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Easy Travel With Kids! 6 Baby-Friendly Karuizawa Hotels

Easy Travel With Kids! 6 Baby-Friendly Karuizawa Hotels

Translated by Ken

Written by Kajiyama

Nagano 2019.10.03 Bookmark

As a popular travel destination for visitors of all ages, Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture has a wide selection of accommodations. This article focuses on six kid-friendly lodgings suited for families traveling with infants.

Stay at Baby and Kid-Friendly Hotels in Karuizawa

Only 90 minutes via Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo Station, Karuizawa is a popular travel destination for its easy accessibility.

From the gorgeous Shiraito Falls to Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza and art museums, Karuizawa is an entertaining location for adults and children alike.

As a result, Karuizawa has many lodgings ideal for families with young children and babies. In this article, we have selected six hotels comfortable travelers of all ages.

1. Hotel Cypress Karuizawa

Hotel Cypress Karuizawa is located near JR Karuizawa Station.

The hotel rents out cribs (*), baby bottle sterilizers, and waterproof sheets. Cribs and bottle sterilizers are available in limited quantities, so be sure to request them when making your reservation.

The hotel offers a variety of types of accommodations. From rooms with a private outdoor bath to the Hollywood twin room furnished with a Simmons bed, you can make a booking that best suits your travel needs.

The family and junior suites have their own kitchen, which is ideal for preparing milk and baby food.

"Our smallest rooms are 30 square meters, but most of our rooms are 50 square meters, which offer a comfortable space for our guests. Also, our rooms are carpeted and meant for taking off shoes, so little children can feel at home" (Mx. Ochiai, Hotel Cypress Karuizawa).

This hotel takes great care to ensure a comfortable stay for families with small children.

*The cribs can be used in all rooms except for the comfort twins.

Access from JR Karuizawa Station 6 minutes by taxi, 15 minutes on foot. Free shuttle service available.
Guest per Room Up to 8
Room Service Meals Not available
Baby food in Hotel Restaurant Allowed but not served
Baby Item Rentals Crib, stroller, bed rails, baby bottle sterilizer, auxiliary toilet seat, waterproof sheets
Languages on Website Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Languages at Hotel Japanese, English, Chinese (select employees)

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2. Karuizawa Hotel 1130

Karuizawa Hotel 1130 features a number of suites that range from 56 to 81 square meters in size. Out of its 238 rooms, 24 have hot spring baths and 12 have jacuzzi-style baths, making this hotel ideal for those who want to truly unwind.

Since the hot spring baths in the rooms are cleaned and refilled for every guest, babies can also enjoy a soak.

Babies are not allowed in the public baths but they can enter the pool, and young children can play in the pool with their older siblings. Just remember to have your toddler wear the pool diapers sold at the hotel.

"In our hot spring bath suites and pool, guests can help their young children become acquainted with these types of bathing and swimming facilities. We are also only a seven-minute drive away from the Karuizawa Toy Kingdom, making us a great stay for families" (Mx. Hei, Karuizawa Hotel 1130).

The largest rooms can fit nine guests, which is great for when traveling with extended family.

Access from JR Karuizawa Station 40 minutes by taxi. Free shuttle service available.
Guests per Room Up to 9 (limited to two rooms)
Room Service Meals Not available
Baby Food in Hotel Restaurant Allowed and served
Baby Item Rentals Crib, stroller (only inside the hotel), bed rail guards, high chair, step-up stools, baby milk formula kettle, auxiliary toilet seat
Languages on Website Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Languages at Hotel Japanese, English, Chinese

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3. Karuizawa Hotel Longing House

At the Karuizawa Hotel Longing House, guests can rent out an outdoor bath (45 minutes for free) and enjoy a soak with their babies.

"While we don't have baby specific plans, our Japanese-Western rooms are popular among families with children" (Mx. Koshi, Karuizawa Hotel Longing House)

Karuizawa Hotel Longing House is also known for their delicious food. The restaurant has a vegan head chef, and they serve dishes that use local ingredients from the Shinshu region. You can enjoy Tateshina beef (a local brand of Japanese beef), Shinshu golden gamecock, and Shinshu vegetables (baby food is not served).

You can take the time to savor the food and hot springs during your stay here!

