Sustainable Tourism

The Hakone area is also part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and was designated as a Japanese Geopark in 2012. This status was awarded on account of the unique topography, its diverse flora and fauna, and distinctive culture that incorporate local industries.

Moreover, Hakone is also one of the best known of tourist destinations. At its peak, it welcomes some 20 million visitors.

Within this existing parameter, sustainable tourism, aims to protect the natural environment of each area, thereby revitalizing the tourist industry, and also to improve the quality of life of local residents.


It is our firm intention to maintain and enhance the guidelines of Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for Destinations, JSTD-D, as well as of a certifying body of International standards of sustainable tourism, known as Green Destination. To this end, every effort is being made toward achieving the above-mentioned certification.


* JSTS-D takes into account the specific Japanese characteristic in all details that comply with the international standard for sustainable tourism for tourist destinations, “GSTC-D (Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations)”.

Hakone will continue to strive for tourist destinations that reflect sustainable tourist management, while also working to international certification standards.

We track the participation of local stakeholders in GSTC-approved training programs.
This year we had a GSTC-approved training program and 12 people completed the training

GSTC-approved training program

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