Stone Church, Karuizawa-machi

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#1 of 17 in Historic Sites in Karuizawa-machi
Resembling an entrance to an underground cave complex, Stone Church features leaning stone-and-glass arches arranged like a cut-up boulder in a terrace-shaped slabs. Built in 1988 by Kendrik Kellog, a proponent of organic architecture, the church commemorates Uchimura Kanzo (1861-1930), a Christian evangelist. Inside the church, you'll see rows of long pews and a stone altar, with lower parts of the walls inside this well-lit church covered with leaves. A popular venue for wedding ceremonies, performed both in Japanese and English, the church closes for visitors during private services. Take a free shuttle bus or taxi from Karuizawa station, which takes about 15 minutes. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Stone Church by using our Karuizawa-machi route planner.
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  • To me, it is just a tick box, 'been there, done that' kind of attraction. Unless you are quite interested in architecture or hunting for a unique church for a wedding, there isn't any spectacular...  more »
  • This church is small simple and stunning, I loved its natural beauty with the vines and water flowing. I could have sat there all day  more »
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