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Former Mikasa Hotel
Former Mikasa Hotel is a Important Cultural Property of Japan which was opened in 1906 by businessman Yamamoto Naoyoshi as a Western-style wooden hotel. It was designed by Okada Tokitaro, the architect for the Bank of Japan building, and Sato Manpei from Mampei Hotel supervised the construction. In the late Meiji period, following the introduction of flush toilets, swimming pools, chandeliers with electric lights, and other modern fixtures, the elegant and modern hotel became known as the "Rokumeikan of Karuizawa" (Rokumeikan is a popular building for social events/diplomats in Tokyo). As Arishima Takeo from Shirakaba literary circle was Yamamoto Naoyoshi's brother-in-law, people from the circle gathered at the hotel. Western tablewares imported from British and painted by Arishima Ikuma were also used. Among its guests are also several big names from the political and business circles. The building is open to the public and you can go in to marvel at the splendor of the past.
1339-342 Oza Karuizawa, Karuizawa, Kitasaku, Nagano
9:00 - 17:00
May, Jun., Jul., Aug., Sep., Oct.
The hotel was built with the latest technology of Meiji and is popular gathering place for the rich and powerful.
30 minutes from Usui-Karuizawa IC on Joshin-etsu Expressway.
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