The History

Opening vol.1

  • Hotel Okura Tokyo under construction, January 12, 1961, one year and four months before opening.

  • Chairman Kishichiro Okura and President Iwajiro Noda observing progress in 1961. Mr. Okura passed away at the age of 80, eight months after the opening of the hotel.

  • The Okura, completed after 1.5 years of construction period, consists of east, south and north wings, the first hotel of this style in Japan.

  • Bird-eye view of Hotel Okura Tokyo soon after its opening.

  • Traditional blessing through Shinto-style opening ceremony, May 20, 1962

  • Visiting Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos welcoming the Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako at his return banquet held at the Okura, October 13, 1962, five months after the hotel’s opening.

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) General Meeting at the Heian Room, September 7 - 11, 1964, with approximately 2,500 representatives and the press from 103 countries attending.

  • President Noda greets at the opening of the Outdoor Swimming Pool completed after two months of the hotel’s opening.

  • The 5th Anniversary Reception, May 19, 1967. Seen here are the earth-shaped object with the Okura’s advertising copy, “The Pride of the Orient” and the sugar-made cake replica of the Okura.

  • Construction of the new South Wing, viewed from the Main Building.

  • Full view of the newly completed South Wing.

  • Full view of Hotel Okura Tokyo after the completion of the South Wing.

  • Shinto-style opening ceremony of the South Wing, November 26, 1973

  • Prince and Princess Takamatsu with President Noda at the tape-cutting ceremony of the South Wing.

  • Special attractions at the opening ceremony of the South Wing were kusudama opening and balloon- release by the marching band.

  • Princess Chichibu, Prince and Princess Takamatsu and Prince and Princess Mikasa at the Bar Highlander during the hotel tour after the opening reception of the South Wing.

  • South Wing Opening Reception held at the Akebono Room.

  • At the 10th Anniversary Reception of the Okura, Mr. Noda officially announced his promotion to the post of Chairman. Mr. Aoki, former Vice President, became President.