Business Wire

The Okura Tokyo Opens its Doors

Share

In a much-anticipated event and to the delight of its many followers worldwide, The Okura Tokyo, the new flagship hotel of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd, today opened its doors to the public.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190912005387/en/

Exterior of The Okura Tokyo (Photo: Business Wire)

Exterior of The Okura Tokyo (Photo: Business Wire)

The original Hotel Okura Tokyo opened in 1962 as a first-class hotel that quickly became renowned worldwide for its blending of traditional Japanese beauty with the very best in accommodation, cuisine and service. It closed its doors in August 2015, and after four years of rebuilding work, it reopened today as The Okura Tokyo.

Masaharu Naruse, President and Representative Director, Hotel Okura Tokyo Co., Ltd., said, “I’m proud to present our new flagship property, The Okura Tokyo. Fully embodying one of Okura’s key philosophies—offering “the Best A.C.S.”, or Accommodation, Cuisine and Services—we are committed to honoring our pedigree while endeavoring to further refine this philosophy so that the hotel will once again be treasured by people from all over the world.”

The Okura Tokyo is the highest-branded property of the Hotel Okura group. It reprises the former Hotel Okura Tokyo’s famed traditional Japanese beauty as well as its cherished simplicity and elegance to offer a new combination of “traditional luxury – The Okura Heritage” and “contemporary luxury – The Okura Prestige.” The creation of two separate properties reflects the company’s strategy to evolve its room branding into two differentiated categories.

A total of 508 luxury rooms are available in two buildings on the spacious central-Tokyo Okura property, about half of which—1.3 hectares—is covered with lush gardens and greenery. The Okura Museum of Art is also located on the property.

The smaller of the two buildings, The Okura Heritage Wing, which has its own reception, is a 75-meter, 17-story structure with refreshing views of gardens and greenery on three sides. The spacious guest rooms in The Okura Heritage Wing offer generous floor areas of 60m2 with broad 8m widths. The Okura Heritage Wing is a top-end luxury hotel with a tasteful, classically Japanese atmosphere. The beloved Yamazato Japanese restaurant is making its much-awaited return here, as is the renowned Chosho-an tea ceremony room, making the Okura Heritage Wing the perfect choice for special gatherings in elegant Japanese settings.

The larger Okura Prestige Tower is a 188-meter, 41-story structure combining premium quality accented with refined Japanese aesthetics. Guest rooms begin on the 28th floor; standard-size rooms measuring some 50m2 afford vistas of the Tokyo metropolis from expansive windows. On the top floor of The Okura Prestige Tower, guests can take in fabulous views of the city while dining at historic Sazanka, the hotel’s reborn teppanyaki restaurant. Additionally, an all-day dining restaurant, Orchid, features a mix of cuisine with relaxing indoor and outdoor seating, and Toh-Ka-Lin offers delicious Chinese cuisine.

The Okura Prestige Tower is equipped with substantial banquet facilities, including one of the largest ballrooms of any hotel in Tokyo, immediately establishing The Okura Tokyo as a premier venue for prestigious international conferences. The Okura Prestige Tower will offer access to the Okura Fitness & Spa for exercise and relaxation against the backdrop of panoramic views of Tokyo on the 26th and 27th floors.

The Okura Museum of Art, originally established in 1917 as Japan’s first privately operated art museum, will once again attract art lovers from the world over with a celebrated collection that includes some 2,500 works of art, among which are three National Treasures, 13 Important Cultural Properties and 44 Important Art Objects designated by the Japanese government.

Reconstruction has changed the appearance of the hotel; however, many of the ornaments which decorated the original main building now adorn The Okura Tokyo. After the end of August 2015 when the hotel ceased operations and the main lobby was tentatively closed, a one week period was secured prior to the commencement of dismantling to allow examination and measurement of the existing artefacts and decorations.

Legacy decorations from the original hotel grace the new lobby of The Okura Prestige Tower, including the distinctive hexagonal Okura Lantern ceiling lights, lacquered tables and chairs arranged like plum flowers, and the world map and clock displaying global time zones. A number of other decorations have been faithfully reproduced for the new lobby. These include the Four Petal Flowers wall tapestry, a Nishijin brocade originally designed by Japanese “human national treasure” Kenkichi Tomimoto, and shoji paper windows with Asanoha-mon leaf-pattern lattice work.