Access from JR Karuizawa Station 10 minutes by taxi, 10 minutes by bus. Shuttle service must be reserved (limited to weekdays, except during the summer).
Guests per Room Up to 3
Room Service Meals Not available
Baby food in hotel restaurant Allowed but not served. Food can also be heated up.
Baby Item Rentals Crib (2,000 yen with tax)
Languages on Website Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese
Languages at Hotel Japanese, English

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4. Karuizawa Prince Hotel East

Originally opened in 1973, the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East underwent renovations for its lobby, restaurant, and 70 rooms in 2017.

The wallpapers and carpets are from minä perhonen, a renowned Japanese fashion brand. Fans of the designer and interior decorating will appreciate the stylish look.

"Out of the 27 rooms in our hotel's East Cottage A, six are 'kids' rooms' furnished with bunk beds. All rooms are air-conditioned. We also have toys and baby products for families with young children. Our accommodations are very flexible, so please feel free to make any additional requests upon booking" (Mx. Nakajima, Prince Hotel).

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is a convenient, two-minute walk from the hotel. Transportation is also made easier by using the free shuttle service.

Menus and signs inside the hotel are also written in English, so visitors from overseas can enjoy a comfortable stay.

Access from JR Karuizawa Station 2 minutes by taxi, 10 minutes on foot. Free shuttle service available.
Guests per Room Up to 4 (main building twin rooms, cottage rooms)
Room Service Meals Not available
Baby Food in Hotel Restaurant Can be arranged during booking
Baby Item Rentals Crib, stroller, baby bathtub, bed rail guards, baby bath seat, baby books with sound, DVDs (items must be reserved).
Languages on Website Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean
Languages at Hotel Japanese, English, Korean, Nepali

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5. The Prince Villa Karuizawa

The Prince Villa Karuizawa is a resort with a baby-friendly environment. Since each room is its own independent cottage, you can relax with your kids without having to worry about your neighbors.

"We also rent out baby products by age if you book the online-exclusive Smile Family Plan" (Mx. Nakajima, Prince Hotel).

At the Prince Villa Karuizawa, there are no set hours for meals. You can go to the Center House lounge to get drinks and food at your own convenience. By minimizing the need to adapt to the hotel's schedule, guests can prioritize their toddler's needs first.

Just like the Karuizawa Prince Hotel East, the Prince Villa is a short distance from the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza. English assistance is also provided at the hotel.

Access from JR Karuizawa Station 1 minute by taxi, 3 minutes on foot
Guest per Room Up to 8 (duplex rooms, duplex spa rooms), up to 6 (spa rooms)
Room Service Meals Personal chef service for an additional fee
Baby Food in Hotel Restaurant Allowed. Food can also be prepared if arranged during booking.
Baby Item Rentals Crib, stroller, baby bathtub, bed rail guards, baby bath seat, baby books with sound, DVDs
Languages on Website Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean
Languages at Hotel Japanese, English, Chinese

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6. Le Grand Kyu Karuizawa

Having opened in the summer 2016, Le Grand Kyu Karuizawa is a beautiful hotel with a classic exterior and interior. Located on Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street—the main street in Karuizawa—this hotel is perfectly situated for sightseeing. The Historic Mikasa Hotel, designated a national Important Cultural Property, and the Shaw Memorial Church are both a five-minute drive away.

The restaurant's concept behind its continental cuisine is to use French cooking as a foundation while incorporating elements from Japanese, Chinese, and Italian dishes.

High chairs for children between the ages of 0 and 2 are provided, so families who typically don't dine at restaurants can also enjoy a relaxing meal with their kids.

The outdoor bath on the top floor (KOMOREBI) gets its water from the spring at Yukaen in Hanamaki, Iwate (a hot spring town). It's the only natural hot spring bath in Kyu-Karuizawa. The hot water is a great way to relax and unwind from everyday stress. Please note children who aren't toilet trained cannot bathe here.

Access from JR Karuizawa Station 5 minutes by taxi, 15 minutes on foot *Free shuttle service available
Guests per Room Up to 4 (executive rooms)
Room Service Meals Not available
Baby Food in Hotel Restaurant Allowed but not served
Baby Item Rentals Not available
Languages on Website Japanese, English
Languages at Hotel Japanese, English

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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