By Livvy Boote
The main dining room at Hoshinoya Karuizawa is “Kasuke”, a refined Japanese restaurant. It sits next to Cultural Hall - the front desk and lobby lounge area of the resort. Kasuke features a huge open space and indoor terraced seating. You can enjoy a great view of the grounds and river through big windows at several levels. They serve high-level Japanese food and provide what appeared to be incredible 'one server-for-each-table' service.
“Sonmin Shokudo” is a casual restaurant located just a 10-minute-walk from the Hoshinoya village and next to Hoshinoya's public spa bath “Tonbo-no-yu.” They basically have set menu meals.
Another 5-minute-walk away is a small shopping mall called “Harunire Terrace.” It has a grocery store, a bakery, a general store, French, Italian, and Chinese restaurants, a soba noodle shop, and a few nice cafes. It’s a good place to enjoy shopping, eating, and people watching. We had dinner there at “CERCLE”. The meal was reasonably priced and delicious. But, sorry to say, my camera's battery ran out and so I can’t show you any photos.
One final option at Hoshinoya is room service. They accept orders around the clock (breakfast is only served 7:15-11:45 AM). It felt joyful and cozy having a tasty meal in our own relaxing living room, with the soothing sound of the river adding to the wonderful atmosphere.
Series: Hoshinoya Karuizawa
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。