1 Chome-1-１ Uchisaiwaichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-8558, Japan
Photo courtesy of Imperial Hotel
Imperial HotelThis year marks the 125th anniversary of the Imperial Hotel. It first opened in 1890 as an unofficial state guesthouse, the country’s first fully western-style property built for the aristocracy to welcome the increasing number of foreign guests. Ravaged by a fire in 1922, it was rebuilt in 1923, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Maya Revival style, though it fell into disrepair over the decades and was demolished in 1967. The blocky, current version of the hotel comprises a main building and a tower that together house 931 rooms. Recent upgrades to rooms include Imperial Floors (14 through 16 of the main building) created by English decorator Julian Reed. Tower rooms are decorated in light, bright tones.