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Karuizawa History Town Walk

Kgs N.

3.00(1) reviews
3 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 40 people

Why not explore Karuizawa, a famous upper-market mountain resort welcoming about 8 million visitors a year? You will walk around the Old Town area with a local guide. The destinations include historic lanes and paths, one of the area's famous churches, areas with holiday villas, Karuizawa Ginza Street and more! You will experience a cafe break, which is a must when you come to a resort area.

Meeting Point

At the ticket gates of JR Hokuriku Shinkansen in Karuizawa Station

You will walk around the Old Town area, the most popular tourist destination.

You will enjoy lots of interesting talk about the present and the past Karuizawa by our local guide.

Walking along beautiful tree-shaded lanes lined by holiday villas is really refreshing.

Historic spots we often visit: Whisper Lane, Hori-Tatsuo Lane, Mampei Street, Mampei Hotel, a church (one of Shaw Memorial Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church or Union Church), Karuizawa Ginza Street (the ancient Nakasendo Highway in the Edo period), etc.

Ending Point

At the ticket gates of JR Hokuriku Shinkansen in Karuizawa Station (changeable)

What to Expect

By walking with a local guide, you will make a lot of interesting discoveries and have new knowledge about a famous resort town, Karuizawa. You will enjoy walking along leafy beautiful lanes which are difficult to smoothly find without a guide. A short break at a cafe will be a relaxing and cozy time. Usually we stay in a cafe for about 30 minutes. Other than that, we basically keep walking while sometimes stopping at historic buildings or sites for about a few to ten minutes for each.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, one drink at a cafe

What‘s not included

No additional fee during the tour. If you do some shopping, or in the case you decide to stop walking and take a taxi when you are tired, please make payment on your own.

Important Information

We can confirm your booking after checking availability of our guides. We recommend early booking, like one to several months before the tour day to increase a chance to send our guide, but we can accept a booking up to 3 days before the tour day. We normally meet our customers at Karuizawa Station or Naka-Karuizawa Station (for Karuizawa History Town Walk, we start at only Karuizawa Station). If you meet our guide in other places than the two stations, such as your hotel lobby or other train stations, please note we may need to ask you to cover transportation cost.

Apply by 3 days before the guiding day. Earlier is better to find an available guide. Thank you.

Whole Tour duration is about 3 hours including a cafe break time. Recommended for the age 10 or older. For a private group of 2 people to 40 people. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Mark H.

Nov 22, 2019

half day tour of Nagano with Shinobu

We arranged our half-day tour the night before (very last minute), and KGS responded that we would need to pay extra charges to meet in Nagano instead of Karuizawa. It all ended fine with us meeting in Nagano and getting a 3-hour tour that included chatting over a relaxed lunch and visiting the beautiful Zenkō-ji Temple and the san-do leading up to it in downtown Nagano. We thought about going to see the monkeys soaking in an onsen in the mountains, but it would have meant a long bus or taxi ride. We tasted shichimi-togarashi at a specialty store, and bought a scoop of yuzu and a scoop of black sesame flavored gelato that they sprinkled yuzu shichimi-togarashi on top of.

$18/ per person