Karuizawa Mampei Hotel – Classic and Luxury –

December 31st, 2010 by
Category: Accomodations, Report, Sightseeing
Front view of Mampei Hotel in winter.  The hotel and Karuizawa are also beautiful in spring, summer and autumn.
Classic guest room in Main Building Alps constructed in 1936.  Mr. John Lennon was one of the fans of this hotel. 

“Mampei Hotel” in Karuizawa is one of Japan’s representative classic resort hotels with long history and tradition in the quiet greenery setting.  It started operation in 1894 as a western-style hotel, but its predecessor, a Japanese-style inn, dates back to 1764.  What is good about this hotel is that while it has atmosphere of good old days, we can enjoy a comfortable stay with functional amenities and friendly customer service at the same time.

Mampei Hotel has been loved by many prominent guests domestically and internationally.  Mr. John Lennon spent four summers from 1976 to 1979 in this hotel.   John seemed to enjoy his relaxing holidays with his Japanese wife and loving son in Karuizawa.  In 1972 the then Prime Minister Tanaka and the then U.S. Presidential Assistant Kissinger had a meeting in Sakurano-ma Room of this hotel.  From 1945 to 1952, the post-war period, Mampei Hotel was seized by the U.S. eighth Army and accommodated American officers.  In accordance with its tradition to welcome foreign guests, some of the staff still now receive English lauguage and culture training to improve their skills.

It has several types of guest rooms and independent cottages, so you can choose a room of your taste.  If you plan to come to Karuizawa for a one-day trip, you can still enjoy fine food and drink in the restaurants and the cafe in the hotel.   

The hotel is usually closed from the end of January to the beginning of March, so please check the latest information.  I’m sure you will have a memorable stay every season.

In the luxurious Main Dining Room, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This room
was once used as a dance hall in old days.
Why not enjoy your special night in Japan in the hotel bar with atmosphere? 

Stained glass shows old-time Karuizawa, which used to have 3 resting stations along Route Nakasendo in Edo era.



Juicy beef hamburger steak with tasty sauce served with vegetables (serving style can be changed).


Delicious and fresh omelet, toast with hotel's original jam and butter, coffee, etc. in breakfast.

Name of the facility Mampei Hotel
Address 925, Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0102, Japan
  • About 4 minutes (about 2 km) by taxi from “Karuizawa” station of JR Nagano Shinkansen or Shinano Tetsudo (Shinano Railway). 
  • From Tokyo to Karuizawa it takes about 70 minutes by JR Nagano Shinkansen.
Operating dates and hours
  • Open daily except for winter closing period (in case of 2011, closure is from Jan 23 to the noon of Mar 4). 
  • [Restaurants] Main Dining Room (French and western cuisine) / Manzanro (Chinese cuisine) / Cafe Terrace (coffee, snack, cakes) / Yugyoan (Kyoto-style Japanese cuisine.  Seasonally open) / Bar.  Please check the latest opening dates and hours for each.  The restaurants are at least closed during the hotel closing period above.
Room Rates [In case of 2010] JPY 22,200 or more per twin room.  There are several types of value packages that include room rate, dinner, breakfast, etc.  Please check the latest information.
TEL 0267-42-1234 (Japan country code: 81)
FAX 0267-42-7766 (Japan country code: 81)
URL http://mampei.co.jp/ (Top page)www.mampei.co.jp/room_reserve/index_english.html (English)
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.)