In regards to the earthquake on March 11, 2011, fortunately, there was no human suffering or significant damage to buildings, etc. in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring. The transportation system has also returned to normal. In addition, Tochigi Prefecture and Nikko City, site of the Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring, announced a "Declaration of Safety of Tourism" with respect to radiation, and we are able to provide safe and reliable "water/air/food" and welcome overseas visitors.
The Kinugawa/Kawaji-onsen Tourist Association, in the hopes of seeing a return of foreign visitors, held a “Nikko-Kinugawa Hot Spring Tour for Embassies in Japan” targeting ambassadors and embassy staff based in Japan from May 25, 2011 to May 26, 2011. The purpose of the tour was to demonstrate the safety of the Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring area and provide reassurance to those considering a visit by having participants see the actual situation and thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the area's fresh greenery firsthand.
63 people from 20 countries in the world participated in the tour and stayed at Kinugawa Hot Spring after visiting Nikko. The participants also enjoyed the Tobu World Square and EDO WONDERLAND in the Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring area. In addition, Hiroshi Mizohata, Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency, Tomikazu Fukuda, Governor of Tochigi Prefecture, Fumio Saito, Mayor of Nikko City, and Satoshi Fujisawa, President of Ashikaga Bank made welcoming remarks at a reception dinner held on the first night.
We received excellent feedback from many participants such as “it was beautiful” and “we would like to let people in my country know about the wonderful time they can spend in Nikko“.