Karuizawa, c. 1920.
Mikasa Hotel, Karuizawa, c. 1920.
“Play Ground in Karuizawa”, c. 1930.
“Mampei Hotel traces its origins to the Kameya Inn, founded in 1764 to accommodate travelers passing through Karuizawa [on the Nakasendo highway]. In 1894, inspired by the patronage of Canadian missionaries, Mampei Sato transformed the hostelry into Karuizawa’s first Western-style hotel.
“Through his experience with overseas guests, Mampei learned that warm hospitality and dedicated service transcended language barriers. To this day the classic hotel lives by its founder’s credo： ‘Hospitality, from the heart, is what makes a truly great hotel.'”
– Mampei Hotel website