Stone Church, Karuizawa-machi

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Monument · Religious Site
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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  • Very nice church for marriage ceremony. Japanese girls love to visit this church. It's free to visit but you may need some guidance to find it because the city map just not friendly for drivers.  more »
  • 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 »

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