“Perfect Accommodation – Excellent Cuisine – Charges Moderate
“[The Mikasa Hotel] is finely situated at Karuizawa 3,278 feet above sea level. It commands wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the famous volcano Asnma, and is only 20 minutes ride from Karuizawa Railway Station. It is the most comfortable hotel in the East.
“It contains many well-furnished Bed and Sitting rooms, Bar room, Dining room, Billiard room with English American and French tables, Drawing room, Reading room, Smoking room, Dark room, Bath room with needle and Shower bath, Hot spring, Swimming bath (100 ft. long, 42 ft. wide and 12 ft. deep), Tennis court, and Porcelain kiln, where ‘Mikasa-yaki’ is made of Asama volcanic sand, Acetillin light, and etc.”
– A Guide-book for Tourists in Japan, by Kihin Kai [The Welcome Society], 1906