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Just launched my blog today, hoping it to be a resource for people who have some interests in living or having a vacation house in the town of Karuizawa, a famous highland resort in central Japan.
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I moved from Tokyo to Karuizawa in 2012, though I had a job then in Tokyo. It was about 110 minutes commute one-way every weekday (including 70 minutes on a bullet train), and I was seen by my colleagues with curiosity.
I initially felt tired from such long commuting time, but got accustomed to it shortly. I started my life in Karuizawa by contracting an apartment for rent. The fee was 140,000 Japanese Yen monthly, for roughly 80 sqm of floor including 2 bedrooms. It was roomy enough for me and my wife. It was located in a southern district of Karuizawa, in the area within 30 minutes by foot, or 5 minutes drive to the Karuizawa train station. You may be able to find cheaper apartments for rent in non-walking distance areas in the town though, but I felt it was reasonable enough for Tokyo commuters like me.
Outside windows of the apartment were just forests and mountains. I often meet small animals and beautiful mountain birds from a terrace. Yes, I moved to a highland town at 1000 meters above sea level. I could feel real restart of my life by crisp air, birdsong, and endless blue sky surrounding my new home.
Two years later in 2014, I had our own house built in the town and moved from the rental apartment. I purchased small, roughly 400 sqm lot of land near the rental apartment and asked an architect and builders to build a house with 3 bedrooms, and 140 sqm of floor according to our unique requirements. In Karuizawa, it is roughly 16 to 28 degrees in Celsius during summer and minus 15 to 2 degrees in Celsius during winter. Very comfortable in summer of course, but very severe in winter on the other hand. I discussed with the architect for thermal insulation performance of the house thoroughly, and as a result, our house was named "thermos bottle" house by me and the architect. It is really that. Energy saving but very warm house. I am 120% satisfied with the work by the architect and builders.
I will write another post on my house building story later.
I decided to start my blog, wishing more people to consider living in this beautiful and comfortable town by sharing my experience and knowledge on the area. Either workers and residents in the greater Tokyo area or seasonal visitors to Tokyo can consider to have their primary or second house here.
I hope you enjoy my blog. Welcome any comment.
(Chinese translation for trial purpose - 中文翻译试行)