Karuizawa Tourism, Japan

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Karuizawa (軽井沢町 Karuizawa-machi) is a town in Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2016, the town has an estimated population of 19,769 and has a total area of 156.05 square kilometres (60.25 sq mi). At an elevation of 1,000 m (3,281 ft) and a temperate summer climate, Karuizawa is a popular year round resort offering many outdoor sport, hot spring and recreational activities. Convenient road and rail access from central Tokyo, has ensured Karuizawa's popularity as a location for second homes and resort hotels since the Meiji era. The town is known for its historic shopping street known as "Ginza dōri" or "Kyū-dō" (Ginza Street, or the Old Road) and association with both Japanese royalty and visitors such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Karuizawa hosted equestrian events in the 1964 Summer Olympics as well as curling in the 1998 Winter Olympics. To date, it is the only city in the world to have hosted both Summer and Winter Olympic events. Since 1997 Karuizawa has been accessible via the JR East Nagano Shinkansen. New high speed rail links has resulted in modest population growth and the development of large outlet style shopping malls.


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Facts and Stats for Karuizawa*

  • Karuizawa: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Karuizawa for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Karuizawa.

    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Karuizawa - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 100 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Karuizawa

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Karuizawa

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.32 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14.93 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.2 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 81.45 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 54.3 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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