Explore Karuizawa’s many churches
When you walk towards the end of the Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza shopping street, you’ll find the small wooden Shaw Memorial Church. Karuizawa’s oldest church, it was built in 1895 and founded by the Canadian missionary and Anglican minister Alexander Croft Shaw. He popularised Karuizawa as a summer resort in the late 19th century and since then, a number of other churches have been built in the area.
Within the Karuizawa Hoshino area, you’ll find the wooden Karuizawa Kogen Church set inside a lush forest, as well as the Stone Church next to Hotel Bleston Court. The one-of-a-kind design made from stone and glass arches is designed to symbolise the mutual support between two people – as you might imagine, many couples hold their wedding ceremonies in Karuizawa’s beautiful churches.