Photo: Karuizawa Ice Park

Karuizawa Ice Park Curling Hall is an all year round curling arena with six sheets of dedicated curling ice.

It opened in April 2013 as a part of Karuizawa Kazakoshi Park.

1154-1 Hocchi Karuizawa,
Kitasaku Nagano 389-0113


Competitions at Karuizawa Kazakoshi Park Arena

Curling Competition at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, Nagano

At the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, curling returned as an official Olympic sport, the first time since the 1924 Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France.

The competitions during the Nagano Games took place at the Karuizawa Kazakoshi Park Arena.

Eight teams men’s team contested the event: the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Norway and Japan.

Eight teams also contested the women’s event: USA, Great Britain, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Japan.

All the teams, except Japan who qualified as hosts, earned their right to participate in these Olympic Games following their final rankings at the previous three years World Curling Championships.

Thousands of spectators filled the arena every day of the competition. Before the Olympics, curling was a small sport in Japan, but it has grown considerably since.

It is now known as an intellectual sport played on ice that incorporates a lot of different tactics.

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