Karuizawa is located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Nicknamed the “Roof of Japan,” Nagano Prefecture is renowned for its beautiful scenery, clean air, and impressive mountains. Nagano is home to the towering Japanese Alps and Jigokudani, known for Japan’s world-famous snow monkeys. Natural beauty is honored and preserved in Nagano, with over 20% of the area designated as national park land. Host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano Prefecture is now one of Japan’s premier destinations for winter sports.
Karuizawa has been attracting an international mix of visitors since the late nineteenth century. The mountainous climate keeps Kaurizawa cool and comfortable during Japan’s summer months and the beautiful setting provides outdoor enthusiasts with activities of all kinds year round including hiking, cycling, tennis, golf, and skiing. Karuizawa has the unique distinction of being the only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympic events. Its world-class Ice Arena is the current home to the International Curling Championships, drawing athletes from around the globe. In addition to the many outdoor activities, visitors come to Karuizawa to enjoy top-notch Japanese hot springs (“onsen”), fine dining, and shopping.
ISAK would not be the remarkable school that it is without the support of the local community, and we are strongly committed to developing and maintaining strong ties with the people of Karuizawa. Once a week, students go off campus for service projects in the Karuizawa area, including volunteering at local schools and retirement homes and participating in environmental projects. We also invite local students and community members to campus for special events throughout the year. This type of ongoing involvement helps our students appreciate the importance of community interaction and develop their leadership skills in real-life situations. It also allows international students the opportunity to practice their Japanese and discover more about everyday life in Japan.