33年ぶりの軽井沢訪問 My first visit to Karuizawa in 33 years….

Location of Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan

Location of Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

時間が経つの早いこと(?)……33年ぶりに 軽井沢に行って来ました。

今回は 軽井沢で開催された盛和塾例会のためでした。例会の夜は プリンスホテルのキャビンで泊まり、翌朝は敷地内の中で散策しました。空気が良いし、自然もあるし、素晴らしいところでした。

33年前は父が駐日大使をしていた時、毎年 夏に家族で 大使館の別荘で泊まり、東京より涼しい夏を過ごしました。プリンス側の軽井沢は 別の町のような気がします。しかし、旧軽井沢と 中軽井沢はあまり変わっていないような 気がしました・・・・

写真はプリンスホテルの中で撮ったものです・・・・

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Time flies….I just visited Karuizawa. Haven’t been there for over 33 years!!!

This time we went to Karuizawa to attend a Seiwa Juku meeting. The meeting was held at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel and we stayed in a cabin on the grounds. I am guessing that most accommodation is cabin style- top class with bathrooms and air conditioning…none of that camping stuff. The next morning we took off for a walk in the grounds, it is a lot cooler than Tokyo and the air is clean and you can hear birds chirping all over the place. Just beautiful……..

33 years ago I used to go and stay in Karuizawa during the summer when my father was Ambassador to Japan. The Prince Hotel side has altered the dynamics of Karuizawa and if you don’t cross the train line you might be tempted to think that Karuizawa IS the Prince Hotel! But if you venture into the old Karuizawa you will find it hasn’t changed much and it still retains its old characteristics with shops and restaurants for the tourists and lots of cottages owned by Tokyoites.

The photos I took are taken inside the Prince Hotel grounds.

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