Hey! I’m going to share some photos I took in Karuizawa last month (OTL, I hope it’s not too late, but my thesis and job are ganging up on me)
Alright, let’s begin….
Karuizawa is located on Nagano Prefecture. It’s still pretty close from Tokyo and could be reached within one hour from Tokyo by Shinkansen (5500¥ one way, covered by JR Pass, JR east Pass).
I use my Seishun 18 Kippu, so I don’t use shinkansen but a normal JR train which takes around 3 hours.
There are a lot of activities that could be done at Karuizawa. You could find a skiing resort, a big outlet shopping area, and several hot springs (温泉 – onsen)
As soon as we arrived, we went to our hotel in Naka-Karuizawa. It’s only 1 station stop from Karuizawa station. The thing is, the train is not that frequent. Luckily, our hotel was really close to the Hoshino Onsen and there is a free shuttle bus from Karuizawa to Hoshino.
Our hotel’s name is Pension Memoirs. It’s not that big but it’s warm and homey.
PS: The owner could not speak English.
It cost around 4000¥ ish per night including breakfast.
This is the dining room
We just dropped our luggage and we went straight to ShiroIto no Taki (白糸の滝)
It literally means ‘white string waterfall’.
You will know why, soon.
We had to walked around 150m to reached the waterfall.
Be careful, it’s quite slippery.
Actually, unlike the other waterfalls, this waterfall is very thin.
When you look at it from afar, it will look like a white, thin thread.
That’s why it’s called the white string waterfall.
The water is actually very clean.
And you could get closer to the waterfall.
I didn’t wear a proper waterproof boots and it was so cold, so..
I could not go closer to the waterfall
Let me pose like a model…
Oops, just kidding! It was slippery
Meet Max, my friend. I really want to push him in this photo LOL
I don’t know what is this, but it looks so cute.. LOL
The last bus from here to Karuizawa station is at 5PM.
We had to head back soon.
And after we went to this waterfall, we went to Hoshino Resort Area for dinner. This area has a lot of restaurants and a hot-spring!!
The hotspring itself has an indoor and outdoor part. Entrance fee is around 800¥, but if you don’t bring towel you could rent from them which cost around 200-500¥ depends on the size of the towel.
The onsen is called Tonpo no yu (トンポの湯)
If you watch the Korean variety show “Return of Superman”,
Choo Sunghoon brought Sarang to this place.
The next day, we went to Kusatsu Onsen.
Kusatsu has the largest natural flow of hot spring water in all of Japan. My friend said it’s the hottest hot spring in Japan. The sulfurous, highly acidic waters have been considered among Japan’s best.
I will write about it in my next post.
As always, comments are loved!
Have a good day!