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Hoshinoya Karuizawa

Nagano, Japan


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Luxury Holidays At Hoshinoya Karuizawa

For a little culture and calm on your tailor-made Japan holiday, Hoshinoya Karuizawa is nestled amid the wildlife-rich forests of Karuizawa, while just a 90-minute train ride from vibrant Tokyo. Its design resembles a hot spring resort village, comprising self-contained pavilions, an elevated living room, dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a charming library lounge serving up complimentary tea, coffee, sparkling wine and local snacks. The property is around 70 percent self-sustaining through energy from the nearby hot springs, which are echoed through its own meditation bath and nature-based spa. Join an eco-tour of the adjacent Picchio Wildlife Centre or ride beside Mount Asama on horseback, before returning to feast on exceptional Kaiseki cuisine.

  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: A sustainable riverside retreat amid the Karuizawa mountains
  • Feature: Hot springs and a meditation bath for soaking
  • Rooms: 77 self contained pavilions
  • Star rating: 5 Star
  • Nearest airport: Tokyo Haneda Airport
Autumn Exterior (Photo Credit to Hoshino Resorts)
Location and transfer

Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes by road or 1 hour, 30 minutes by train from Tokyo. The property is around ten minutes from Karuizawa Station by complimentary shuttle.


Divided among the traditional-style villas that dot around the lake’s perimeter and designed to maximise the stunning surroundings, rooms are either located beside the river or nestled in the forest. Each feature large picture windows, lavish furnishings, in-room dining seating, lofty ceilings and floors heated by the hot springs, while some also boast private terraces or expansive Japanese gardens. Encouraging you to switch off, rejuvenate and embrace your surroundings, there are no televisions.

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Spa & Wellness

Embracing the heritage of Karuizawa, the property boasts its very own meditation hot spring, inviting you to bathe either inside or out. If that doesn't leave you feeling invigorated enough, there is also a spa comprising several luxurious cabins on the lake, in which you can indulge in treatments to improve both physical and spiritual wellbeing. The famed nearby Tombo-no-yu baths are available exclusively to hotel guests in the mornings, inviting you to bask in the soft morning light and listen to the chirping of songbirds.

Dining & Gourmet

The restaurant serves up traditional multi-course Kaiseki cuisine for dinner, masterfully showcasing the best of local produce - particularly river fish, top-quality game and seasonal vegetables. The seating area runs parallel to the terraced hillside, overlooked by huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Breakfast is offered in either classic Japanese style or more western favourites, while takeout Bento boxes can be prepared if you're heading out for the day to explore.

Wildlife Encounters

The resort is just moments away from the Picchio Wildlife Research Centre, at which expert guides are on hand to take you on dedicated walks through the reserve, pointing out the wondrous wildlife and highlighting how the centre is aiming to help their conservation. Possible tours include those in search of flying squirrels and birds, as well as a night drive in search of the area's nocturnal species.


Families are welcome here and little ones will love spending time in the dedicated Children's Room, while child-friendly Bento boxes can be prepared by the chefs on request.


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