Stone Church, Karuizawa-machi

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Resembling an entrance to an underground cave complex, Stone Church features leaning stone-and-glass arches arranged like a cut-up boulder in a terrace-shaped slabs. Built in 1988 by Kendrik Kellog, a proponent of organic architecture, the church commemorates Uchimura Kanzo (1861-1930), a Christian evangelist. Inside the church, you'll see rows of long pews and a stone altar, with lower parts of the walls inside this well-lit church covered with leaves. A popular venue for wedding ceremonies, performed both in Japanese and English, the church closes for visitors during private services. Take a free shuttle bus or taxi from Karuizawa station, which takes about 15 minutes. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Stone Church by using our Karuizawa-machi route planner .
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  • Will not enjoy 10 minutes Kendrick Kellogg's organic architecture is well-known, but not in its appeal. Tend to be refused admission, often holding wedding ceremonies goes up, demand for tours on weekends. I think I make sure whether or not if this tourist spot purpose in going to Karuizawa, prior to telephones in the day tour can be better. Someone please refer to become appreciated.
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  • All I can said is a beautiful and peaceful church with stunning architecture. Went there twice in the day and night. Just closed your eyes and listen to the water dripping sound in the church is alrea...  more »
  • Note that the interior is only open to visitors Mon-Fri when there are no weddings. It’s very peaceful and the design is quite unique.  more »

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A well-visited upscale mountain resort, Karuizawa-machi offers a wide range of classy accommodations ranging from luxurious hotels to family-run bed and breakfasts and inns. A number of specialty lodgings and resort hotels since the Meiji era have housed members of the Japanese royal family and other illustrious guests. Hotels line both sides of the railway, including a few mid-range establishments. A smattering of inexpensive bed and breakfasts cater to budget travelers, but you have to drive 20 minutes from the downtown.
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