The Best Shopping Spots in Kyu-Karuizawa

Found in the center of Karuizawa, Kyu-Karuizawa is the most bustling part of the town thanks to its pretty little streets, proximity to some of the city’s best accommodation, and most importantly its endless shopping opportunities. Whether discovering the 200+ shops of Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza or sauntering down Ginza shopping street, there are boundless gifts to be found both for your loved ones and for yourself.

The Best Shopping Spots in Kyu-Karuizawa

St. Cousair Winery

St. Cousair Winery
St. Cousair Winery

Welcomed into the shop with a free taster of Niagara Blanc wine and we’re off to a good start. With their vineyards based in the north of Nagano Prefecture, St. Cousair is a regional favorite that specialises particularly in Chardonnay, however, the shop displays a whole array of delicious duty-free wines including Pinot Noir and Merlot as well as jams, sauces, and cider, which is a rare find in Japan. Head into the back of the store for the in-house restaurant for French inspired snacks, dishes, and desserts all matched perfectly with a glass of St. Cousair’s fine wine.

Nakayama’s Jam

Nakayama’s Jam
Nakayama’s Jam

With over 100 years of history, popular condiments shop Nakayama’s Jam was established in 1905 when foreign missionaries visiting Karuizawa introduced the jam-making process to locals. The deliciously sweet jams cooked up for Nakayama’s Jam are a crowd-pleaser making use of the juicy fruit produced in the region. Whether picking up a little reminder of Karuizawa for yourself or searching for souvenirs, a jar of jam starts at around 600 yen, with packs of two or three also available. Not just limited to jam, the shop also offers pickles, cordials, honey, and miso.

Suju Gallery Dark Eyes

Suju Gallery Dark Eyes
Suju Gallery Dark Eyes

Perhaps in part thanks to the influence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono who frequently visited Karuizawa in the past, the city draws in a creative crowd which has led to a number of art and design shops popping up around the streets of Kyu-Karuizawa. The sophisticated Suju Gallery Dark Eyes store sports everything from simple furniture pieces to unique Japanese tableware whose colorful designs and authentic Japanese style are sure to prove hard to resist.

Hachihige Ojisan no Mise

Hachihige Ojisan no Mise
Hachihige Ojisan no Mise

Drawing media attention from far and wide, the shop name says it all with Hachihige Ojisan no Mise translating as the bee bearded man’s shop. Selling a wide selection of deliciously sweet honeys from around Japan, Hachihige Ojisan established his shop in Karuizawa not only to serve honey but also to raise awareness of illnesses in bees that are causing whole colonies to collapse. Hard to miss with the beaming ojisan welcoming visitors inside, goodies include pots and tubes of standard and flavored honey as well as honey flavored cakes, Japanese sweets, and bread.

Donguri Kyowakoku

Donguri Kyowakoku
Donguri Kyowakoku

For any Studio Ghibli fans out there, the official store Donguri Kyowakoku is one shop you shouldn’t walk past. Found on the corner opposite St. Cousair Winery you can’t miss the loveable Totoro outside the shop who greets passersby inside. Even those unfamiliar with Studio Ghibli will get a good insight into the hype behind the animated films with a huge array of merchandise on offer from keyrings and cuddly toys to clothing and bedding.

Facility Name
Kyukaru Ginza (Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street)
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
Phone
0267425538
Hours
Walking freely
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
This is the main shopping district of Karuizawa located along the old Kyu Nakasendo. It has over 400 years of history, and the area boasts a row of long-established shops such as a bakery, boutiques of imported fashion, and various new and established shops. The area is bustling with many tourists in the summer months.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Karuizawa
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa ()
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
Phone
0267425211
Hours
10:00-19:00 (season Subject to change)
Closed
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available (about 3500 spaces)
Credit Card
Different shops
Introduction
A gigantic shopping mall and virtual landmark in Karuizawa. With a total of seven parking areas, shoppers visiting by car are encouraged to look up which stores they are most interested in before choosing where to park. In addition to fashion brands, the mall also contains a shop selling Karuizawa sweets and jams, making it the perfect place to pick up a few souvenirs as well. Children can play to their hearts’ content in the spacious outdoor kids park.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
St.Cousair Winery Honten
Address
Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunidunamachi Imogawa 1260
Phone
0262538002
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Nakayama’s Jam
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 750-1
Phone
0267427825
Hours
[Winter season] 10:00-17:00
[summer] 9:00-18:00
※ Sales Hours required confirmation
Credit Card
Available(VISA, MasterCard, AMEX)
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Not available
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Not available
Introduction
Nakayama’s Jam is a long-established store specializing in jam located on the old Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The founders of this shop which was established in 1905 were taught how to make jam by a foreign missionary. Their most popular jam is the blueberry jam with the delicately refreshing taste of highland blueberries. The strawberry jam with lots of whole strawberries is also popular. In addition to these they have more than 30 types of jam made from typical Shinshu ingredients such as kyoho grapes, apricots, and rhubarb. They also sell non-additive jams and pickles.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
dongurikyowakoku Karuizawa
Address
Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 611
Phone
0267424336
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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