Karuizawa is famous resort area where Japanese people go to escape the summer heat. Located at the foot of Mount Asama, it has a very mild climate that maintains a pleasant average temperature of 20.5°C (70°F) even throughout summer. Only an hour or so away from the Tokyo area on the Shinkansen bullet train, you can reach naturally scenic and beauty places like Shiraito Falls and Kumoba Pond. Karuizawa is also dotted with places to experience Japanese history, including the old station towns of Oiwake-shuku and Karuizawa-shuku.