can be reached from Karuizawa by Shinkansen in 20 min., or via Shinano railway line in 45 min.
How does that sound? If you’re looking for something else, please let me know.