Top Five Must-Visit Spots for Terrace House Fans (Karuizawa Edition)
The popular Japanese show “Terrace House” has become a topic of conversation around the world, and Karuizawa – the show’s latest location – has been getting a lot of publicity thanks to it. In this article, you’ll get to know five locations every fan of the show should visit when in Karuizawa.
What is Terrace House?
Terrace House is a reality show where six strangers – three women, three men – live together under one roof. There is no script and no defined rules; the participants live their lives as they please. The “not knowing what will happen next” is what makes fans not want to miss a single second of the show. After one season in Shonan (Kanagawa Prefecture) and another in Tokyo, the show went overseas to Hawaii before coming back to Karuizawa in Japan for its latest season.
What Kind of Place is Karuizawa?
Located in Nagano Prefecture, Karuizawa is a resort town in the midst of a mountainous region. Although temperatures sometimes exceed 30°C (86°F), Karuizawa is a famous summer retreat that offers relatively cool average temperatures – around 20°C (68°F) – making summers there quite pleasant. There are many ways to make the most of this lovely town: during summer you can play golf or go shopping, and during winter you can hit the slopes or enjoy one of the many hot springs. The area has been attracting a lot of attention not only inside Japan but overseas as well.
Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
Let’s take a walk through some of the places that appear on Terrace House. The first stop is the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza. Some of the date scenes took place here, remember? This shopping mall houses more than 200 establishments, including outlet stores and restaurants. This is a must-visit place during your trip to Karuizawa!
Access: A short walk from Karuizawa Station's South Exit
Drawing inspiration from “Karuizawa’s everyday life,” HARUNIRE Terrace is a commercial center managed by the Hoshino Resort Group. This space is home to 16 unique restaurants and stores, and appeared on Terrace House when one of the participants had a job interview there. Enjoy great shopping and food at this lovely place that represents the best of Karuizawa.
Access: Karuizawa Station → Take the Seibu Kanko Bus
OR Karuizawa Station → Take the Shinano Railway train → Get off at Nakakaruizawa Station → Walk
Located near Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza, Suwa Shrine is a famous Shinto shrine said to be flowing with mystical energy, which the Japanese call “power spots.” No one knows exactly when the shrine was built, but it has been a place of reverence for a long time, and now it’s a cultural asset designated by the town of Karuizawa. Suwa Shrine appeared on the show when the participants went there for their “hatsumode,” the first shrine visit of the New Year. Refresh yourself in this place surrounded by trees and gorgeous nature.
Access: Karuizawa Station → Transfer by car
Prince Snow Resorts
Prince Snow Resorts is buzzing with tourists during winter, and because it only takes one hour to reach it from Tokyo, you can definitely go there for a ski day trip. The scenes showing some of the members snowboarding were all taken at this ski resort. So, how about engaging in some fun winter sports just like what was shown on Terrace House? There are ski courses fit for every level, so whether you’re a beginner, somewhat practiced skier, or advanced practitioner, you can hit the slopes with no worries.
Access: A short walk from Karuizawa Station
Sasa offers soba (buckwheat) noodles and Japanese food made with seasonal and local ingredients. You can enjoy great dishes unique to Karuizawa there! The restaurant is run by the father of one of the participants. There was even a memorable scene in the show where he appeared, remember? After you’re done visiting all the spots you’ve seen on the show, you should definitely enjoy a meal at Sasa!
Access: By car or on foot from Karuizawa Station
Karuizawa has been attracting a lot of attention lately due to Terrace House’s popularity. The town is full of charming locations, so go ahead and visit the places you've seen on the show!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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