Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan

In a richly forested mountain setting, 90 minutes and a world away from Tokyo. Karuizawa has long been a popular resort destination for the world’s intellectual and cultural elite.

After barely ten minutes by car from Karuizawa railway station, you leave the main road and drive into the forest, into the bountiful heart of nature. Whatever the season, the range of colours will undoubtedly surprise, amaze and inspire you.

Hoshinoya Karuizawa is built like a little town, with everything to make it a paradise on earth. The rooms are centred around a water feature that contributes to the magic of the place, especially at nightfall, when the candles spread out across the water light up.

Spending time at Hoshinoya Karuizawa means treating yourself to a timeless interlude with the feeling of living in one of nature’s special places. Autumn is a good time of year to admire the trees, because this is when their leaves take on red, orange and yellow hues.

You can go for walks along the paths in the hotel grounds to gaze at this magical sight. In the middle of the day, you can stop for a moment on the garden terrace to sample a Dango kebab, delicious rice balls skewered on sticks and coated with sweet soy sauce. Later in the day, it’s time to enjoy a glass of champagne before your meal, so you can fully appreciate the sunset.


These riverside pavilions offer a relaxing atmosphere with their spaciousness and the sounds of the adjacent river. Floating lanterns create a magical display at night.

Maximum guests per room : 3 – 4
64sqm – 67sqm
A spacious bedroom, with one bathroom and a comfortable living room
3 single-size futons and 1 sofa bed

These riverside pavilions for two offer wide terraces and large window-facing sofas. Guests can luxuriate and take in the mystical scene created by floating lanterns at night. These rooms are perfect for guests who wish to enjoy the riverside experience to its fullest.

Maximum guests per room: 2
48 sqm
Bedroom comes with two bed-style Futons with one bathroom and a living room. A king-size futon are available upon request.

These guest pavilions are more like villas, offering wide living rooms, large bathtubs, private streams flowing in from the river, and meticulously designed courtyards. Each pavilions comes with unique features such as a fireplace or a maisonette layout.

Elegant gardens decorated with rocks and large bathtubs that allow guests to soak in lavish style make these spacious, family-size pavilions perfect for long stays. Some accommodate up to five people.

Maximum guests per room : 2 – 5
48sqm – 68sqm
With two bed-style Futons, one bathroom and a comfortable living room. King-size futons are available upon request.

Hidden at the end of a footpath leading from the river is this two-floor pavilion. It features a bedroom with a view of a nearby wild bird sanctuary, and a large living room and bathroom that allow guests to fully relax. It is also especially quiet, due to its distance from the other pavilions.

Maximum guests per room: 4
78sqm – 81sqm
With a spacious living room on the first floor, and a cozy bedroom on the second floor.
Comes with a patio and a Japanese garden.
2 single-size futons and 2 sofa bed.

These quiet pavilions are nearest to the mountains. We provide private, three-enclosed first-floor pavilions and second-floor pavilions offering fantastic vantages.

Located on an elevated part of the resort village, these pavilions feature terraces that offer great views not only of the premises, but also of a wild bird sanctuary that lies just beyond the valley. The scenery can also be enjoyed while soaking in the pavilion’s aromatic bathtub.

Maximum guests per room: 2
44sqm – 53sqm
One bedroom with two bed-style Futons and one bathroom, a balcony, and a living room. King-size futons are available upon request.

Surrounded entirely by trees, these pavilions offer the privacy of a vacation home. Wide living rooms feature floor-level sofas with leg space built into the floors, while large windows and terraces offer views of the greenery that envelopes the pavilions.

Maximum guests per room : 2 – 3
54 sqm – 67 sqm
One bedroom with two bed-style Futons and one bathroom, a balcony, and a living room.
King-size futons are available upon request.

These pavilions are the perfect hideout with their king-size beds, as well as terraces and living areas with private views of the lush nature of Karuizawa. Guests can relax on window-facing sofas and slip into their own little world.

