Hakone has beautiful untouched nature and is known as an old ascetic training centre. It has been a famous resort destination since the Meiji period (1868-1912) because of its splendid scenery. Our hotel is located in the centre of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is filled with the peace and relaxation of the lush forest.
In front of the terrace we have the villa gardens of the top family within the Mitsui clan, which were constructed in the 3rd year of the Taisho period (1914). They were incorporated into our grounds with our expansion into a hotel and so live on.
We also have an open-air hot spring for bathing in the gardens. You will loose track of time, enjoying the distinct beauty of each season to your heart’s content within the freedom of the great natural surroundings.
In 1948, after the war, the Fujita family decided to sell their villa. So we took over and started as the Kowaki-en Inn. In 1949, a hot spring gushed out of the ground. In May of 1959, we opened the current Hakone Hotel Kowaki-en. In 2001, we opened the hot spring theme park, Yunessun, which you enjoy in your swimsuit. Many of our buildings and gardens have been designated as Tangible Cultural Properties.
The origins of Fujita Kanko Inc. were in Denzaburo Fujita Shosha, a company founded in 1869 by Denzaburo Fujita, a benefactor and a business tycoon in the Kansai area during the Meiji Era. Denzaburo Fujita Shosha underwent a series of reorganizations, including renaming, merging, and spinning off businesses. In 1955, the tourism sector of Denzaburo Fujita Shosha was renamed Fujita Tourist Enterprises Co., Ltd.
In the aftermath of World War II, with the goal of offering peaceful and comfortable public gathering places, Eiichi Ogawa, the first president of Fujita Kanko Inc., opened some of the company’s traditional gardens to the public so their scenic beauty and heritage could be widely enjoyed. This is how the gardens at Hakone Hotel Kowaki-en and Chinzanso became what Ogawa envisioned as "healthy recreation areas." His spirit of hospitality, which is very much alive in the company today, made a great contribution to nurturing new business markets for Fujita Kanko in the hospitality industry, including hot-spring resorts, banquets and weddings, as well as budget hotels.