Hon Karuizawa Map

I recently started publishing the single page “Hon Karuizawa Map” (in Japanese 「本軽井沢マップ」) website.

“Hon Karuizawa” (本軽井沢) is the name of the zone within Karuizawa Town where the majority of the tourist attractions are located. The entire zone is accessible via walking or by bicycle from Karuizawa Station.

The Hon Karuizawa Map is actually a series of activity specific maps for visitors and residents in Karuizawa. The maps are PDF format and can be freely downloaded from the site.

Currently the maps include seven types of activity specific maps such as Hotels, French dining, Italian dining, Karuizawa Toast (Karuizawa’s wonderful french toast venues), Soba restaurants, Bars, and Nightlife.

I’ll be adding more maps as time goes on. Please feel free to download the maps and use them when you visit Karuizawa, Japan’s premier mountain resort.

Karuizawa Toast


I’ve created a Japanese language Facebook page devoted to all the wonderful French toast dishes available in Karuizawa, Japan’s premier mountain resort town. Currently there are over twenty cafés, restaurants, hotels, inns, and bakeries that offer French toast dishes.

The Facebook page is called “Karuizawa Toast” and is updated several times a week. Content includes photos, comments, trivia and history, and a google map to all the places that serve French toast.

Karuizawa has a long history of leading the Japanese nation into new culinary trends. Recent examples include the specialty coffee shop boom, the popularity of pancake restaurants & cafés, and the increasing number of Brazilian acai bowl dishes popping up all over the country. All of these trends had their beginnings in Karuizawa over the past decade or so.

French toast has a long history in Karuizawa as well. Karuizawa’s classic Mampei Hotel has been serving French toast since the immediate post war period, nearly seven decades ago.

Karuizawa has all the precursors for terrific French toast, too. Many high quality bakeries in town, excellent milk and egg producers in the region, numerous locally produced jams, preserves, honeys, a large cadre of highly talented chefs, and affluent consumers demanding all the best. Karuizawa may have the perfect French toast storm building in the mountains of Nagano prefecture.