Hotel Okura Tokyo

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Hotel Okura Tokyo
Hotel Okura 1 (2006.05).jpg
Hotel Okura Tokyo, original 1962 Main Wing, seen in 2006
General information
Location Tokyo, Japan
Address 2-10-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku
Opening May 20, 1962[1]
Management Okura Hotels
Other information
Number of rooms 796
Website
Official website

Hotel Okura Tokyo (ホテルオークラ東京 Hoteru Ōkura Tōkyō?) is a 796-room luxury hotel opened in 1962 in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is operated by Okura Hotels and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

History[edit]

The hotel consists of the 408-room Main Wing, opened on May 20, 1962,[2] and the 388-room South Wing, opened on November 26, 1973.[3] The hotel is located near the United States Embassy in the Akasaka area, and has hosted every President of the United States since Richard Nixon, as well as numerous other foreign heads of state.[4] The South Wing can be cut off from the rest of the building to serve as lodging for reporters and logistics aides, while using the penthouse "Imperial Suite" as high-security VIP lodging.[5]

The hotel has also been the site of several major international summits and has also provided catering to international summits held off-site.[6] In 1976 JVC chose the Okura Hotel for the launch of the world's first VHS videocassette recorder.

The hotel grounds also host the Okura Museum of Art, which houses a collection of Japanese and East-Asian Art amassed by industrialist Ōkura Kihachirō.

Reconstruction[edit]

The original Main Wing will close in August 2015 for demolition. During that time only the South Tower will operate. Following a $980 million construction project, the new Main Wing will open in spring 2019, in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It be a mixed-use tower with 550 hotel rooms and 18 stories of office space.[7]

These plans have been met with dismay by travel journalists, like Tyler Brûlé, who called the original "a masterpiece" and "one of the most loved modernist hotels in the world".[8] Others have lamented the irony of the iconic building and its "Orchid Bar" being demolished at a time when shows like Mad Men have made the modernistic style of the 1960s highly fashionable again.[9]

In fiction[edit]

It appears in Haruki Murakami's novel 1Q84.

In Ian Fleming's novel You Only Live Twice, James Bond stays at the Okura while in Tokyo.

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Coordinates: 35°40′0.9″N 139°44′38.5″E / 35.666917°N 139.744028°E / 35.666917; 139.744028