Karuizawa, just an hour away by shinkansen from central Tokyo, is a longtime vacation destination for international residents living in the metropolitan area, whether it's to get away from the city's summer heat or experience its beautiful nature in milder seasons.

The Nagano Prefecture town will be the host of the Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth on June 15 and 16.

The origins of Karuizawa's enduring fame as a summer getaway can be traced all the way back to the 19th century after missionary Alexander Croft Shaw of the Anglican Church of Canada visited the town in 1886.