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APA Hotel Karuizawa Ekimae Karuizawaso
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is the type of hotel where the regular travellers will term as "business hotel", and its very near to the Karuizawa train station.
Hotel and rooms are very clean, rooms are of course small (this is Japan) but efficiently laid out.There is a large shopping complex south of the train station and its a less than 10 minute stroll from the hotel. North of the train station are some eateries and restaurants. North of the hotel is a lake and its good for morning or evening walk to de stress, especially if you are here for business.
There is a very large ski area short distance from this hotel. In summary this hotel is located in a very strategic location in Karuizawa.
The only "complain" is the breakfast is somewhat plain, but its healthy!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic location - 2 min walk from the train station and about 5-10 mins from the outlets. Room was extremely small, however for the price and location - I wasn't complaining. Note - after 7pm the town is very quiet - so book a dinner reservation around 530/6 or catch the train somewhere. Nagano is a short train ride away. Overall the hotel was fine and would recommend it.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Chanced upon this hotel's official website and found out price was half cheaper than the usual online booking portals. Location is very near to Karuizawa train station, from north exit it's about 2 mins walk (hotel building can be seen from station). It's located right next to the tracks, but surprisingly I didnt notice the noise throughout 2 nights stay. English level here is below average, so any tourist queries will be tricky. But the usual checkin/out and hotel questions, it's ok. Seems there are 2 blocks/wings here, I stayed in the main wing where the reception was. The laundromat, microwave oven, etc. is in the next wing which seems to be newer though. Our semi-double bedroom is really small, hardly space for 2 persons to walk by at a time. Bearable considering its price is 3 times cheaper than the popular Prince hotel / ski resort. Heating is centralized and can be quite hot throughout, most of time we opened the windows. Noticed other rooms opened the room doors for more ventilation too. Free wifi is provided at hotel lobby.

Karuizawa is a sleepy winter town, most of everything closes at 7pm, even restaurants. So after the daily skiing ends at 5pm, it's rush hour for factory outlet shopping and dining. There's a good tourist info office at the train station, so all queries about the town can be addressed there.

There are free shuttle buses at the south exit bus station to ie. one goes to/fro main ski resort / prince hotel east and another goes to/fro the quieter far east ski area at regular intervals.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

It is near to the JR Karuizawa station and Ohga Hall. You can also buy the bus ticket to Tokyo in the hotel. Room is small but clean. There is also complimentary internet in the room.
Staff can speak little bit of English.
Nothing much to do in Karuizawa after 6pm.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 23, 2009

Cleanliness: Like most Japanese hotel, this hotel is very clean.

Location: It is about 3 minutes walk from the JR Karuizawa station. However, it is at a very quiet side of Karuizawa with almost no activity at all. There is a car rental shop diagonally across the street and it is besides many bus stops making sight-seeing convenient.

Rooms: The room is very small with a sofa and old furniture. Despite the small size and the old decoration, it has everything that you need. During winter months, the heater in the room is on which can cause the room to be rather warm.

Service: Service is good at the front-desk but some staff are unable to communicate in English. But overall, we are satisfied with the service.

Value: We stayed during the off-peak season and thus we got the room at very good rate. There is free internet access in the room. Overall very good value considering that accomodation in Karuizawa is generally expensive (there are other affordable ones but they are too far away from the train station).

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: 1178-1135 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun 389-0102, Nagano Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Kitasaku-gun > Karuizawa-machi
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #25 of 62 Hotels / Ryokan in Karuizawa-machi
Price Range: $61 - $266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — APA Hotel Karuizawa Ekimae Karuizawaso 3*
Number of rooms: 61
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