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kanazawa vs karuizawa january

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kanazawa vs karuizawa january

Hi guys!

we are thinking of spending 3 days in either kanazawa or karuizawa, hopefully in a ryokan for new years or 1/2~

does anyone recommend one over the other ? so hard to pick..

we are two designers and would love to try a winter ryokan + bath experience as well as just sightseeing winter in japan :)

also we might try to rent a car depending on how easy it is to drivel / get there

any comments would be helpful for this couple, thanks!

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1. Re: kanazawa vs karuizawa january

Do you know that it is our crazy New Year Holidays from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3, when many people return to their home town to cerebrate the New Year with their parents, relatives, or old friends, thus many long distance JR trains are crowded very much? Especially, Jan. 2 and 3 are when many people return to their home, because they start their job from Jan. 4.

I think Kanazawa is better than Karuizawa for Onsen Ryokan, but it would be difficult to go in the New Year.

From which city are you going to move from? If it's Tokyo, I think Kawaguchiko (Fuji 5 Lakes) would be the best where you can go by taking highway bus from Expressway Bus Terminal (BUSTA) in front of Shinjuku Station without taking any trains. You can enjoy the great view of Mt. Fuji if the weather is fine, in addition to

Onsen and Kaiseki meals in an Onsen Ryokan. Here is the site to reserve the highway bus.


Here are good Onsen Ryokans in Kawaguchiko.


Here is my report of Toki Yuyu Rakuyu.


Also, Kinugawa Onsen can be reached by taking Tobu Railway from Asakusa, and its Limited Express might not crowded, if you take it on Jan. 1.

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