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Welcome to
Hoshino Area

Hoshino Area has long been a place where many great writers and artists have come to enjoy a life filled with nature, and the beauty of the changing seasons.Relax and enrich your soul with a wholesome resort experience.

Some stores may be closed some days due to maintenance.


Arriving by chartered Bus (Reservation Required)

Use of chartered bus stops and parking lots is by reservation only. Buses without reservations will not be allowed to load/unload passengers or park.

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Tombo no yu – Onsen

Immerse yourself in the open-air bath at the foot of the mountain and take in the spectacular view. The open glass windows of the spacious and open-plan indoor bath also offer calming views outside. Not only staying guests also visitors can enjoy Onsen.
Video of how to bath in a hot spring

Facilities: Open-air bath, indoor bath, sauna, cold water bath
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission 9:15 p.m.)
※Closed on 9th-19th Jan. 2024
Price: Adult ¥1,350 Child ¥800 (An excess seasonal charge applies)

*As a general rule, those with tattoos are not allowed to bath. However, we make an exception where the tattoos can be concealed by four covering stickers (8 x 10cm).

Japanese Casual Restaurant

Sonmin-Shokudo – Casual Japanese Restaurant

Sonmin-Shokudo offers a delicious dining experience and great hospitality.You can enjoy set meals or a la carte dishes made using seasonal ingredients.

Open: Friday to Sunday,Holiday 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Last order 8:30 p.m.)
Monday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Last order 2:30 p.m.)/5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Last order 8:30 p.m.)
3rd Wednesday of every month 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Last order 8:30 p.m.)
※Closed on 9th-19th Jan. 2024
*Sorry, we don’t accept reservations.

Skating Rink


A pond in a forest becomes a skating rink when it freezes. You can enjoy skating while viewing snow clad Mount Asama.
There are sleds for use on the ice, so even beginners can relax and enjoy skating.

Operating period: 20th Oct. 2023 – 3rd Mar. 2024(scheduled, It may change depending on the weather)
Closing days:10th-12th Jan./ 15th-19th Jan. 2024
Open: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Price: Adult: ¥1,900; Child: ¥1,300 (includes rental skates)

Restaurants & Shops

HARUNIRE Terrace – Restaurants and Shops

Enjoying shopping and a good meal is a fine way to spend a leisurely time in our resort area. Unique and well-selected shops and restaurants await your visit.

【Restaurants】11:00a.m. – 10:00p.m.(Last order 9:00p.m)
【Shops】10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
*Operating time changes depending on seasons and shops



French restaurant & Deli,Wine shop


Enjoy French deli dishes with wine recommendations from the sommelier owner either in the restaurant or as takeout.
Open: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m./5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m (Last order 8:00 p.m.)


Soba restaurant


In a modern space with jazz playing in the background, savor menu items such as aromatic soba noodles, tempura made with seasonal ingredients, and local sake.
Open: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m (Last order 9:00 p.m.)


Chinese restaurant


The gentle flavors that draw out the full potential of the ingredients are a distinctive feature. This restaurant has counter seating which allows you to watch the chef finish dishes right before your eyes.
Open: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m(Last order 2:30 p.m.) /5:30p.m. – 10:00p.m.(Last order 9:00 p.m.)
Regular holiday: every Wednesday

Il sogno

Italian restaurant

Il Sogno

At this Italian restaurant, the vegetables are carefully selected by the chef personally, and the dishes all use lots of them. The pizzas are painstakingly cooked one at a time in a brick oven.
Open: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m (Last order 9:00 p.m.)


Bakery & Restaurant


Enjoy a variety of homemade breads paired with take-out drinks and casual European dishes.
[ Bakery ]Open: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m
[ Restaurant ]
Open: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m (Last order 9:00 p.m.)
Breakfast available  8:00a.m. – (Last order 10:00 a.m.)


Café & Spice shop


In an interior full of antique furnishing, enjoy a range of well-spiced dishes and desserts.
Open: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m./5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m (Last order 8:00 p.m.)

