This Outdoor Library In Karuizawa Lets You Immerse In The Autumn Season As You Read Books


Syahirah Mazlan •  Oct 18, 2022

Located in Nagano Prefecture near Tokyo, Karuizawa may look like any other small town. However, it is known among the locals as the go-to place for summer retreats in Japan. Thanks to its elevated position on the highlands of Japan, the wind always blows steadily in this region, making it cool even during the hotter times of the year! ? In autumn, the landscape in Karuizawa changes drastically which is why this outdoor Autumn Library in Hoshino Resort. Here’s what you have to know!

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Credit: Hoshino Resort Karuizawa

If you’re looking to experience autumn outside of Tokyo and in the heart of nature, Hoshino Resorts in Karuizawa is the ideal place to do so! From now till 6 November 2022, Hoshino Resorts has set up an outdoor Autumn Library in its massive Plaza which will showcase around 500 books.

P.S. Karuizawa is a 2hr 30minute train ride from Tokyo! But the scenery and nature is worth the long trip.

Credit: Hoshino Resort Karuizawa

The bookshelves of the open-air library were built by the Rebuilding Centre Japan in the city of Suwa, prefecture, a facility that collects and reuses old materials and tools. The bookshelves also work as a bench for visitors to sit on in between perusing the book selections! ? The Plaza itself will be adorned by fallen leaves against the backdrop of Karuizawa’s nature scene, so we urge you to grab a few pictures of the beautiful scenery.

Credit: Hoshino Resort Karuizawa

Need to warm yourself up with a hot beverage? Pay a visit to Hungry Spot Cafe located within the resort for a sip of their autumn specialty (which happens to be limited-edition too!) - Apple Ginger Tea made with local Shinshu apples! Don’t miss out on the fragrant and refreshing Fuwafuwa Milk Apple Tea either.

Entry into the Autumn Library is FREE for all even if you’re not a guest at the Hoshino Resort, so we highly recommend you visit if you’re in Karuizawa! It’s an autumn experience worth the trip.

Autumn Library @ Hoshino Resort

Address: Hoshino, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0194

Opening hours: 10AM-4PM 

Entry: Free

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