Keio Plaza Hotel

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Keio Plaza Hotel
Keio Plaza Hotel -01.jpg
General information
Location 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°41′24″N 139°41′40″E / 35.689879°N 139.694447°E / 35.689879; 139.694447
Opening 1971
Technical details
Floor count 47
Other information
Number of rooms 1,450
Website
http://www.keioplaza.co.jp/

Keio Plaza Hotel (京王プラザホテル, Keiō puraza hoteru) is a chain of hotels in Japan, the largest of which is its flagship hotel in the Nishi-Shinjuku district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The Keio Plaza Hotel was partially destroyed in the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla and the 1991 film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.

Locations[edit]

Tokyo[edit]

Keio Plaza Hotel was the first skyscraper built in Nishi-Shinjuku and the first high-rise hotel in Japan.[1] The 1,450-room hotel is a re-development project on the site where a water purification plant (Yodobashi Purification Plant) formerly existed.

The hotel consists of two towers. The first tower is 178 metres tall and was completed on June 1971; it was the tallest building in Tokyo from 1970 until 1974, when it was surpassed by the nearby Shinjuku Sumitomo Building. The second tower is 138 metres tall and construction was finished in November 1980. In 1975 the hotel opened the first hotel chapel in Japan.[2]

In the early 1980s, the Japanese government planned to lease a corner of the hotel's rooftop for sublease to the United States Forces Japan, officially for the purpose of relaying television transmissions between Yokota Air Base and the Hardy Barracks in central Tokyo. Japanese Communist Party lawmaker Koichiro Ueda alleged that the real purpose of the plan was to facilitate communications with US military strategic planners based in central Tokyo.[3]

The hotel hosts the annual Miss Nippon contest. It made an appearance in the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla, where it was damaged by Godzilla.

Other locations[edit]

Keio Plaza also operated a hotel in Takamatsu from 1976 to 1997, and has an affiliate relationship with the Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei.[4]

Corporate management[edit]

Keio Plaza Hotel Co., Ltd. was formed in 1968 as a division of the Keio Electric Railway.[4] It operates the Keio Plaza Hotel properties in Tokyo, Hachioji and Tama, and has operating income of around 28.4 billion yen.[5]

Keio Plaza was branded as part of InterContinental Hotels from 1972 to 2003, and subsequently joined the Summit Hotels & Resorts group.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watanabe, Hiroshi (2001). The Architecture of Tokyo: An Architectural History in 571 Individual Presentations. Edition Axel Menges. p. 147. ISBN 9783930698936. 
  2. ^ "ホテルの歴史". 京王プラザホテル. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  3. ^ Ueda, Koichiro. "質問主意書: 第102回国会(常会)". House of Councillors, The National Diet of Japan. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  4. ^ a b c "沿革". 京王プラザホテル. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  5. ^ "会社情報". Keio Plaza Hotel Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
Records
Preceded by
World Trade Center Building
Tallest building in Japan
180 m (589 ft)
1971–1974
Succeeded by
Shinjuku Sumitomo Building
Tallest building in Tokyo
180 m (589 ft)
1971–1974