I´m a fan of Japan and always strive forward new cities and prefectures. Within my last week in Japan I had the pleasure to explore some new prefectures and cities in cooperation with prince hotels, so as Nagoya, Yokohama and at last also Karuizawa, which is in Nagano prefecture, only a short ride with the rain from Nagano station. For a few days I enjoyed the forest resort, which is part of the small luxury hotels..

Traveling is fun but can be exhausting at the same time. Dragging a heavy suitcase all around the world and working remotely isn´t always fun. Arriving in Karuizawa to stay at the Prince Hotel East was a chance for me to detox my body and mind. With a quiet location in the forest and the mountains as a neighbor it´s the perfect getaway location. The wooden themed hotel is a home for those who love skiing in winter and those who love hiking in summer, summed up the hotel is a 70-room property that is inviting all year around with outs natural setting and woodland motif.

An additional service is the Sakura lounge which offers free soft drinks and is available 24 hours (free of charge). Besides the hotel is located next to the lobby, offering a charming setting with a fireplace in the middle of the room. 

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The Prince Hotel Karuizawa East is close to the Karuizawa station. It´s either a 800m walk or a quick ride with the complementary shuttle that circles from the station to the hotel, starting 7:30 AM. Tokyo station is only 1 hour with the Shinkansen away and guests can request shuttles from Haneda or Narita airport as well. 

While the hotel is placed in a quiet area, there are still many things to do and see. One of those activities might be a shopping outlet by prince hotels, just next to the station. Some of the featured shops are international brands, luxury retailers and plenty of restaurants. Museums and parks are also close to the hotel, beast to be visited with a car. Guests can also have their luggage stored and shipped to the hotel with the concierge service in the Karuizawa station. Also added to the available experience is a spa and a monthly special event hosted by prince hotels “experience in the forest”, which provided information about Karuizawa. Previous activities have been Karuizawa Nature Talk, Natural Healing Sound in Karuizawa Forest, Karuizawa Craft Beer Seminar and “Kokedama”: Small Moss Ball (workshop), just to name a few.

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The Prince hotel group has a total of 5 hotels in Karuizawa. The Prince Hotel Karuizawa East features a total of 8 different room types, while I was staying in the Superior Twin Room. The room comes along with two beds and a bathroom with a bathtub. The room design is all adapted by the beautiful forest surrounding of the hotel. The Prince Hotel Karuizawa East also offers rooms for guests who bring along dogs.

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Karuizawa grill is an all-day dining restaurant which serves the guests daily breakfast. The restaurant offers a set breakfast menu where guests can decide between a western or Japanese breakfast. As a vegan the hotel prepared a vegan breakfast for me, as they received the information upon arrival. The venue is bright and has a lot of interesting and colorful design elements. Guests can enjoy fresh goods of the inhouse bakery, per example edamame bread and fresh croissants. Some of the foods and snacks being served are also available in the gift shop next door. 

For guests leisure the hotel offers a forest hot spring which is located in the first floor. The facility is honestly surprisingly wide sized for a hotel onsen, offering hot bench, indoor and outdoor onsen, bubble bath and even sauna. The hot spring opens daily from 7AM to 11PM and is free of charge for guests. The fitness room, which is also located in the first floor opens 24 hours and can be entered with the keycard. Shoe rental is available as well.

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Karuizawa Prince Hotel East is the first resort hotel with spa, golf, and ski facilities to become an official member of the global brand, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. With its renewal opening in July 2017, Karuizawa Prince Hotel East will be the first spa, golf, and ski resort to become an official member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand.  Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (hereafter SLH) is a hotel brand comprised of over 520 independent, small-scale luxury hotels from over 80 countries. From sophisticated, leading-edge design hotels to grand 17th century mansions, sanctuaries in the heart of the city to remote islands, historic country houses to idyllic resorts, SLH hotels break the mold and offer one-of-a-kind, luxury stays for customers who seek to explore different lands and different cultures.

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