History

1927

Founder Kuranosuke Akao is born in Atami City in Shizuoka Prefecture

1933

Akao takes a field trip in his first year of elementary school to Nishikiga-Ura, the nearly one-kilometer bold cliff area where Akao Resort now stands. He is struck by its beauty.


1945

After World War II, Kuranosuke Akao returns from his position as an apprentice pilot in the old Japanese navy and revisits Nishikiga-Ura, where he is now shocked by its ruined state. He continues visiting Nishikiga-Ura almost every day.

At 26, Kuranosuke Akao marries a young woman who works as a dried fish seller at Atami Station and takes out loans to open his company, Akao Shouten. Business thrives, and in just one year the company earns 15 times the amount of the loans (\5,000,000 at the time).

But Akao did not only want to make money. He wanted to create an enterprise that he could devote his life to, even if it meant working incredibly hard. Atami hot springs were in the middle of a revival at this time, and Akao set his sights on the inn and hotel business. Soon, he decided to leave Akao Shouten to open a Japanese Inn.

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1954

Akao Inn opens. The building is two stories tall with twelve guest rooms, and is located in Shiomicho, Atami.

1961

Akao Hotel begins operations

1963

Company purchases the site of Nishikiga-Ura. Employees begin by cleaning the area.

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1973

Business begins at Hotel New Akao, a 20-story steel-reinforced building with 250 guest rooms.

1976

A walkway is completed from the hotel to the “nishiki-tei” pavilion

1977

The Ougizaki observation deck is completed

1978

Main Dining Nishiki and Nishikizaki Garden is completed

1982

Beach Resort Sogaura begins operations *Now Akao Beach Resort

1988

Soga Forest and Nature Park begins operations *Now Akao Herb & Rose Garden

1990

A walking path along the freeway connects Nishikiga-Ura and the Herb Garden

1994

Opening of Royal Wing, a 12-story steel-reinforced building with 100 guest rooms.

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