Karuizawa, Japan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Karuizawa, Japan? If you're planning to go to Karuizawa, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Karuizawa, Japan

Based on the climate and weather in Karuizawa, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

Important essentials for Karuizawa, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Karuizawa, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent plane-friendly option.


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection available.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear out. An unreadable vaccination card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

General health necessities

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Karuizawa, Japan by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

Traveling to Karuizawa in January, you will notice that it is frosty. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

February

February in Karuizawa is freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

March

If you go to Karuizawa in March, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

April

April in Karuizawa is relatively cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

May

May in Karuizawa is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

June

June in Karuizawa is mild. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

July

July in Karuizawa is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

August

If you are traveling to Karuizawa in August, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

September

September in Karuizawa is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

October

If you are traveling to Karuizawa in October, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

November

If you go to Karuizawa in November, you will notice that it can be brisk. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

December

Traveling to Karuizawa in December, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you want to go to the must-see Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church, it's recommended to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Kazakoshi Park Arena, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you're considering visiting Shiraito falls, prepare to get wet, and take these:

Activities for Karuizawa, Japan

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Karuizawa.

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