The roots of Karuizawa as a haven for both international and Japanese luminaries go back generations. An early popularizer of the Nagano Prefecture town was Canadian missionary Alexander Croft Shaw, who founded a chapel there in the 19th century. Since then, thanks to its proximity to Tokyo, natural beauty and cultural appeal, Karuizawa has become a prime spot for bessou, or vacation homes.
An ideal location for enjoying this storied destination is Hotel Indigo Karuizawa. The Hotel Indigo brand, which operates under the umbrella of IHG Hotels & Resorts, is known for connecting each of its properties to the local neighborhoods where they are located. This connection can be found in elements that include the ingredients sourced at the properties’ restaurants, the unique décor of each location and the art that can be found in guest rooms.
Hotel Indigo Karuizawa aims to provide guests with the experience of staying at a vacation home in the area, from easy access to the outdoors to touches of the town’s unique culture.
As soon as you enter, you are greeted by a spacious lobby that stands out for its blend of Western and Eastern design styles, with a cozy fireplace at its center. Additional features are the verdant Forest Garden and outdoor fire pits, where you can while away an evening next to a crackling fire. Guest rooms either look out onto local landmark Mount Asama or the Forest Garden, and all feature woodblock prints by Terry McKenna, a local Australian artist.
Fine dining is available at the restaurant Kagaribi, which is home to a wood-burning grill where expert chefs prepare a variety of flavorful dishes using local ingredients. Guests can enjoy a range of treatments at the Spa by Harnn or use the well-equipped gym. And with spring just around the corner, the hotel makes an ideal place for exploring the natural surroundings of Karuizawa or strolling through the town center.
As General Manager Megumi Hara said, Hotel Indigo Karuizawa is a place where guests can explore, learn and be delighted: “Our villa-inspired retreat exists to inspire guests to venture out, to encounter meaningful connections and to discover new truths about the world and themselves.
“Whether it’s the excitement of curiosity being sparked through a bold piece of design to quieter moments of contemplation in our stylish guest rooms and relaxing outdoor space, we want our guests to feel enriched, energized and enlivened.”