Trips to Japan in which you can fully enjoy the expressions of each season

Feel the “country of cherry blossoms” in a cherry garden in metropolitan Tokyo

Spring is the season of cherry blossoms. Although it is fun to visit famous cherry blossom spots throughout Japan, the cherry blossoms in metropolitan Tokyo are no less beautiful. Many cherry trees produce beautiful flowers, so many that even Japanese people are surprised. The greatest among them are the cherry blossoms in the garden of “Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo”. The garden was created in the 19th century by a high-ranking government official, and covers a large area of approximately 66,000㎡. Spring water flows through the forest-like garden as the birds sing. It offers you the opportunity to luxuriously relax and view the garden adorned with cherry blossoms as much as you desire.

If you desire to actively enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo, then “Shinjuku Washington Hotel” is recommended for you. You can either enjoy a magnificent view from one of the observatories of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building adjacent to the hotel or walk to Shinjuku Gyoen, which is a particularly popular spot for cherry blossoms in Tokyo. You can also visit sightseeing spots in Tokyo, taking advantage of the good location situated close to Shinjuku Station.

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Address:10-8, Sekiguchi 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: Take the Toei Bus bound for Shinjuku-Eki-Nishiguchi from JR Mejiro Station and get off at “Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Mae”

Shinjuku Gyoen

Address:11 Naito-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access:10 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station South Exit

Shinjuku Washington Hotel

Address:3-2-9 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: Eight minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station South Exit

Blow away the summer heat with hot springs and summer festivals, specialties of Japan

Hot springs and summer festivals change summer heat into fun. The hot springs amusement park, “Hakone Kowakien Yunessun”, is particularly unique even in Japan, a country famous for hot springs – you can enter the baths while wearing your swimsuit. Various types of baths with entertainment elements are available, such as the indoor spa, “The God’s Aegean Sea”, the outdoor spa, “Rodeo Mountain”, which blends in with the surrounding nature, the “Wine Spa” and the “Coffee Spa”. After spending time enjoying yourself, relax in “HOTEL HAKONE KOWAKI-EN”, surrounded by the forests of Hakone.

If you would like to taste the thrill of a lively festival in Japan, “Hakata Gion Yamakasa” in Fukuoka is recommended for you. The main attraction of the festival, which has over 700 years of history, is the huge floats (yamakasa) decorated with statues of military commander or other items. The Hikiyama floats, carried by men in happi coats, draw the audience into the frenzy of excitement. Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel is a hotel located in the home of the Yamakasa festival. It is located inside the commercial complex, Canal City Hakata, where you can enjoy meals or shopping, and allows you the pleasures of travel, including sightseeing, gourmet foods and shopping all at once.

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

Address:1297 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Access:Take the Odakyu Line (Limited Express “Romancecar”) from JR Shinjuku Station and get off at Hakoneyumoto Station. Take the Hakone Tozan Bus or Izu-Hakone Bus from Hakoneyumoto and get off at Kowakien

Hakata Gion Yamakasa

Address:Kushida Shrine 1-41, Kamikawabata-Machi, Hakata-Ku, Fukuoka-City, Fukuoka, and others
Access:Five minutes on foot from the subway Nakasu-Kawabata or Gion Stations

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel

Address:1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Access:Approx. 10 minutes on foot from JR Hakata Station Hakata Gate

Appreciate a “brocade” of autumn colors near a World Heritage Site

There is an expression in Japanese, “momiji no nishiki (brocade of autumn colors)”. Brocade is a type of colorful and gorgeous silk fabric. The beauty of the subtly gradated autumn colors is a masterpiece produced by nature. If you would like to appreciate the autumn colors in Japan, then Kyoto is the best place to visit. In particular, the garden of Nijo Castle, registered as a World Heritage Site, is a famous garden and a special place of scenic beauty designated by the Japanese government, and it is especially beautiful in the season of autumn colors. The “Kyoto Kokusai Hotel” is perfectly situated right in front of Nijo Castle. The view of Kyoto below your gaze will give you the feel of autumn of Japan.

If you would like to enjoy autumn in an ancient city, then Nara is the place for you. The World Heritage Site, Kofukuji Temple, famed for its five storied pagoda, which is a national treasure, and its surrounding area is one of the sights to see. If you stay at Hotel Fujita Nara, located reasonably close to Kofukuji Temple, the autumn colors are just a short stroll away.

