The Gohra Hotel was built in 1939, designed by architect Shigeoka Kiichi. Requisitioned by Allied forces during the Occupation of Japan (1945-1952) the Gohra served as a retreat for U.S. Forces Japan from 1945-1973, until it was returned to its original owners. Located in the village of Gora in Hakone National Park, Hakone Gohra Hotel continues to operate as a premier resort after nearly eight decades.
It was one of many R&R retreats that Special Services of the Japan Logistical Command (a subordinate command of GHQ Far East Command) operated during the Occupation for the benefit of U.S. personnel and dependents. After the Occupation ended and the Japan Logistical Command was disbanded, responsibilities for R&R were assigned to the U.S. Army Forces, Far East. which continued to operate the hotel until 1973 when the Gohra was returned to civilian Japanese ownership.
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