Will be heading to Naka Karuizawa (another part of karuizawa, where im staying at is kyu karuizawa) to visit the stone church and Harunire Terrace for the first half of the day and after that take a bus to kusatsu onsen for the second half of the day.
Breakfast made of local produce. The consomme soup was the best I had.
Local train heading to Naka Karuizawa
Drawing of Karuizawa
man hole cover unique to Karuizawa
Had a slow walk from the station to Harunire terrace with many stops in between to take photos of the river.
Arriving at the stone church, only then I realized that we are not allowed to take photos of the inside ): such a pity as it was really beautiful designed and built on the inside.
The outside of the famous stone church
A picture of how it will look at night
Nothing much in this place, just shops and restaurants. Nice architecture layout beside the river. The rain only made the experience worse. Had a good lunch here so that’s a + point.
Tempura and Soba set – Delicious
Waited for the free shuttle back to karuizawa station and from there waited for the bus to bring to kusatsu onsen.
Bus journey there had amazing views, but no pictures because …
Do not understand why the windows are tinted blue/cyan, but basically all the pictures came out like this so didn’t bother to take any more.
Reached the bus station and went to the customer service to get them to call my Ryokan to fetch me. For most ryokans there, they would be able to pick you up from/send you to the bus station for your arrival and departure. For me I stayed at Yorokobi no Yado Takamatsu or aka Hotel Takamatsu.
Entrance of the Hotel.
My small but cozy room (en-suite toilet included)
Had arranged for a dinner in the hotel for tonight and got a some time to spare before the arranged timing so went out to the Yubatake (one of the famous attractions for this place). Only a few minutes walk to reach the Yubatake from my hotel. But basically everywhere in Kusatsu is easily walk-able (besides the ski slopes).
Drawings by school students in the individual “caves”
Went back to my hotel to rest for a bit before dinner.
Entrance to the restaurant
Sukiyaki Kaiseki Dinner with a few items not in picture.
The main highlight, A5 Shinshu Wagyu!!! 3 slices is definitely not enough!
After dinner, went back out to the Yubatake to take some night shots. As soon as I exited the hotel, omg it was snowing heavily with massive winds. I decided to brave the weather and took a hotel umbrella with me. Did I mention it was cold af as well. Enjoy the pictures below!
Night light up of the little “caves”
Night light up of Yubatake
A couple using onsen water meant for the foot bath to warm their hands
A different angle of Yubatake
After about an hour, I couldn’t take it anymore, it was just too cold and windy. Went to 7-11 to get some snacks and went back to my hotel to nua and sleep.