Gamagori Hotel, Gamagori, c. 1940.

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“Stately Western-style hotel with ubiquitous Japanese-style roof and entrance, built in 1934. On the seafront at the harbor town of Gamagori, in Aichi Prefecture. Well cared for, with beautifully tended lawns and a real teahouse.”

Classic Japanese Inns and Country Getaways, by Margaret Price, 1999

Gamagori Hotel, Gamagori, c. 1940.

“There is one [hotel] which every foreign visitor tries to stay at. This is the Gamagori. It is the perfect blend of the Swiss chalet and the rustic American or Canadian log cabin. It is neither too large to give the impression of being a glorified barracks, nor too small to make it impossible to choose your friends there.

“I said that it has something of the Swiss chalet about it. This is true to a degree in many of the Japanese resort hotels, since Japan resembles Switzerland so much, and in the matter of first-rate hotel service the Japanese are rivals of the experienced Swiss.”

“Japan’s Hotels and Hospitality”, Travel in Japan, Vol. 4. No. 4, 1938

Aerial view of Gamagori town, c. 1940.

“Gamagori is located in the middle of Japan, on the island of Honshu. It is believed that people settled here approximately 8,500 years ago. The area has many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. A seaside resort, Gamagori lies between the Atsumi and Chita Peninsulas. The climate is mild. It rains less than 10% of the year. Even if it snows, the snow rarely settles.”

From Japan with Love, by Mary A. (Kiddie) Ruggieri, 2007

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