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Karuizawa-machi

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Things to do: shopping, nature, historic sites
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs. Its laid-back downtown area standing at an elevation of 1,000 m (3,281 ft) features chic restaurants and cafes amidst larch and birch trees, all against the backdrop of Mount Asama, one of Japan's most active volcanoes. A vacation in Karuizawa-machi offer visitors numerous upmarket leisure activities like bowling, cycling, horseback riding and golf; many wealthy Tokyoites and foreign traders have second homes here. Take some easy hikes to reach nearby falls and ponds, and when you get tired of the outdoors, try shopping in the historic downtown area packed with interesting shops. Plan your holiday in Karuizawa-machi and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Japan trip generator.
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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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