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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  • The church feels so severe that it is a corner from the quiet environment of the light well. It is not allowed to take pictures in the church, only to take pictures in the surrounding area. The whole feeling is good, there are times that are definitely worth it.
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  • The incredible architecture, the inner light and the quiet atmosphere that makes the mind able to sink, but it's a pity to have an interview on the day and not be able to spend more time in the teaching.
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  • Gorgeous cathedral architecturally and immensely peaceful to sit within and just be at peace. No pictures are allowed within so take the opportunity to just enjoy the serenity while admiring the struc...  more »
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