Be it a meditative garden stroll or a forested mountain hike, treat yourself to a full recharge in nature.

Nature sits comfortably alongside architecture at SSH.
The structure was built to wind, quite literally, through the
existing forest trees – plus just on its doorstep are
mountains, rivers, waterfalls. In short? It’s the perfect place
to recharge.


“The surrounding nature itself is the design concept.”
So says the hotel’s architect Shigeru Ban – and it’s easy to see why. A colorful cornucopia of more than 260 trees cocoons the hotel – cherry trees, red maples, cedars, evergreens – providing an ever-changing natural backdrop,



Explore the changing colors of SSH throughout the year.

  • In Spring… pen a haiku beneath the garden’s cherry blossoms before enjoying a picnic bento box at nearby waterfalls.
  • In Summer… swap city humidity for fresh air and green foliage, perfect for cycling, hiking, horseback riding, tennis.
  • In Autumn... watch maples transform into fiery shades – and make the most of the temperate climes with mountain hikes.
  • In Winter... as snow falls, enjoy the coziest time of year: best for skiing, hot spring onsen soaks and fireside nightcaps.


Karuizawa is nirvana for nature-lovers – and SSH staff know all the best spots to visit: from hidden waterfalls and cross country ski trails to mountain hikes and horse-riding routes.

  • Yacho no Mori Wild Bird Forest
  • Hanareyama Park, Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park
  • Sengataki Falls