Following his encounter with a foreign visitor to Japan (Dr. James Curtis Hepburn, creator of the Hepburn system of romanization for the Japanese language), Nikko Kanaya Hotel founder Zenichiro Kanaya opens a part of his residence as accommodations for foreign guests under the name “Cottage Inn.” This not only marked the beginning of the Kanaya family's foray into the hotel industry, but also triggered the Japanese hotel industry as a whole.
English writer Isabella Bird stays at the Cottage Inn, which she mentions in her work Unbeaten Tracks in Japan.
Zenichiro Kanaya's first son Shinichi is born.
Zenichiro Kanaya's second son Shozo is born.
Zenichiro Kanaya's first daughter Tama is born.
Nikko Kanaya Hotel opens with two floors and thirty rooms. The first meeting of the Hotel Friendship Association is held, which will eventually lead to the establishment of the Japan Hotel Association.
New wing built at the Nikko Kanaya Hotel. Ballroom and guest rooms are expanded.
Tama Kanaya gives birth to first son Senji on August 22.
Shinichi Kanaya purchases fourteen Ford automobiles for guest car services; takes the opportunity to found an automobile company, dramatically changing the face of transit in Nikko.
Shozo Kanaya becomes managing director of the Hakone Fujiya Hotel after marrying into the Yamaguchi family; appointed president in 1943.
To coincide with the opening of the Tobu Railway from Tokyo's Asakusa district to Nikko, construction begins on a vast, 76,000 square meter hotel.
The family establishes Kanaya Hotel Co., Ltd., with Shinichi Kanaya as president.
The Kinugawa Onsen Hotel is opened as the Nikko Kanaya Hotel's Kinugawa Onsen branch, with Tama Kanaya's husband, Masanari, becoming the first general manager.
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel is destroyed in a fire.
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel is rebuilt at the family's expense.
Senji Kanaya's first son Teruo is born.
The Kinugawa Onsen Hotel Company is established as an independent offshoot of the Kanaya Hotel Company, with Senji Kanaya as president.
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel is destroyed in a fire, but rebuilt the following year.
Upon its opening, Hotel New Japan appoints Senji Kanaya as managing director.
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel Co. moves head office to Tokyo in order to expand operations in the metropolitan area.
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel Co. renamed to Kanaya Hotel Tourism Co.
Ten-story head office building is completed in Tokyo's Roppongi district in April; Western-style restaurant, Seiyo Zendokoro John Kanaya Azabu, opens in the building.
Hiroyuki Sakai becomes first head chef.
Teruo Kanaya's first son Joji is born.
English-style pub John Kanaya opens in the head office building.
Teruo Kanaya becomes president of Kanaya Hotel Tourism Co.
Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel opens.
A ten-year-long renovation of the Kinugawa Onsen Hotel begins.
Common baths made from ancient Japanese cypress installed in the Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel.
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel renovation completed; women's bath, outdoor bath, and all-season indoor heated pool added.
Seiyo Zendokoro John Kanaya Azabu closes to the disappointment of many celebrities.
Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel is renovated. Club floor is added.
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel renovated over two construction periods, under the theme of “bringing people together through travel.”
Joji Kanaya becomes president of Kanaya Hotel Tourism Co.
Massive two-month renovation begins on April 17.
Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel reopens as “John Kanaya's beloved 'Villa in the Valley.'”