Old Mikasa Hotel

An elegant building which tells of its development in the resort area of Karuizawa.


This traditional elegant hotel was designated as an Important Cultural Asset and turned into a museum. The surrounding resort area is the oldest in Karuizawa where you can get that relaxing sensation of a high-class summer resort.

The Old Mikasa Hotel was a truly Western-style wooden hotel representing the history of Karuizawa which was developed as a resort area and its design and construction by the Japanese is its notable feature. Following its opening in 1905, the mandarins of the political world stayed at the hotel whenever they came to Karuizawa, and it was known as the socializing area for the well-to-do of Japanese society. The interior of the hotel which has been preserved from those days can be toured for a fee and you can observe documents telling of the history of the area as well as the furniture that was used back then. The area around the hotel is the oldest cottage site in Karuizawa where you can sense the relaxing atmosphere of a high-class summer resort among the forest of Japanese larch.

Business hours 9am-5pm (entry is allowed up to 4:30pm)
Closing hours New Year’s holidays
Price Adult: 400 YEN
Child: 200 YEN
Address 1339-342 Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
Telephone 0267-42-7072
Website http://www.town.karuizawa.lg.jp/www/contents/1001000000964/

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