Take Commemorative Photos with Red Mt. Fuji in a Kimono at Hakone Hotel Kowaki-en – Just an Hour Away from Tokyo!
Fujita Kanko Inc., Hakone Hotel Kowaki-en (Location: Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture; Manager: Yutaka Onda) has decided to launch a service that gives foreign visitors to the Hakone area the opportunity to experience a true sense of Japan.
You can wear a part of Japanese traditional culture, the kimono, and take commemorative photos against the background of an ukiyoe of red Mt. Fuji. (Photo: Business Wire)
With easy access from Tokyo in just one hour by train and bus, the hotel has been frequented by a great many foreign guests in recent years. With this in mind, the hotel has prepared a photo area where visitors can don a part of Japanese traditional culture, the kimono, and take commemorative photos against the background of an ukiyoe of red Mt. Fuji.
Red Mt. Fuji is considered an important symbol of good luck in Japan, so perhaps good fortune may be endowed upon thosetaking photos with it. Do not miss out on this special experience!
A room has also been specially set up for visitors to experience a number of Japan’s age-old traditional amusements such asorigami (paper folding), ayatori (string figures), koma (spinning tops), kendama (cup-and-ball game). These are presented with accompanying English explanations and illustrations, making them more amenable for visitors to give them a try.
In addition, for a limited time until March 10th, 2016, the hotel will be exhibiting a display of Hina Hanging Ornaments to coincide with the Momo no Sekku (Peach Blossom Festival) / Hina-Matsuri (Doll Festival).
At Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park visitors can admire one of Japan’s symbols, the cherry blossom, which is prolific across the Hakone area. The myriad of cherry blossom varieties here include Kawazu cherry blossoms, which flourish in the Izu region, followed by Somei Yoshino blossoms, a distinct species from Japanese native Yoshino cherry.
The differences in elevation in Hakone create an environment where cherry blossoms can be enjoyed for about a month. The transience of cherry blossoms, which bloom in a spectacular yet fleeting fashion, is reflected beautifully in the sensibilities of Japanese, making them the subject of numerous poetic songs in Japan.