We visited Karuizawa on 29th Oct 2007. Only aim of the visit was to relax. It's around 2 hours by car. Take Kanetsu Expressway from Nerima (Tokyo). Then take Joshinetsu expressway from Fujioka junction. Exit at Usui Karuizawa. Take a look at Karuizawa City Official web site . Or if you know Japanese then click here.

We stayed at Cypress Hotel . Room was very comfortable for family of four. It had a small kitchen with microwave and refrigerator as well.

Autumn color change was much better than we expected. Click here for more photos.