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This area forms a major resort region owing to its magnificent natural environment. Visitors can encounter rare plant life and other natural attractions in the mountains around Mount Asama and on the area's varied hiking paths. In autumn, the autumnal colors are a splendid sight, while summer offers invigorating pursuits such as driving and golf. Winter brings unbeatable snow conditions at the region's wide selection of ski resorts and abundant waters at its hot springs. Meanwhile, shopping can be enjoyed in every season.




Karuizawa is one of the best known of Japan's highland resorts, where visitors have traditionally come to escape the heat of summer. Only about one hour from the center of Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train), Karuizawa nevertheless offers a rich natural environment and landscapes that reflect the charms of the four seasons—blossoms in spring, lush greenery in summer, autumn colors, and winter snowscapes. The resort attracts large numbers of travelers year round to visit the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza, which boasts around 240 retail stores. Visitors can also indulge in hot springs, golf, cycling, winter sports, and a wide range of other activities. We operate four hotels in the area for guests to choose from according to the purpose of their stay. Some of our accommodations offer villas and cottages spaciously arranged in a forested area where the family can enjoy its own private space. Some offer an other-worldly tranquility, while others are ideally situated for tourist facilities.

Recommended Experiences

  • KARUIZAWA PRINCE SHOPPING PLAZA is about three minutes' walk from the south exit of Karuizawa Station.

    About one hour from Tokyo on the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train

  • Villas and cottages are set amid the forest for relaxation in comfort.

  • Tachiyori-no-Yu (meaning "to stop by" the onsen) at Karuizawa Sengataki Onsen

    15 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train


This highland resort area lies at an altitude of 1,100 meters and can be reached in about one hour by road from the Usui-Karuizawa Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway by following the highway through the middle of the Joshin'etsu Kogen National Park. Surrounded by the wild expanse of nature are broad fields of cabbage and Japan's largest garden of shakunage, a kind of rhododendron. Next to the hotel, the Tsumagoi Kogen Golf Course offers an invigorating round. In autumn, the surrounding forest turns a brilliant red, presenting a panorama of autumn colors. Guests staying at the Tsumagoi Prince Hotel with its attached hot spring facilities can take advantage of an exclusive bus transfer service from the high-speed Shinkansen at Karuizawa Station (reservation required, journey time about 60 minutes).

Recommended Experiences

  • Joshin'etsu Kogen National Park offers magnificent scenery that changes with the seasons.

    About 60 minutes from Usui-Karuizawa Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway

  • Tsumagoi Kogen Golf Course offers views of Mount Asamayama and Mount Motoshirane.

    Adjacent to Tsumagoi Prince Hotel

  • Asama Kogen Rhododendron Park is at its best from mid-May to mid-June.

    30 minutes' drive from the Tsumagoi Prince Hotel



Situated at an altitude of 1,800 meters, Manza is Japan's highest hot spring resort and boasts of being the closest to the stars, making a soak in an open-air hot tub under the wide-open night skies an unforgettable experience.

Manza is a place where the grandeur of nature can be enjoyed throughout the seasons: in spring the mountains are a treasure house of alpine plants, while the summer is refreshingly cool. Autumn is for hiking amid the blazing color of the mountainsides, while winter offers skiing in the powder snow. The abundant hot springs are among those with Japan's highest content of sulfur, which has a range of benefits including effectiveness against neuralgic pain and fatigue and a beautifying effect on the skin.

Recommended Experiences

  • Manza Onsen Ski Resort prides itself on powder snow of superb quality.

    Adjacent to the Manza Prince Hotel

  • The waters of Manza Onsen are good for healing fatigue and beautifying the skin.

    Manza Prince Hotel

  • Hiking trails are ideal for admiring alpine plants in spring and autumn leaves.


This ski area lies in the Joshin'etsu Kogen National Park. The Mount Yakebitai ski resort, situated at an altitude of 1,550 meters, became in 1989 the first place on the Shiga Kogen to host the Alpine Ski World Cup. It is also well known as a center for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games of 1998. The 2,000-meter-high summit of the mountain offers a 360-degree panorama. Skirted by attractive evergreen forests, the ski runs take full advantage of the wonderful scenery and the natural topography.

Recommended Experiences

  • Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort on the Shiga Kogen offers varied ski runs and proximity to nature.

  • In summer, the cablecar affords splendid views over the lush greenery of the Shiga Kogen.

    The Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel

  • The 2,000-meter summit offers a 360-degree panorama.



Situated in the Joshin'etsu Kogen National Park, the Naeba and Kagura ski resorts are linked by Japan's longest aerial cable car, the so-called Dragondola, and together make up the Mount Naeba leisure resort, one of Japan's largest. In addition to immediate access to the ski slopes, the resorts offer a full and varied range of activities. A snowy wonderland in winter, in summer the resort is cooled by highland breezes, while in autumn the majestic sweep of the mountainsides blazing red and gold can be admired from mid-air on the cable car. These and other delights make Mount Naeba a leisure destination that can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.

Recommended Experiences

  • The Naeba Prince Hotel offers immediate access to the ski slopes.

  • The Dragondola cablecar provides a bird's-eye view of summer greenery and autumn colors.

  • In summer, visitors can experience hot-air ballooning in the skies over Naeba.