Maximum guests per room: 2
54sqm – 67sqm
One bathroom and a terrace. Perfect for our single guests to enjoy privacy.

Hoshinoya Karuizawa began as a hot spring bath dug by founder Kunitsugu Hoshino in 1914, in an area that had long been known as a hot spring hotspot. Its soothing waters served as a kind of balm for bathers returning from the Kusatsu hot springs-famous for their acidity.

Early risers can take advantage of the stretching workout sessions run by a coach, while the others can stroll around. The ones who rather want to “take it easy” could also pamper themselves in the spa (which had won the “Spa Finder Crystal Award”).

In it, you can try the various treatments on offer, including Toji, a traditional type of therapeutic bath, designed to take away stress and promote relaxation. Your stay is also an opportunity to experience shiatsu or acupuncture, which are typical practices in Japan, performed by experts.

Later in the evening, slide into the “Meditation Bath”, a unique hot bath set up in a softly-lit room whose special atmosphere invites you to let go.


Hoshinoya Karuizawa serves a very high standard of kaiseki cuisine in its restaurant. This cuisine, called Yama-no-kaiseki, is based on local ingredients sourced from the nearby mountains, rivers and fields.

Guests at Hoshinoya Karuizawa have two fine dining options. Main restaurant Kasuke offers refined nouveau natural cuisine crafted by top Japanese chefs, while a short walk from the resort’s premises is the Hoshinoya-run Bleston Court Yukawatan, which serves world-class French cuisine.

The chef excels in preparing this range of dishes, and also in working with textures and with flavour and colour contrasts. This style of cuisine is like a real voyage of discovery into the subtleties of Japanese cuisine.

During winter, the lounge is the place to settle down for a hot drink, with speciality snacks laid out for you to try. This is also the perfect spot to relax with a book picked out from the shelves of the extensive library area.


A few minutes away from the hotel is Harunire Terrace, which is like a little town, with a collection of shops and restaurants beside the river. Here you will find a great many souvenirs to take home, and also a range of specialist restaurants: Italian, soba, Chinese…  There is even a baker’s where you can have a drink of coffee or tea and enjoy a pastry.

Not far away, near the public baths, you will find Sonmin Shoduko, a Japanese restaurant where you can sample the local cuisine, accompanied by a locally brewed beer, a glass of sake or a glass of Japanese wine.

Visit Shiraito falls

During your stay, spend a morning driving out to Shiraito fall. This place truly is unique of its kind, and the mountain roads offer superb viewpoints.

After parking the car, you walk for a hundred metres along a waterfall which leads to a crystal clear spring. At first your eyes will think this is an optical illusion, but it isn’t; the water comes straight out of the rock. It is not just a single fountain of water, but a stream of water flowing right across the rock surface.



$530 $504/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.


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Planning your luxury holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the villa of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the villa can be arranged. A villa manager will meet and greet you at the airport ensuring your transfer to the villa is smooth and effortless.
Private tours and boat hire can also be arranged in advance. We will handle the arrangements to collect and return you to your villa after the event. Why not enjoy a fabulous day out and explore the surrounding islands and national marine park on a luxury speed boat?
Book a car with us and have it waiting at your villa when you arrive, we have a wide range of vehicles from a 2 seat Suzuki Jeep to a 7 seat Toyota Fortuner. Price includes comprehensive insurance, unlimited miles, collection and delivery, and optional baby and booster seats.
Prior to your arrival we will send you a food and wine shopping list allowing us to stock the villa with your favorite foods and beverages.
Once on site, your resident villa staff will ensure the villa is kept clean and tidy. Your villa manager is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize island activities, massage and spa treatments, as well as helping communicate requests to the Thai chef and dealing with any matter arising at the villa. Bed linen is changed every third day and towels are changed as necessary. Pool towels are provided and replenished as deemed necessary.
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