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Karuizawa Winter Festival

For a Christmas to remember

By Lynda Hogan    - 1 min read
Venue: Karuizawa Station When: Late Nov 2021 - Late Feb 2022

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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Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Kim 11 months ago
I've seen photos of the church at Christmas and it looks so beautiful!
Lynda Hogan Author 11 months ago
I've been meaning and meaning to go during Christmas, I would love to see it. But definitely won't be this year!!