December 2nd, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Events, Experience, Information, Onsens (Hot Springs), Report, Sightseeing
Standard Twin room (30 square meters). All the guest rooms of HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA are spacious.
Open bath attached to Special Roten Room. You can enjoy a relaxing bath time privately.

HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA is within a 15-minute walk of Karuizawa Station.  There is no doubt that the convenient location is an advantage, but the hotel’s attractions do not end there. 

The hotel is in the center of Karuizawa, yet it faces a quiet street.  The neighborhood has a lot of greenery, so you can enjoy your holiday surrounded by the refreshing environment.  When you arrive at the hotel and enter your room, you will be pleasantly surprised at its spaciousness.  Even the smallest room has the area of 30 square meters, and the majority of the rooms have the area of 50 or more square meters. 

Another fascination is bath.  There is a large public bath with radium spring water, which is good for your health.  Furthermore, some of the rooms have a private open-air bath attached to the room (the right photo above).  Those baths will surely relax your body and mind.

Cuisine would also be satisfactory.  For dinner, you can choose from French food and Japanese food.  You would enjoy a lot of fresh local ingredients with good wine.  For Japanese food, they offer such food as shabushabu (thinly-sliced beef cooked in a pan on the table), teppan-yaki (hot plate cooking) and hot pot.

I hope you will have a wonderful stay at HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA.

Teppan-Yaki (cooked on a hot plate) premium beef is served at the hotel’s Japanese restaurant “Bien”.  
A romantic night view of the courtyard reminiscent of a forest in Karuizawa.

This large public bath is open exclusively to hotel guests.



An example of French multi-course dinner.



The hotel's entrance. You can walk from Karuizawa Station.

Name of the facility HOTEL CYPRESS KARUIZAWA
Description of business Accommodation (capacity: 355 guests) with tea and bar lounge, French restaurant, Teppan-Yaki restaurant, wedding chapel, spa salon, banquet rooms and public and private baths.  
Address 287-1, Karuizawa-higashi, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0104
  • TEL: 0267-42-0011 (Japan country code: 81)
  • FAX: 0267-42-0989 (Japan country code: 81)
Access 15 minutes on foot from Karuizawa Station. Go out of North Exit of Karuizawa Station and walk 700 meters toward the direction of Naka-Karuizawa. Map is here:
Operating dates and hours Contact for winter closure (about 10 days). The restaurants are from 18:00 to 22:00 (last orders at 20:30, reservation needed). The lounge is from 10:00 to 22:00 (23:00 on days before holidays).
Prices Minimum rate for a twin room is JPY15,000 per person with dinner and breakfast. Prices are changeable depending on the season, so please contact the hotel.
How to contact Email or contact form below.
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). (Click “English” button.)

Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa

April 13th, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Report
The appearance of “Piccolo Hotel Opera Karuizawa” surrounded by greenery.
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.   

Champagne “OPERA” with the Paris Opera House mark can be ordered.
Beautiful and delicious French multi-course dinner.  You can also choose cheese fondu dinner.

Refreshing open-air bath with a view of national forest.


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


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)
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 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.
  • 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). (Click “English” button.)

Hotel Generous Karuizawa

April 2nd, 2011 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Events, Report
The appearance of Hotel Generous Karuizawa in the evening.
Entrance and lobby.  In winter the wood stove will warm you.

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

I often go cycling in the southern part of Karuizawa, not only for holding guided bike tours but also for my own refreshment.  South Karuizawa boasts beautiful, open and tranquil scenery with rich nature.  When I go to South Karuizawa by bike, I often pass by beautiful buildings surrounded by green lawn and have been curious about them for long.  This time, finally, I visited there, “Hotel Generous Karuizawa”.  So let me introduce it to you.

First of all, Hotel Generous Karuizawa stands in a specious ground as the above photo.  The European-style buildings and guestrooms are elegant and classic.   Each of the ten guestrooms has its own design, so you can choose the room of your taste by looking at the photo gallery of the hotel’s website.   You will have dinner and breakfast at the restaurant called “Artigny”.  The restaurant serves authentic French multi-course dinner and Western-style breakfast using seasonally fresh local ingredients (they even have their own farm!).  In warm seasons, you can enjoy breakfast at the terrace with a great view of the extensive lovely garden.

Hotel Generous Karuizawa is also known for wedding.  They have their own chapel on their premise where you can have a wedding ceremony.  They have four different types of banquet rooms, Andrews, Angella, Artigny and Anny, where you can hold a wedding banquet.  You can choose the room depending on your taste and group size, from a very small group to a large group of 120 guests.

If you like to have a relaxing mountain resort holiday, why not staying at Hotel Generous Karuizawa?  I’m sure you will have a special time there.


Suite double room on the second floor.
Suite twin room (Barrier free).

Restaurant Artigny. Dinner and breakfast are served.



French dinner with fresh and seasonal local ingredients.


Breakfast at the refreshing terrace facing a beautiful garden.

Name of the facility Hotel Generous Karuizawa
Description of business Accommodation and wedding
Tel 0267-48-1105 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-48-2825 (Japan country code: 81)
Address 566, Hocchi, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0113, Japan
Reservations and inquiries Online reservation (on hotel homepage), Email, Fax or Tel (Telephone is available from 10:00 to 19:00) 
10 minutes by bus from Karuizawa Station or 10 minutes by car from Karuizawa IC.  (Map is on hotel homepage)
Operating dates and hours Open every day of the year (sometimes closed on Tuesday in winter) 
No. of guestrooms 10 Western-style rooms (can accommodate 20 guests)
Rates and other prices JPY10,000 or more per person with breakfast (if standard double room)
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). (Click “English” button.)

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 (Top page) (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). (Click “English” button.)