About NII

International Seminar House for Advanced Studies

The International Seminar House for Advanced Studies, or Inose Lodge, was built on land donated by Dr. Hiroshi Inose, the first director general of NII. His idea was to create an ideal place for interdisciplinary and international discussions.



1052-471, Okan Minamihara Nagakura, Karuizawa, Karuizawa-cho, Kita Saku-gun, Nagano 389-0111, JAPAN
TEL:+81-267-41-1083 FAX:+81-267-41-1075 (from outside Japan)

Access by railways

Less than 90 minutes by Nagano-bound Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo Station to Karuizawa Station. Five minutes by car or 30 minutes on foot to the Lodge.

Access by car

Fifteen minutes from Joshin-etsu Expressway, Usui-Karuizawa interchange -> turn left at Usui Bypass -> turn right at Minamihara sign -> turn right at the fire hydrant sign -> turn left at the first Stop sign -> turn left at first crossroads.

Map (PDF/310kB; included in User's Handbook)

Guide for users


1 Domestic and international academic conferences, seminars, etc.
2 Public lectures and social gatherings, etc.
3 Research and training of NII researchers and staff.

Hours and capacity

Seminar room:Hours: 9:00-, Capacity: 46 people
Accommodations:Check in from 15:00-21:00 /Check out by 10:00, Capacity: 10 people


December 29 to January 3


RoomsRoom rates per person
per night including
nightclothes and towels.
Single / Twin
3,000 yen
Twin for 1 person
5,000 yen
*No breakfast and dinner served

User's handbook (PDF/1.12MB)

Includes detailed descriptions for use, i.e., guidelines for users, road map and walk map, facilities and articles in the lodge, manuals for connecting to network and printing, information on provision and dining, rent-a-bike, BBQ facilities, and so forth.

Application procedures

The applicant is required to fill out the application form (included in the "kit") and receive a permit from the department concerned. The form can be submitted from the first day of the month two months prior to date of use to 10 days before travel.
Applications by non-NII employees can be arranged upon appropriate referral from an NII employee.

Download kit

Download a complete kit inculding all forms and user's handbook(a Zip archive: 1.10MB).
(Web pages outside NII are not included in the kit)

Submit forms to

General Affairs Department
National Institute of Informatics
2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8430, Japan
Tel: +81-3-4212-2105 Fax: 81-3-4212-2120 E-mail: karusemi@nii.ac.jp

Websites on Karuizawa

English information posted by the Karuizawa town office

Disclaimer on external links

NII provides links to external websites for its readers as a convenience and for information purposes only. The links do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by NII. NII bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external websites.