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St. Paul Catholic Church : 軽井沢聖パウロカトリック教会

Romantic Chapel Vestige of Karuizawa’s Missionary Roots

Eastern Nagano


Karuizawa was popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s with the Western missionaries in Tokyo as a summer resort. One such missionary, Father Ward from England, built St. Paul Catholic Church in 1935. Designed by A. Raymond, the architecture is characterized by its steep, 3-sided roof with a large steeple and exposed concrete. St. Paul Catholic Church is a popular symbol of Kariuzawa.


Hours :
7:00-18:00 (closes at sundown in the winter). 
Date(s) :
Open daily. Entrance not possible during mass or when in use. 
Entrance Price :
Offerings accepted. 


tel : +81(0)267-42-2429   Official site


By Train
From Karuizawa Station(JR Hokuriku(Nagano) Shinkansen), From the Kita-Guchi (north) exit, take the Kusa-Karu Bus from platform #4 (Loop Bus, Inner Route), Kyukaruizawa stop (approx. 5 min), then 6 min on foot.
By Car
From Usui-Karuizawa IC, 20 min (No parking on the premises.)
179,Karuizawa,Karuizawa, Kitasaku,389-0102

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