The Tokyo Station Hotel

The Tokyo Station Hotel at night.

The Tokyo Station Hotel at night.

The other historic grand hotel in Tokyo – and the one I actually stayed at – is the Tokyo Station Hotel. The Tokyo Station opened its doors in 1914 – it was built by the same architect that designed the Bank of Japan building nearby, and it is a significant piece of late Meiji-era red brick architecture.

The Hotel opened for business a year later, in 1915 though it only gained its iconic status sometime in the ’50s and ’60s, having been severely affected by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, and then World War II.

The Hotel today is the product of an extensive restoration project that began in 2006. The new Tokyo Station Hotel re-opened in October 2012 and – the Imperial Hotel having been transformed into a contemporary high-rise structure in the 1980s – it is the only hotel remaining that retains a grand Old World air.

[It also explains why I chose to stay here, rather than at the Imperial Hotel.]

Located right at the very heart of Tokyo – in the Chiyoda precinct directly across from the Imperial Palace Complex, the Tokyo Station Hotel is THE place to be. One gets a very different perspective of the city, given that the vicinity in which the station is located is suffused with history and features the best specimens of Meiji and Taisho-era architecture.

The building itself is surreal and stunningly beautiful, appearing as if out of a Hayao Miyazaki anime in the middle of steel and concrete Central Tokyo. It is the fitting place from which to say goodbye to a year and a half of Grand Touring through the Far East.

The Tokyo Station in the daytime.

The Tokyo Station in the daytime.

Close-up of the Tokyo Station.

Close-up of the Tokyo Station. The Hotel occupies the upper floors of the entire structure. The Hotel’s entrance is to the right.

Entrance to the Hotel.

Entrance to the Hotel.

The Hotel Reception.

The Hotel Reception.

Archival view of the Tokyo Station.

Archival view of the Tokyo Station.

Fireplace...

Fireplace…

View of one of the domes of the Tokyo Station.

View of one of the domes of the Tokyo Station.

View from the Hotel down into the concourse of Tokyo station.

View from the Hotel down into the concourse of Tokyo station.

A light meal at the cafe.

A light meal at the cafe.

The Dining Room.

The Dining Room.

The spectacular bar looks like a 1920s gentleman's bar in Manhattan.

The spectacular bar looks like a 1920s gentleman’s bar in Manhattan.

Wine....

Wine….

Endless corridors in the hotel.

Endless corridors in the hotel.

The Hotel's typeface.

The Hotel’s typeface.

View of one of the entrances to Tokyo Station. The hotel occupies the upper floors of the entire building.

View of one of the entrances to Tokyo Station. The hotel occupies the upper floors of the entire building.

View of the Tokyo Station from the right - the Hotel occupies the top floors of the entire structure.

View of the Tokyo Station from the right – the Hotel occupies the top floors of the entire structure.

Tokyo Station I

Tokyo Station Hotel and the Tokyo skyline.

Goodbye Tokyo Station (and Tokyo)!

Goodbye Tokyo Station (and Tokyo)!

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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