The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

The Lobby and Entrance Complex of Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel, at the Meiji Mura Museum.

The Lobby and Entrance Complex of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel, at the Meiji Mura Museum.

The Imperial Hotel is THE grande dame of the hospitality scene in Tokyo. It was built in the Meiji Era – the first Western-style hotel in Japan, built to cater to European visitors. It opened in 1890 but unfortunately, burnt down in a fire in 1922.

The second Imperial Hotel was the iconic one. It was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923 in an exuberant Mayan style. It played host to royalty, heads of state, celebrities and writers, and was a major destination in its own right. It famously withstood the Great Kanto Earthquake the year it was opened.

Unfortunately, as a result of development pressure, the hotel was demolished in 1967, and a third Imperial Hotel – a high-rise tower – was built, 17 years later, in 1985.  Thankfully, the original lobby and entrance hall of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hotel was preserved and now stands in the Meiji Mura Museum in Inuyama.

This gallery pays tribute to both Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel, as well as today’s high-rise hotel.

The first Imperial Hotel (Public Domain).

The first Imperial Hotel (Public Domain).

The plan of the second Imperial Hotel.

The plan of the second Imperial Hotel.

Archival view of the second Imperial Hotel.

Archival view of the second Imperial Hotel.

Entrance to the Second Imperial Hotel.

Entrance to the Second Imperial Hotel.

Lobby of the SEcond Imperial Hotel.

Lobby of the SEcond Imperial Hotel.

Lobby to the Second Imperial Hotel.

Lobby to the Second Imperial Hotel.

Detail of the Mayan design in the Second Imperial Hotel.

Detail of the Mayan design in the Second Imperial Hotel.

The Imperial Hotel today, across from Hibiya Park.

The Imperial Hotel today, across from Hibiya Park.

Imperial Hotel Exterior

View on a sunny day.

Entrance to the Imperial Hotel today.

Entrance to the Imperial Hotel today.

Lobby of the Imperial Hotel.

Lobby of the Imperial Hotel.

The Reception Area.

The Reception Area.

Dining Area.

Lobby Lounge.

Tribute to the Lloyd Wright's Imperia; Hotel.

Tribute to the Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel.

Imperial Hotel Room

Interior of a guest room.

Imperial Hotel View

View from the window of the guest room towards the Imperial Palace grounds.

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About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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