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 one and a half years 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.
President Noda greets at the opening of the Outdoor Swimming Pool completed two months after 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.
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.
The Front Desk at the time of opening. Lighting was slightly dimmed to give a relaxed atmosphere.
A guest room soon after the opening.
The bedside dial phone and the classic TV set with a channel selector switch take us back to the good old days.
The Terrace Restaurant in 1970, which was born by the idea of a guest wishing to relax in the Japanese garden by the swimming pool.
The nostalgic Emerald Room, a grillroom, where guests were seen dancing to live music.
The nostalgic Continental Room, where more than 90 varieties of European dishes were served.
The Japanese restaurant Yamazato around 1973.
At that time the tempura bar was located within the restaurant.
The Starlight Lounge, presently the Chinese Table Starlight, around 1971.
A panoramic view of Tokyo and live nightly jazz music were enjoyed.
The nostalgic Oak Room, a men's bar, around 1970.
The outdoor Swimming Pool in summer around 1967.
The lady wears a flower-painted swimming cap which was the latest fashion at the time.