Today, I had a chance to go to the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, one of the best hotels in Japan. It is one of the oldest western-style hotels which started the service in 1890. I had tea in Randez-Vous Lounge on the first floor so I will share the photo of the lounge.
If you recognise whose design the above signboard of the hotel arcade, you know architects very well. It is a design of Frank Lloyd Wright. Why FLW in this hotel?
The hotel opened in 1890 but it was burnt due to the fire in 1919. After that, they decided to ask Frank Lloyd Wright to build a new hotel. The most famous American architect visited Tokyo and designed the hotel. Four years later the new hotel opened. That building survived the great earthquake that hit Tokyo in 1923 which of course delighted FLW. The building was partially destroyed during the war but rebuilt after the war. Sadly and unfortunately, it had to be demolished in 1967 because it became too small and they needed larger building. Also, they needed more earthquake-resistant building.
The front part of the first floor of the Imperial Hotel was then removed to Meiji-mura in Aichi Prefecture where they collected old architecture throughout Japan. The very top photo in this post is the Imperial Hotel that FLW designed which is now in Meiji-mura.
Here are several photos of inside of this building. You can feel good old days of the hotel.
Address: 1-1 Uchisaiwaicho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Meiji-mura: 1 Uchiyama, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture
How to get there