Gamagori Hotel, Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, c. 1940.

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Gamagori Hotel, Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, c. 1940. The hotel opened in 1934 on the seafront of the harbor town of Gamagori, in Aichi Prefecture.

“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

Gamagori Hotel & Tokiwakan, Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, c. 1940.

“The Kamagori (Gamagori) Hotel, newly constructed on a hill overlooking the islet-studded Ise Bay, is up-to-date in every respect, and offers superior cuisine and excellent accommodation for visitors.

“Externally the hotel somewhat resembles an old feudal castle, blending perfectly with the Japanese landscape gardens in which it stands.

“The view from the Hotel is singularly impressive. At the foot of the hill stretch golden sands, where a long bridge leads to a small rockbound island, densely clothed with gnarled pine trees and surmounted by a picturesque temple. Seawards one looks out over the vast waters of Ise Bay whilst on the landward side lie fertile plains bounded by verdant hills.”

Japan Handbook: Information for Visitors, Cook’s and Wagon-Lit World Travel Service, 1935

Gamagori Hotel seen from Takeshima, c. 1930.

“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

Aerial view of Gamagori town, c. 1940.

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