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“Old Charm in the woods”

St.Paul's Catholic Church Karuizawa
Reviewed 27 April 2017

While spending my holiday in Gunma area I had a chance to took a day trip to Karuizawa. What a fun trip! Cold but very sunny. Just rent a bike. Got very fresh air while cycling through larches, along lakes, through a beautiful boulevard where many ancient western style mansions situated. In the outlet area, locals enjoyed summer time with their families and pets. So nice to see. It was crowded in Ginza shopping street but was a worth visit. Lots of traditional small shops and eatery stand side by side the street. Strolled around the street and somehow emerged in the woods and met this small church. It’s not particularly beautiful but it has its charm. Felt like it’s the sanctuary. There was a wedding going on so that made it more surreal.

Thank thitsar
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

The church is located at a quiet side path yet just a stone throw away from the busy shopping street. The architecture is of traditional wooden roof. It is a nice place to calm you down and to meditate. However, I must state that this a a place for worship so don't treat it as a tourist attraction. A place where God is waiting for you to sooth and touch your heart!

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Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

The church is located in an obscure area in Kyukaruizawa Ginza. I was pacing up and down the street but couldn't find it. I went to a nearby Tourist Information Counter and was told to cut across Church Street, in order to get to the church.

The Catholic church is relative simple and plain, compared to their counterparts in Europe or the US. Nevertheless, I like its simplicity and authenticity. Like most churches in Japan, wooden pews are used in the sanctuary. It has beautiful wooden truss ceiling and a pipe organ. It's worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.

Thank cittabella
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Reviewed 18 January 2016

This small church is not particularly beautiful but being in Japan, it has a special aura. It is less than a century old but is a charming place.

Thank eymwonder
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Reviewed 3 July 2015

That's about it. It's nothing special, sad to say. It's seen better days. Not sure why it's such a major stop for people to see.

Thank Indigo_Scott
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