The Jungfrau region that stretches from Interlaken is an alpine resort that models Switzerland’s
well known Alpine Resorts. Grindelwald is most famous sightseeing place among the Japanese travelers in this region.
The village is situated in the foot of the famous Eiger Mountain (3970m), Wetterhorn Mountain (3692m)
and Monch Mountain (4099m). The altitude of the village is 1,034 meters and the population is about 3,750 people.
The origin of the name comes from the Celts who resided in that location long before.
Grindelwald means “macadam and forest,” in the Celtic language. It is assumed that the valley
was formed and opened by a retreating glacier. The scenery was created by that ice moraine
from the glacier and mixed with the forest, thereby bringing life to the valley.
Grindelwald was first introduced to the Japanese, Isuke Tsujimura, in his diary of traveling through
Switzerland in the 3rd year of the Taisho Era (1914). In 1921 Aritsune Maki, who was a
Japanese Alpinist, was the first person to climb the East Ridge of Mt. Eiger that is called Mittellegi Ridge,
with a local mountain guide. After they accomplished the climb the village cerebrated with fireworks.
After Maki’s success, Samitaro Uramatsu became the first to climb Mt. Wettarholn, (The East Ridge).
Soon after that Saburo Matsukata, Kyuzo Hujiki, Jiro Taguchi and even Prince Chichibunomiya visited
Grindelwald for mountain climbing.
Grindelwald village established a sister city relationship with the old Azumi village,
based on their similar landscapes, on April 20, 1972. After Azumi village merged with Matsumoto City
on April 1, 2005, the relation continues with Matsumoto City.