Cafe & Sweets

Izumi-ya denbei

Japanese-style confectionery shop

Izumi-ya Dembei

The various sweet and savory snacks such as red bean cakes made from seasonal ingredients are popular as a treat between meals. Ideal as a souvenir from a trip to Karuizawa.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m


Café & book store

Maruyama Coffee

A coffee store established in Karuizawa. Relax and savor the rich aroma of our specialty coffees. Coffee beans and takeout drinks are also available.
Open: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Nagai Farm



This store is directly managed by a local farm. The gelato made fresh daily from milk and seasonal vegetables and fruit brought in directly from the farm draws out the full potential of the ingredients.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Lifestyle shop


Natural materials furniture,bedding,clothing

TEAM7 Karuizawa

Providing a selection of high-quality clothes, bedding, and furniture made from natural materials to support your healthy lifestyle.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Gallery ju-KAN

Selected artifact gallery

Gallery ju-KAN

Arts and craft works by mainly Japanese artists are on display. Casual workshops are also held in the space.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m


Wooden goods shop


This store sells products such as Japanese and European wooden toys and utensils. Recommended as presents for children.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m


Selected Nordic goods shop


A collection of northern European furniture and general goods that fit an elegant lifestyle. There are also vintage items you won’t find anywhere else.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m


Grocery Shop


A store run by a Karuizawa farm. The jams and sauces are made from carefully-selected fruits and vegetables.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m


Garden & Outdoor Living


Furniture and general goods items that make activities and spending time in the forest even more comfortable and enjoyable.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m


Crafy glanta

Handmade Ring Workshop


This workshop lets you buy or create a ring that’s perfect for yourself. Take your ring home with you as a memento of your experience.
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


An experienced “Picchio” eco-tour guide will lead you through the natural forest for a truly unique experience. Birds,
flowers and insects in the forest will show many different aspects of their daily existence.


Nature Watching Tour in daytime : start 10:00 a.m./*1:30 p.m.
*This slot is available only during special periods.
Night Hiking Tour : starting time varies with each season.
Please ask for details.


Karuizawa besso navi

Karuizawa besso navi :
Real estate agent & Villa management service

More and more foreigners own villas in Karuizawa as a best place in Japan. We are your partner to realize your ideal stay. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Karuizawa Kogen Church

Karuizawa Kogen Church

Karuizawa Kogen Church is picturesque, located in the highland woods. Weddings in the church are offered with a heart-warming
live music of the harp and the organ.

Stone Church

Stone Church

Stone Church is the one and only architecture in the world. Its appearance of Stone and Glass symbolize Man and Woman supporting each other.
*It will be closed until May 2023 for maintenance work.

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HOSHINOYA Karuizawa –
“Discover the Ultimate Japan Experience”

HOSHINOYA is an embodiment of the vision, “Discover the Ultimate Japan Experience”, a new class of Japanese resorts
infused with contemporary style, and is dedicated to upholding the standard of Japanese hospitality.

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Hotel Bleston Court

Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court –
“The Gourmet Hotel”

Hotel Bleston Court, stands on a hilltop in the Hoshino area, and is renowned as a leading gastronomic crossroads
in Japan. Guest rooms are cottage type and they are surrounded by a lush forest.

BEB5 Karuizawa –
“A Laid-back Hotel Where You Can Be Yourself”

Like a night at your best friend’s house, this is an easygoing, laid-back hotel free from time constraints or obligations. Kick back and relax in your comfiest clothes with a drink and some snacks at the always-open “TAMARIBA” lounge for as long as you’d like.

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About us

Hoshino Onsen opened its doors in 1915 in Karuizawa, a popular summer retreat where many celebrities and missionaries from overseas had built their holiday houses. Around 1921, the representatives of Japanese literature chose this land as their place of sojourn. While enjoying their stay in Karuizawa, they held lessons where they could lead free and active discussions to pursue spiritual richness independently of religion or ideology, and together they ushered in a new age for culture and thought.

In the 50s and 60s, the founder of the ‘Wild Bird Society of Japan’ chose this place to stay, and described the forest next to the Hoshino Area as a wild bird treasure trove. Afterwards, the forest was named part of the National Wild bird Sanctuary, and the guided bird watching tours of the time are now part of the ‘Picchio’ eco tours.

Even nowadays, about 80 different wild bird species can be seen in the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary. Among the varied wild flora and fauna inhabiting it, we find the flying squirrel, the Japanese serow, or the moon bear. The melting snow from the gorgeous Mt.Asama, north of Karuizawa, becomes the Yukawa-river flowing across the Hoshino Area. When taking a stroll, make sure to listen to the pleasant murmur of the stream.

Hoshino Area is a relaxing area that makes good use of the surrounding nature and landscape. Be it the area’s peculiarities, or workshops and other events, new discoveries to tickle your curiosity are awaiting no matter when you come. Experience resort life in a rich natural environment: take your time and enjoy the hot springs, the meals, or even a shopping trip.