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Karuizawa Station

Shinkansen gate (from inside)
Shinano Railway Line platform, July 2012

Karuizawa Station (軽井沢駅 Karuizawa-eki) is a railway station in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, operated jointly by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Shinano Railway.


Karuizawa Station is served by the JR East Nagano Shinkansen high-speed line from Tokyo to Nagano. It is also served by the private Shinano Railway Line which operates between Karuizawa and Nagano.

Station layout

The station has a Midori no Madoguchi staffed ticket office.[1]

JR East platforms

The shinkansen station consists of two island platforms serving four tracks.

1/2 Nagano Shinkansen for Takasaki, Ōmiya, and Tokyo
3/4 Nagano Shinkansen for Sakudaira, Ueda, and Nagano

Shinano Railway platforms

1/2 Shinano Railway Line for Komoro, Ueda, Shinonoi, and Nagano

Adjacent stations

« Service »
Nagano Shinkansen
Annaka-Haruna Asama Sakudaira
Shinano Railway Line
Terminus Local Naka-Karuizawa


Preserved old station building

The station began service on December 1, 1888 as the terminal of the government railway between Naoetsu (near the Sea of Japan coast) and Karuizawa. The line was extended from Karuizawa to Yokokawa through the Usui Pass on April 1, 1893, completing the trunk line between Takasaki (connecting to a Nippon Railway line to Ueno Station in Tokyo) and Naoetsu, which was later named the Shinetsu Main Line. At Karuizawa, all trains were coupled with or separated from helper locomotives that were required for all trains to go through the Usui Pass section.

When the Japanese National Railways (JNR) were divided and privatized on April 1, 1987, Shinetsu Main Line became a part of the system of East Japan Railway Company (JR East). On October 1, 1997, JR East opened the Nagano Shinkansen with a stop at Karuizawa. At the same time, JR East ceased to operate the conventional Shinetsu Main Line between Yokokawa and Shinonoi, of which, the section between Yokokawa and Karuizawa (Usui Pass) was closed permanently and the remaining section was transferred to Shinano Railway. Since then, Karuizawa Station has been shared by JR East and Shinano Railway.

Passenger statistics

In fiscal 2011, the JR East station was used by an average of 2,732 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[2]

Surrounding area

  • Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
  • Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort


  • Karuizawa Prince Hotel
  • Mampei Hotel
  • Mikasa Hotel

See also


  1. ^ 各駅情報(軽井沢駅) [Station Information (Karuizawa Station)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  2. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2011年度) [FY2011 Station passenger figures] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 

External links

  • JR East Karuizawa Station (Japanese)
  • Shinano Railway Karuizawa Station (Japanese)

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