- Iriomote Hotel
Hoshino Resorts Iriomote Hotel aims to become Japan’s first Ecotourism hotel
- Iriomote Hotel
“Hoshino Resorts Iriomote Hotel,” located in the Iriomote Ishigaki National Park, aims to become Japan’s first ecotourism hotel in order to protect the natural environment and to create a structure for sustainable tourism. As part of this project, we will commit to the following 3 initiatives starting this spring: ecological hotel management, nature tours to feel the value and charms of the island, conservation of the Iriomote wildcats. With the use of knowledge obtained through environmental management, Hoshino Resorts will build a structure for sustainable tourism on Iriomote Island.
Hoshino Resorts, the operator of the Iriomote Hotel, is focused on environmental management. In November 2011, the Karuizawa office was the first in the hotel industry to achieve zero emissions*1. Even now, about 70% of energy is being produced on-site using the following machinery: hydroelectric power generator, geothermal heat utilization equipment, and hot spring heat-waste utilization equipment. In addition, “Picchio,” a group of experts on forest creatures, organizes nature tours with a theme of the increasing the value of forests. By using the knowledge gained through initiatives at Karuizawa, we aimed to become Japan’s first ecotourism hotel with a structure for sustainable tourism.
*1 Waste produced during operations are eliminated to zero by incineration or addition to landfill = 100% Recycling Rate
3 initiatives to become Japan’s first ecotourism hotel
1.Ecological hotel management
At Hoshino Resorts, facilities in Japan operate in a way to reduce environmental burden, and efforts to reduce plastic waste are part of this. Iriomote Hotel will aim for zero-emission by first incorporating “plastic bottle free stay” and “disposable plastic-free stay.” For example, we will discontinue plastic bottle waters in guest rooms, shops, and vending machines. A water dispenser will be available in the facility and guests will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles. For those without their own, there will be a rental service of water bottles. In addition, we will stop providing disposable amenities such as toothbrushes, combs, and shavers, and will also encourage guests to bring their own amenities. Items sold at the shops will use reusable plastics.
2.Nature tours to feel the value and charms of the island
One of the charms of the Iriomote Island is its biodiversity, where many endangered species and endemic species grow and inhabit including the Iriomote wildcats, a Special Natural Monument. It is selected as a candidate site for the World Natural Heritage, as it is recognized for its value. In order to protect the nature of the island, we will host nature tours in collaboration with a guide who has a love for nature. The tours can be set in the jungle, the coral reefs, or the rivers surrounded by mangroves and will be available all year round.
3.Conservation of the Iriomote wildcats
“Bear-dog” at Picchio in Karuizawa
As part of the conservation work of the endangered Iriomote wildcat, we will work to prevent roadkill. The headquarters for “Picchio” is located in Karuizawa and since March 2021, they have started activities on the island and will be in charge of this conservation project. At Karuizawa, they aim for successful coexistence between humans and bears, where they focus on the balance of “protecting the safety of humans” and “avoiding the extinction of wild bears.” “Picchio” continues to explore and practice ways to live together whilst keeping an appropriate distance. The know-how obtained will be used for Iriomote island. In addition to protecting the Iriomote wildcats, we will contribute to the conservation of biodiversity of the island. We will provide opportunities for guests to learn about roadkill during check-in and will prepare learning programs on the Iriomote wildcat and the nature of the island through the “Yamaneko School.” By acquiring correct knowledge, guests will be able to indirectly contribute to the prevention of roadkill.
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