Founder Kuranosuke Akao is born in Atami City in Shizuoka Prefecture
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.
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.
Akao Inn opens. The building is two stories tall with twelve guest rooms, and is located in Shiomicho, Atami.
Akao Hotel begins operations
Company purchases the site of Nishikiga-Ura. Employees begin by cleaning the area.
Business begins at Hotel New Akao, a 20-story steel-reinforced building with 250 guest rooms.
A walkway is completed from the hotel to the “nishiki-tei” pavilion
The Ougizaki observation deck is completed
Main Dining Nishiki and Nishikizaki Garden is completed
Beach Resort Sogaura begins operations *Now Akao Beach Resort
Soga Forest and Nature Park begins operations *Now Akao Herb & Rose Garden
A walking path along the freeway connects Nishikiga-Ura and the Herb Garden
Opening of Royal Wing, a 12-story steel-reinforced building with 100 guest rooms.