Momijidani Park in Miyajima, the location of Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site, is also famous for beautiful autumn colors. In the park, there are approximately 200 trees of varying types with leaves that change colors in autumn, creating a beautiful contrast with the primeval forest behind them. An accommodation that is perfect not only for Miyajima sightseeing, but for sightseeing inside Hiroshima City is “Hiroshima Washington Hotel”, scheduled to open on October 10, 2013. You might be the first customer to enjoy the excellent amenities, including WiFi connections in all rooms.

Nijo Castle

Address:541 Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Access:Take City Bus Routes 9, 50 or 101 from JR Kyoto Station and get off at Nijojo-mae Station

Kofukuji Temple

Address:48 Nobori-ooji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara
Access:Take the Nara Kotsu Bus City Loop Line from JR Nara Station and get off at Kencho-mae bus stop

Momijidani Park

Address:Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima
Access:Get off the train at JR Miyajimaguchi Station, take a ferry to Miyajima-sanbashi, and walk approximately 20 minutes

Kyoto Kokusai Hotel

Address:Nijo-jo-mae, Horikawa-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access:Take City Bus Routes 9 or 50 from JR Kyoto Station and get off at Nijojo-mae Station

Hotel Fujita Nara

Address:47-1 Shimo sanjo cho, Nara-shi, Nara
Access:Approx. 5 minute walk from JR Nara or Kintetsu Nara Stations

Hiroshima Washington Hotel

Address:Shintenchi, Nakaku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima
Access:Take Hiroshima Electric Railway from JR Hiroshima Station, get off at Hacchobori Station, and walk approx. 3 minutes

Dynamically enjoy winter at a world-class event

An accent of the four seasons of Japan is winter. In snowy regions such as Hokkaido or Tohoku, snow festivals are held, and the best of all snow festivals in terms of publicity and scale is the Sapporo Snow Festival. Snow statues are made by piling up and carving out snow, varying in size from large statues over 15m to small statues with a height of about 2m, and they are very impressive. The festival attracts over 2,000,000 visitors as an international event with participants from other countries as well.
An accommodation that has the best access to the main site, Odori Park, is “Hotel Gracery Sapporo”. The hotel has convenient access to public transportation, being directly connected to Sapporo Station, allowing guests to enjoy the evening illumination at the festival site until late without worry.

Sapporo Snow Festival

Address:Through Nishi 1 chōme, Ōdōri to Nishi 12 chōme, Ōdōri, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Telephone:011-211-3341 (The Sapporo Snow Festival Executive Committee)
Access:Take the Subway Tozai Line from JR Sapporo Station and get off at Odori Park Station

Hotel Gracery Sapporo

Address: 4-1, Kita 4 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Access:1 minute walk from JR Sapporo Station

©2013 SENDAI PAGEANT OF STARLIGHT Executive Committee

One of the features of winter in Sendai, known as the City of Trees, is the “Sendai Pageant of Starlight.” Approximately 160 zelkova trees that line the street are lit up, creating a dreamy scene and capturing viewers’ hearts. “Sendai Washington Hotel,” opening on December 17, is the perfect location for viewing this event, as it is located very close to Sendai Station.

Sendai Pageant of Starlight

Address: Jozenji-dori, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Telephone: 022-261-6515 (Sendai Pageant of Starlight Executive Committee)
Access: Take Subway Namboku Line bound for Izumi-chuo Station, get off at Kotodai Koen Station, and walk for approximately one minute.
Period: December 6 (Fri.) – 31 (Tue.), 2013
Time: 17:30 – 23:00 (until 24:00 on the 31st)

Sendai Washington Hotel

Address: 4-10-8 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Telephone: 022-745-2222
Access: Three minutes on foot from Sendai Station West Exit

Aiming to provide services that start with “Yes”

Fujita Kanko Inc. is a tourism enterprise that represents Japan, which operates a number of hotels, including the ones introduced above, restaurants, wedding centers and golf courses. It is our goal to offer a place for healthy relaxation, refreshment and heartfelt services in each facility. We cling to a customer-first service principle and pursue “services that start with ‘Yes'”, “food that starts with ‘delicious'”, and “facilities that start with ‘comfortable'”.