Fujiya Hotel in Japan
Miyanoshita Fujiya Hotel
The International School Network interviewed Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita, on July 20th. With a unique, elegant, and luxurious charm, the Fujiya Hotel has been welcoming various people from all across the globe since 1978. Located in the midst of the beautiful greenery of Hakone, this historical hotel features old-fashioned Meiji Era architecture constructed during the 1880s. The architecture exquisitely blends the traditional Japanese and Western cultures. Over many years, the hotel has hosted numerous famous guests such as Charles Chaplin, Helen Keller, John Lennon, UK Prince Albert (later George VI), the Swedish Crown Prince, Emperor Showa, and the current Emperor and Empress of Japan.
The Hakone area is a lovely hot-spring resort for sightseeing not only the natural landscapes but also the traditional Japanese townscape, and for shopping for unique items and food. While touring the shopping street near the station upon arrival, we came across various fascinating souvenir shops which include a rice cracker shop, and a shop displaying wooden doll crafts. (by Madoka)
The picture above shows the front door of the hotel. (正面玄関)
The flag right outside the hotel is raised every day.
There are 5 different buildings of accommodation in The Fujiya Hotel, all built in stages starting from the 1880s. The lodges were constructed over the years from 1891 to 1960. There is the Main Building, the Comfy Lodge / Restful Cottage, the Flower Palace, the Annex Kikka-so Inn, and the Forest Lodge. All except the latter are registered as national cultural assets. (by Madoka)
Omotenashi Serivce (By Kate)
‘Omotenashi’ is one of the main cultural values of the Japanese people. It is sense of hospitality to welcome guests with warmth and a service given from the heart. Although hospitality is the basis of any hotel or service, Omotenashi is no longer a duty but is a spirit Japanese people have to welcome guests warmly with understanding. Many Japanese have thoughts that there is no perfect Omotenashi as it can never be attained with a manual. Omotenashi should differ for each customer and the circumstance. It puts emphasis on the relationship with each person and to value each moment spent together. It involves the emotions and sincerity of the service and it can not be done with logical explanations.
Japanese people has passed on this spirit of Omotenashi over a long period of history.
Here in Hakone, Japan, you are able to stay in architecturally significant buildings, where you will receive the highest levels of service honed over our long history.
Our hotel is located in Miyanoshita, in the middle of the Hakone area, making it a convenient base for touring around the region, whether your interests are sightseeing in Hakone or shopping at the Gotemba Outlet Mall.