According to The Asahi Shimbun, the wine bar sits on a platform inside JR Karuizawa Station, allowing customers to soak up the local railway atmosphere.
It opened on 30th June and offers around 40 wines produced in Nagano Prefecture.
This wine bar is specifically targeting tourists to Karuizawa.
It is operated by Karuizawa Wine Portal, a company set up with investments from Mr Toyoo Tamamura, who runs a winery in Tomi, and others in Japan.
The wines on offer are produced by 10 wineries located along the Chikumagawa river, including those in the cities of Komoro and Tomi.
Sommeliers recommend wines based on the preference of each customer. The menu features foodstuffs from the prefecture, including vegetables produced in Karuizawa. Customers can also take out wines in 200-milliliter containers.
“We want people to taste our wines before boarding the Shinkansen,” Tsutomu Horiuchi, president of Karuizawa Wine Portal, said during the opening reception held July 29. “Our aim is to provide information on Nagano’s wines from Karuizawa.”
The terrace seats give customers a feel for the old Shinetsu Line, which was closed due to the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line.
The bar is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
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