The lobbies of The Okura Prestige Tower have been designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, celebrated architect of the redesigned Museum of Modern Art in New York and son of Yoshiro Taniguchi, designer of the Hotel Okura Tokyo’s famous lobby, a further nod to the Okura legacy.

Commented Yoshio Taniguchi, “The original lobby designed by my father, Yoshiro Taniguchi, was extremely popular, so I was honored to have been asked to redesign the new main lobby of the Okura Tokyo, at the same time feeling a sense of destiny and responsibility. It was a challenge to not only re-create the old main lobby but to turn it into something even more wonderful, and I hope that the new main lobby will be beloved by all guests and visitors to the Okura Tokyo for many years to come. There are various types of memorable lobbies, including those whose feel and aura have evolved over time; the new Okura Tokyo lobby is one that is reminiscent of the time of the opening of the original hotel more than half a century ago but which can similarly be expected to refresh itself over time.”

The Heian Room will accommodate up to 2,000 people, making it one of Tokyo’s largest ballrooms. Motifs from the Collection of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poems, a national treasure, will decorate the walls. The room will also boast a first-class audio visual system.

Small artistic displays entitled “Takumi of Japan” are located on all guest room floors of the Okura Prestige Tower, showcasing carefully selected traditional handcrafts from all 47 prefectures in Japan.

The top two guest floors of The Okura Prestige Tower—the 39th and 40th floors—comprise an unprecedented duplex suite comprising a 730-square meter living space with three bedrooms – Japan’s largest hotel suite. With its two-story-ceiling living room and event-ready theater, the luxurious suite will also be an exceptional venue for one-of-a-kind meetings. Additionally, the bathroom of the master bedroom will feature a Ne-Yu bed bath and Utase-Yu waterfall bath for supreme relaxation.

About Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.

Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., founded in 1958, opened its flagship Hotel Okura Tokyo in 1962. Hotel Okura has extensive expertise in the hospitality world, including asset ownership and hotel development, as well as hotel management, restaurant business and chain operations through its subsidiaries and other group companies. The brand unites member hotels under its “Best Accommodation, Cuisine and Service” philosophy to ensure that all guests enjoy Okura’s signature hospitality, which combines Japanese attention to detail and Western functionality. The subsidiary Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd. operates 72 properties (47 in Japan and 25 overseas) encompassing some 22,666 guest rooms (as of September 12, 2019) under three hotel groups: Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City.

Contact information

Ms. Ikuko Arai, Mr. Ryutaro Suzuki
Public Relations
Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.
Phone: +81 (0)3 6864 2729
E-mail: pr@hotelokura.co.jp

About Business Wire

Business Wire
Business Wire
24 Martin Lane
EC4R 0DR London

+44 20 7626 1982http://www.businesswire.co.uk

(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.

Subscribe to releases from Business Wire

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Business Wire

Boehringer Ingelheim Partners with Inflammasome Therapeutics to Develop Novel Therapies for Patients with Retinal Diseases20.9.2019 12:00:00 CESTPress release

Boehringer Ingelheim and Inflammasome Therapeutics Inc. (Inflammasome) today announced they have entered into a co-development and license agreement to develop up to three therapies for patients with retinal diseases. By combining Inflammasome’s unique intravitreal (IVT) drug delivery technologies with Boehringer Ingelheim’s compounds from its retinal disease pipeline portfolio, Boehringer Ingelheim aims to develop novel therapies for retinal diseases. In 2019 there were an estimated 82 million patients in the seven key countries (U.S., Japan, Germany, U.K., Spain, Italy, France) affected by one of the three major forms of retinal disease: Age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and diabetic macular edema (DME). Globally, the prevalence rates of these and other retinal diseases are expected to increase over the next 10 years primarily due to aging populations and the global diabetes epidemic. Despite therapeutic advances in some disease areas during the past

Visa B2B Connect Expands to 32 New Countries and Announces Integration With Infosys20.9.2019 11:00:00 CESTPress release

Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today announced that its Visa B2B Connect network has doubled its reach – from 30 global trade corridors at launch in June 2019, to 62, with the goal to expand to over 100 countries in 2020. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190920005082/en/ Visa B2B Connect (Graphic: Business Wire) In addition, Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, is integrating with the Visa B2B Connect network to bring Visa B2B Connect platform access to their participating financial institutions worldwide. Through this new connection, participating financial institutions worldwide can take advantage of the ability to quickly and securely process corporate cross-border payments globally through Visa B2B Connect.1 “Visa B2B Connect is a fast, secure and more efficient network, designed specifically to overcome obstacles in the cross-border corporate payments space,” said Alan Koenigsbe

Open Day at ISAE-SUPAERO!20.9.2019 09:53:00 CESTPress release

As part of the Science Festival, this year organized on the theme of “Talking about Science, Imagining the Future”, ISAE-SUPAERO will open up its entire campus to the public on Saturday, October 12th from 10 am to 6 pm. Intended for families, companies, partners, journalists and alumni, this event should bring in over 3,000 attendees, as was the case in the three previous years! The program for the day includes many opportunities to discover science today and our vision of the science of the future, with the challenges this entails for the future of our planet. On the program: ➢ Visits to the laboratories and research departments with flight simulators ➢ Visit to the aeroacoustic wind tunnel, unique in Europe, ➢ Demonstrations: how to fly an airplane, Enoskelet, augmented humans, aeroelasticity, drones, use of the gyroscopic effect in space systems, piezoelectric effect, lasers for communicating at the speed of light on Earth and in space, the infinitely small in 3D, Robot Firefighter

William Priest to Step Down as CEO in 2020, Will Remain at Firm as Executive Chairman and Co-CIO20.9.2019 07:00:00 CESTPress release

Epoch Investment Partners, Inc., announced that William Priest will step down as the firm's CEO effective April 1, 2020. He will become Epoch's Executive Chairman and will continue to lead the investment team and serve as co-CIO. He will also retain his portfolio management responsibilities, including his lead portfolio manager role with Epoch's Global Choice and Global Absolute Return strategies. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190920005076/en/ Philipp Hensler (Photo: Business Wire) Philipp Hensler, Epoch's President and COO, will become the firm's CEO. Hensler brings to the role extensive leadership experience at asset management firms globally. His earlier background as a portfolio manager has imbued him with an investment-oriented perspective that aligns with Epoch's investment-centric culture. “Investing remains my lifelong passion," said Priest, who helped found Epoch in 2004. “Best practice suggests a s

Toshiba Memory Holdings Corporation Appoints Lorenzo A. Flores as Vice Chairman20.9.2019 07:00:00 CESTPress release

Toshiba Memory Holdings Corporation, which will officially rebrand as Kioxia Holdings Corporation on October 1, 2019, today announced the appointment of Lorenzo A. Flores as Vice Chairman, effective in November, 2019. Mr. Flores brings a proven track record of strong executive leadership to the company with extensive financial experience in the technology industry. Mr. Flores will work closely with the executive management team to help lead global business expansion. Mr. Flores previously spent eleven years at Xilinx Inc., where he served as Chief Financial Officer since May of 2016, and Executive Vice President since February of 2018. In addition to his finance roles, Mr. Flores had responsibility for the company's Information Technology function. During his tenure as Chief Financial Officer, Xilinx established all-time highs for Revenue, Earnings Per Share, and Operating Cash Flow. Prior to joining Xilinx, Mr. Flores served as Assistant Vice President of Financial Planning and Analys

Fuel50 Earns Accolades at the 2019 HR Innovation Awards for Advancing the Future of Work, Named Best HR Software & Hardware Startup20.9.2019 05:00:00 CESTPress release

Fuel50, creator of the world's fastest-growing talent experience platform, today announced that Zukunft Personal, the largest trade fair for HR managers in Europe and Germany, awarded it an HR Innovation Award in the Software & Hardware Startup category. The HR Innovation Awards recognize dynamic companies that are breaking new ground in HR with their fresh mindset and pioneering products. Each year, Zukunft Personal performs an extensive evaluation of the HR Innovation Award submissions. They also include as a part of the decision-making process input from a panel of outside experts including academics, media representatives and business people. Winning solutions are selected based on their level of innovation, value added to the HR function, intuitiveness for the user and ability to deliver on what they promise. “Companies are rapidly trying to reskill their workforces to deal with automation and new models for work,” said Josh Bersin, global independent analyst and founder of the Jo