WEEKEND GETAWAY TO KARUIZAWA HARUNIRE TERRACE
The Hoshino area is tucked in beside a charming forest that runs alongside the Yukawa River in Nagano Prefecture. Located 1000m above sea level near the foot of Mt. Asamai it serves as a tranquil destination for seasonal travelers. Karuizawa is located 150 km northwest of the capital city of Tokyo – a one hour ride on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train).
For affluent Japanese, holidaying in Karuizawa is a status symbol. High level political, business and cultural figures all own holiday homes there, primarily to escape the summer heat that blankets the city. It was in Karuizawa in 1958 that the reigning Emperor of Japan first met Empress Michiko.
In recent times more people are visiting throughout the four seasons. Karuizawa’s beautiful natural setting and cultural treasures make it an idyllic place to relax and re-energize the body, mind and spirit.
Harunire Terrace is an open area courtyard offering a collection of 14 fine shops, a gallery, beauty salon and restaurants including the famous Maruyama Coffee cafe and bookshop. Situated riverside, one can take a stroll on the boardwalk by the water, souvenir shop or enjoy Chinese, Italian or casual Japanese dining featuring the local ingredients of Karuizawa.
Harunire Terrace is managed by the legendary Hoshino Resorts Group. The terrace area boardwalk weaves itself around a handsome collection of elm trees (Harunire) which stand tall over the pristine waters of the adjacent Yukawa River. Sipping tea outdoors surrounded by fiery autumn leaves and the sounds of a murmuring stream is worth the trip alone.
Christmas time features beautiful lights embedded in green wreaths that lend a magical quality to the experience. Refined shops offer something for even the most discerning of visitors. It’s an ideal place to buy souvenirs, sweets, or luxury presents.
It is an ideal place where one can enjoy the refreshing natural scenery together with Karuizawa’s uniquely fashionable townscape.
Hoshino, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun,
Tel: +81-(0)50-3786-0066 (8:00~21:00)