Just an hour away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, Karuizawa has long been a favorite spot for Tokyo’s upper class families to build their vacation villas. After this quick introduction to some of the area’s activities, we think you also might find yourself tempted to make Karuizawa your home away from home.



For golf lovers, it simply wouldn’t be a vacation without some time on the links. One of the most impressive courses in the area is Karuizawa 72 Golf, a massive golfer’s paradise that is made up of four separate 18-hole courses. Each one offers a different challenge for all abilities. If you’re one of Sasazawa Construction’s clients, the company can place your reservation ahead of your arrival.


Fine Dining

Between elegant versions of traditional Japanese favorites, European cuisine, and high-end gourmet options that can easily rival what you might find back in Tokyo, gastronomes in Karuizawa will find themselves spoiled for choice. Looking to entertain at home? Sasazawa Construction can arrange catering.


Nature Walks

Blessed with a climate that remains considerably cooler than Tokyo’s summer swelter, Karuizawa is an ideal location for light hikes from spring to autumn. Some of the easiest trails take you past the back yards of vacation homes, but if you’re looking for more adventurous trails, many are just a short drive away.



Depending on the weather, ski season in Karuizawa can begin as early as October, and the region is known for dry powder that’s a pleasure for skiiers and snowboarders alike. The Prince Snow Resort is just a short walk from the Shinkansen station, while Karuizawa Snow Park and Asama 2000 Park, both located farther out of town, offer plenty of snowy fun on the slopes as well as an avalanche of après ski activities.


Just because you’re getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the shop till you drop experience. The Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is a massive complex with everything from high-end luxury brands to toy stores, plus a few cafés and restaurants where you can refresh yourself between shopping sessions. If old-fashioned shopping streets are more your style, “downtown” Karuizawa offers more than its fair share of retail nostalgia.

How to Find Your Home Away from Home

After a few visits to Karuizawa, you may start to realize that dropping in just a few weekends out of the year isn’t enough. Once you’re ready to make that next step, Sasazawa Construction can help make your dream of owning a bit of paradise a reality. They have been building houses, museums, and businesses in Karuizawa for decades and can offer real estate options for all types of customers.


The company maintains a large portfolio of prebuilt houses to fit any buyer’s need, from spacious, multilevel homes to cozy cabins and architecturally daring spaces that offer both a retreat from the hectic pace of Tokyo life – and from everyday aesthetics.

For those who might want the luxury of a long-term getaway in Karuizawa without the commitment of buying and maintaining that property themselves, Sasazawa offers a variety of timeshare properties, drawn from an impressive range of luxurious houses, and all maintenance and registration fees are built into the cost, making it a convenient option.

If the sky is no limit and you’ve got your sights set on a custom vacation home fit perfectly to your needs, Sasazawa has experience working with customers at all stages of the home building process, from conceptual designs to construction. Over the years, the firm has been responsible for executing the designs of some
of Karuizawa’s most striking buildings, and with this experience, nothing is beyond Sasazawa’s reach.

Once you’ve found (or built) the house of your dreams, service doesn’t simply come to an end once you’ve gotten your key. Sasazawa provides a wide range of services, from maintenance while you are away from home to grounds keeping. They can also arrange catering for parties, reservations for restaurants and golf facilities, guide and translation service – even grocery shopping ahead of your arrival.


To hear more about Sasazawa’s real estate options, fill out the form at http://bit.ly/TWSasazawa. As a special offer to Tokyo Weekender readers, sign up for a home with Sasazawa Construction and you will receive a full course dinner for two at one of Karuizawa’s finest restaurants.

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