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Karuizawa Winter Festival

For a Christmas to remember

Venue: Karuizawa Station When: Nov 26th - Feb 28th 2023
Notice: While this event is confirmed, outdoor events can be subject to sudden cancellation or postponement due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Our listings are only updated periodically, so please check the official site closer to any event if you wish to attend.

Karuizawa is a popular get away destination, particularly in summer and winter. In winter it is perhaps best known for its winter sports, ski resorts, ice skating parks and curling events. Add a dazzling winter festival with illumination galore and festive events and you have the elements of a season to remember. Moreover, for the period before Christmas they have several Christmas events such as a market and a towering 10 meter high Christmas tree. Furthermore, the Karuizawa Kogen Church has become one of the symbols of Karuizawa Christmas with 2000 candles decorating the already picturesque church. All combined, Karuizawa is the perfect Christmas get away location.

The 2020 Karuizawa Winter Festival is on from November 28th to February 24th 2021. The illumination is on between 5.30 pm and midnight. Most of the illumination and events are centered around the North exit of the Karuizawa Station.

Getting there

The illumination is located close to the North exit of the Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Bullet train line and Shinano Railway lines.

By car: via the Usui-Karuizawa interchange of the Joshin-etsu expressway.

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Kim a year ago
I've seen photos of the church at Christmas and it looks so beautiful!
Lynda Hogan Author a year ago
I've been meaning and meaning to go during Christmas, I would love to see it. But definitely won't be this year!!