The Origin of Gen


In Japanese, the kanji 源 “Gen” means “source” and/or “origin”. It is also the kanji of the last name of Minamoto no Yoritomo, first ruler of the Kamakura Shogunate. “Gen Hotel” is located on a piece of land that belonged to the first ruling family of the Kamakura era, which is one of the reasons why we chose the name “origin”. A well, used to “source” water, was also found in the foundations of the hotel, making the word “Gen” a perfect match to welcome our guests where it all started and allow them to refresh themselves.

History of Kamakura


The historical relevance of Kamakura started when the first military government was established and Kamakura became the center of Japan (Kamakura period, 1185 – 1333). Unlike the aristocratic culture centered around Kyoto, a distinct warrior culture flourished here. Soon after the fall of the Kamakura Shogunate, the center of the country reverted back to Kyoto, which caused Kamakura to experience a temporary decline. However, in the Edo period (1603-1867), temples and shrines experienced a revival, and became renowned tourism destinations. In the modern era, Kamakura became renowned throughout the country as a villas and resorts area, as well as a gathering place for intellectuals. Today, it is one of Japan’s leading tourism destinations, where people of various nationalities, ages and genders gather. Travelers looking for a unique Japan experience often choose Kamakura as a must-see destination.

About Gen Hotel


The hotel is located on land associated with the ancient Hojo family. Leveraging modern technology, we have optimized space management efficiency and created a luxurious atmosphere within a compact living space consisting of 15 rooms, accentuating the rich historical background of the hotel’s location. On-site, where the residence of Minamoto no Yoritomo’s brother-in-law, Hojo Tokifusa, once stood, a traditional Japanese ‘torii’ gate, an ‘Inari’ shrine, and a well have been faithfully replicated to match their original forms.  We hope that you will enjoy the “GEN HOTEL” experience where history blends with new technology.


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Gen Hotel Kamakura

〒248-0005 Kanagawa, Kamakura, Yukinoshita,

1−8−36 Tsutaya Building 2F, 3F

+81 4 6750 0777