【Top seller】【Sightseeing Taxi】Visiting Karuizawa’s famous sightseeing spots (2.5 hrs)

The local taxi driver will escort you to the must-visit sightseeing areas in Karuizawa.

【Sightseeing Taxi】Visiting Karuizawa’s famous sightseeing spots (2.5 hrs)
Spot Kyu-Karuizawa Area (from the taxi window) Shaw Memorial Church Usui Pass (Miharashi-dai, Kumano-Kotai Shrine) Saint Paul’s Catholic Church Mikasa Hotel (from the taxi window) Kumoba Pond 
Maximum number of participants 9 persons (minimum number of participants: 1 person)
Hours 10:00~12:30 / 13:30~16:00
Time About 02H30M
Price per person 3,700yen~18,000yen  Detail

The time schedule may be changed depending on the number of participants.
Depending on the date of the Sightseeing Taxi, maximum number of participants may be 4 persons.

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Karuizawa station Departure

Travel time(About 5 minutes)

Kyu-Karuizawa Area (from the taxi window)

Kyu-Karuizawa Area (from the taxi window)(About 5 minutes)

Kyu-Karuizawa was the popular accommodation area in Nakasendo (highway between Edo and Kyoto during Edo Period) back then.
There are numerous old established shops and restaurants in Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza (the main shopping district in Karuizawa). You can also enjoy viewing many of the historical architectures that are still left in town.
There is also the tennis court which became famous for our emperor and empress’s date.

Travel time(About 5 minutes)

Shaw Memorial Church

Shaw Memorial Church(About 10 minutes)

The oldest church in Karuizawa built in 1895 by a Canadian missionary: Alexander Croft Shaw who is known as ”The Father of Karuizawa” . Next to the church is relocation and restoration of the first resort house built in Karuizawa by AC Shaw in 1888 currently opened as a Shaw Memorial Church.
More information →(Link)

Travel time(About 10 minutes)

Usui Pass (Miharashi-dai, Kumano-Kotai Shrine)

Usui Pass (Miharashi-dai, Kumano-Kotai Shrine)(About 60 minutes)

Located at the border of Nagano and Gunma Prefecture, you will find ”Usui Pass”. Five minute walk on the promenade will take you to ”Miharashi-dai”. On a sunny day you will be able to enjoy the panoramic view of Mt.Asama, Mt.Myogi, Southern Alps and Yatsugatake with fresh verdure in summer and tinted leaves in autumn.
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Travel time(About 15 minutes)

Saint Paul’s Catholic Church

Saint Paul’s Catholic Church(About 10 minutes)

A symbolic church with steep roof and a steeple in Karuizawa built in 1935 designed by an American architecture maestro Anthony Raymond.
Many celebrities has gotten married in this church as novel written by Tatsuo Hori describes , when a couple gets married at this church, they will live happily ever after.
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Travel time(About 5 minutes)

Mikasa Hotel (from the taxi window)

Mikasa Hotel (from the taxi window)(About 5 minutes)

Standing in the larch tree forest is a beautiful western styled building designated as Japan’s cultural property. The extravagant decorations are done as much as it could be done to one wooden architecture. All the VIPs from politics and business gathered for summering were having dinner parties every night back then, and it was called ”Karuizawa’s Rokumekan”.
More information →(Link)

Travel time(About 10 minutes)

Kumoba Pond

Kumoba Pond(About 10 minutes)

This beautiful pond also known as ”Swan Lake” due to Swans flew in during winter season. You can enjoy the fresh verdure in early summer, the burning autumn leaves in fall, and pure white snowing scenery in winter.

Travel time(About 5 minutes)

Karuizawa station Breakup

Breakup there

Meeting place
 price per person

In front of the elevator at Karuizawa Stations’s north side exit on the ground floor.

In front of the elevator at Karuizawa Stations’s north side exit on the ground floor.

※Please gather 10 minutes before the departure time.
※A taxi driver is waiting for you on site
※Tour conductor is not accompanied.

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number of participants Price per person Ride
9 pers.3,700yenJumbo
8 pers.4,000yenJumbo
7 pers.4,500yenJumbo
6 pers.5,000yenJumbo
5 pers.5,500yenJumbo or medium
4 pers.6,000yenmedium
3 pers.7,000yensmall
2 pers.9,500yensmall
1 pers.18,000yensmall

※Included in the tour fee: Tax fare ( Tax-included)
※Please read our travel condition before applying.

Highlight of this tour

Local taxi driver will take and guide you around to the sightseeing spots.


The tour is to feel and experience Karuizawa’s history, culture and nature . You will visit Kyu-Karuizawa area, Karuizawa’s well known sacred spot ”Kumano-Kotai Shrine”and a scenic pond ”Kumoba Pond”.

There are very few parking spaces in ”Kyu-Karuizawa Area” and it has very limited public transportations. Taxi is the best way to efficiently go around this area within limited amount of time.

Application consideration

・If the taxi is chartered by your party, the time of the departure can be customized. Please select the time preferred in the application form. (Please note due to the visiting places, these may be some cases which we will be unable to suit your request. We will get in contact with you in such case.)

・If the taxi is chartered by your party, taxi can pick you up at your hotel. Please specify the name of your hotel in the comments section of the application form. (additional charge may occur depending the area of where your accommodation is).

・If the taxi is chartered by your party,the itinerary can be customized.We will arrange the itinerary according to the spots you would like to visit and your available time.Please feel free to contact us.

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Tour 【Sightseeing Taxi】Visiting Karuizawa’s famous sightseeing spots (2.5 hrs)
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The tour fee is fixed now in case of charter.
Condition of reservation
Application will be closed at 17:00 of the day before. The tour fee varies depending on the number of participants until then.
Please select the minimum number of participants you want.