Our History

Fujita Kanko Story

The origins of Fujita Kanko Inc. were in Denzaburo Fujita Shosha, a company founded in 1869 by Denzaburo Fujita, a benefactor and 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 Kogyo Co., Ltd.

In the aftermath of World War II, 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. His spirit of hospitality, which is very much alive in the company today, nurtured new business markets for Fujita Kanko in the hospitality industry, including hot-spring resorts, banquets and weddings, as well as budget hotels.

Our company aims to be both traditional and innovative at the same time. To suit the varied tastes of our guests and the market, our portfolio of properties includes a range of innovative hotels, restaurants, wedding and banquet facilities as well as leisure facilities. However, in searching for innovation, we rediscover over and over again the timeless value of our traditional heritage, which includes Taiko-en, Hakone Hotel Kowakien and the Garden of Chinzanso, a symbol of our prestige.

The competitive advantage offered by Fujita Kanko Inc. is based on the philosophy of offering the best of “traditional and innovative” hospitality, and on the company’s long history of distinguished service. That service is intended to meet the diversified needs of our guests and offer them a wonderful experience at a level no other property in the country can reach.



Denzaburo Fujita (Founder of Fujita Group) established a trading company.


He reorganized the trading company and created Fujita Gumi (now DOWA HOLDINGS CO., LTD.).


Fujita Mining Co., Ltd. (renamed Fujita Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 1948) was founded.


Hakone Kowakien (Japanese-Style Inns) was opened.


The company’s first hot spring was developed in Hakone Kowakien.


Chinzanso was opened as a restaurant (bridal and banquet facilities opened in the following year).


Fujita Kogyo Co., Ltd. spun off its tourism business to establish Fujita Kanko Inc.


Taikoen (Osaka) was opened.


Kyoto Kokusai Hotel was opened.


Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (changed to the First Section in the following year)


Japan's first hotel membership FGM (Fujita Green Members) was born.


Shimoda Aquarium was opened.


Fujita Kanko's first directly managed Washington Hotel was opened as Sapporo Dai-ichi Washington Hotel.


Shinjuku Washington Hotel was opened.


Camellia Hills Country Club was opened.


Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzanso was opened.


Hakone Kowakien Yunessun was opened.


Hotel Gracery brand was launched.


Rebranded Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo was opened.


Yufuin Ryokuyu was opened.


Hotel Gracery Shinjuku was opened.


Kinsui Taipei by Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo was opened.
Hotel Gracery Naha was opened.
Hotel Gracery Kyoto Sanjyo North was opened.
Kourin restaurant was opened in Taipei.


Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu was opened.
Hotel Gracery Kyoto Sanjyo South was opened.


Hotel Gracery Asakusa was opened.
Glamping Fuji no Kirameki was opened.
Hotel Gracery Seoul was opened.
Nordisk Village Goto Islands was opened.


Hotel Gracery Osaka Namba was opened.
Eiheiji Hakujukan was opened.
HOTEL TAVINOS Hamamatsucho was opened.
Isoras Cikarang was opened.