Okura Tokyo Hotel Reopens Following $1 Billion Makeover

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 September 2019
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Tokyo at night

Tokyo at night

The Okura Tokyo reopened its doors to guests after being rebuilt from the ground up in a $1 billion renovation project.

Then known as the Hotel Okura Tokyo, the property, which closed its doors in August 2015, is a 1960s hotel that has hosted every U.S. president since Richard Nixon and that has been the site of several international summits.

The hotel, which had two wings, was completely rebuilt over the four-year period.

The new structure also has two wings, the Okura Heritage Wing, a 17-story classical Japanese hotel, and the41-story Okura Prestige Tower.  The Yamazato Japanese restaurant will reopen in the Heritage Wing as will the Chosho-an tea ceremony room.  Combined, the two wings will offer a total of 508 guestrooms.

The lobbies of both wings and several of the restaurants were designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, son of the designer of the original hotel’s iconic lobby, Yoshiro Taniguchi.  The designer reused much of the original décor from the old main building’s lobby, which was considered a Japanese modernist masterpiece.

The Okura Museum of Art, which was established in 1917 as the country’s first private art museum, is in a new building as well, and houses a collection of over 2,500 works of art.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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