Bespoke visits, guided art and architecture tours, personalized introductions and curated creative events: staff at Shishi-Iwa House are experts at crafting the ultimate experiences for guests, due to a carefully nurtured network of local friends and deep insider knowledge. Simply discuss your needs with staff ahead of visiting – and an unforgettable stay will be waiting for you upon arrival.

Whatever the time of year, visitors can enjoy countless activities deeply tied to Karuizawa’s natural landscape – from skiing to sake tastings.

Seasonal activities include trekking, horse riding, tennis, golf, sake brewery tours, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hot spring onsen bathing, al fresco picnics, bespoke shopping trips, cave exploring, artisan studio visits, private tours of regional vineyards. Please enquire for further information.



  • SpringPoetic expanses of cherry blossoms, budding forest plants — and countless outdoor activities, such as forest trekking, horse riding, tennis and golf. It’s also a good time to explore sake breweries (staff can arrange bespoke visits).
  • SummerEscape the humidity of Tokyo and enjoy cooler temperatures when Karuizawa is at its green summertime peak. Golf, tennis and climbing Mount Asama are popular summer activities.
  • AutumnMountain forests ablaze with the colors of autumn leaves are a key highlight, alongside trekking, exploring local vineyards and enjoying a cornucopia of seasonal local produce.
  • WinterAs snow falls, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and cozy fireside nightcaps. Staff can also arrange private trips to top ski resorts and hot spring onsen across the region.


There are few more peaceful settings for a private gathering, be it a corporate wellness break or a family retreat. The hotel can be rented out in its entirety, or by cluster, depending on group size. Please contact SSH directly to discuss your requirements.