The Origin of Gen
In Japanese Kanji, “Gen” means “source” and “origin”. It is also the last name of Minamotono Yoritomo, first ruler of the Kamakura Shogunate. Many aspects link “Gen Hotel” with the meaning of the word “Gen”, including the land has the strong connection with the “origin” of the Kamakura era as well as the excavation of a well in the foundations of the hotel, which represents “water source”.
History of Kamakura
The history of Kamakura started when the first samurai government was established and Kamakura became the center of Japan. The aristocratic culture at the time had initially selected Kyoto as their capital and soon after the fall of the Kamakura Shogunate, the center of the country returned back to Kyoto, which caused Kamakura to experience a temporarily decline. However, in the Edo period, temples and shrines have revived and became known as tourist destinations. In our modern era, it has become known throughout the country as a resort and villa spot, and a place where intellectuals gather. Today, it is one of Japan’s leading touristic destination where people of various nationalities, ages and genders gather. Travelers looking for a unique Japan experience often choose Kamakura.。
About Gen Hotel
The hotel is located on the land noted in connection with Hojo family. By utilizing technology, we have maximized our efficiency and created a luxurious atmosphere within a compact living space of 15 rooms which magnify the rich history behind the location of the hotel. On the site, where the residence of Minamotono Yoritomo’s brother-in-law, Hojo Tokifusa, was located, a torii and an inari (a traditional Japanese gate) and a well have been replicated to match their original forms. We hope that you will enjoy the “GEN HOTEL” experience where history blends with new technology.
“Gen Hotel Grand Opening Campaign!
We will give out our Gen hotel original tote bag to the first 100 guests who made a reservation. A special present for first come first serve!