Green Destinations 2023

Hakone Town has been selected as the part of the Green Destinations Top 100 Stories list for the second consecutive year.

The Green Destinations Top 100 Stories is an annual competition that collects and celebrates initiatives from destinations globally, inspiring responsible tourism leadership.

The Green Destinations Top 100 Stories is an annual competition that invites GPS(good practice stories) on sustainable tourism initiatives from tourist destinations around the world and selects 100 regions that have received high evaluation.
The entries were recognized for Hakone Town’s promotion toward becoming an “Environmentally Advanced Tourism Destination – Hakone” and the fact that the town, residents, and businesses have connected and moved as ALL Hakone through the management of the Hakone DMO (Hakone Tourism Association) tourism destination.

As a good practice story, Hakone Town’s effort in promoting universal tourism, particularly through the creation of the ‘Hakone Wheelchair Accessible Sightseeing Map’ booklet, resulted in its selection as one of the TOP100 stories. The recognition is anticipated to enhance Hakone Town’s international reputation and contribute to the establishment of a welcoming tourist destination, emphasizing comfort for all travelers.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC®) is managing the GSTC Criteria, global standards for sustainable travel and tourism;
as well as providing international accreditation for sustainable tourism Certification Bodies. Green Destinations is GSTC-Accredited.