Stone Church, Karuizawa-machi

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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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  • A tourist spot that I was taking a walk in the Hoshino area. You can enjoy it on the mossy stone road until you head to the stone church. The inside of the building is a transparent member like acrylic that connects the arch with the arch of the stone. I'm taking the light from there. The walls of the church are transformed with water-cultivated plants. You can see it as an interesting structure.
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  • Very pretty church with cleaver use of natural light. The interior is also pretty with lots of flowers and plants. The church itself is also an art work. Recommend to visit in late afternoon when you ...  more »
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