History

History of Our Hotels

1915: Tokyo Station Hotel is established.

Tokyo Station Hotel opened for business in 1915, the year after Tokyo Station was completed.
This was the first hotel of what was to become the NIPPON HOTEL group of 26 hotels in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

In 1915, the year following the opening of Tokyo Station, Tokyo Station Hotel opened as a European-style hotel with 58 guestrooms and a banquet hall. The Hotel was located within Tokyo Station, a landmark structure designed by Kingo Tatsuno, the famed modern architect of the Meiji Era. Guests from Japan and overseas were invited to stay in order to enjoy the splendid architecture and state-of-the-art accommodations, including a rare elevator installed in the front hall. The managing company was Seiyoken in Tsukiji, a restaurant operator celebrated by a saying of the day: “Imperial Hotel for best accommodation, Seiyoken for best cuisine.” When the Great Kanto Earthquake struck in 1923, the Hotel accepted many evacuees from other hotels that had collapsed and burnt. In 1933, Tokyo Station Hotel was renamed TOKYO RAILWAY HOTEL and placed under the direct control of the Ministry of Railways. The Hotel was a refuge of peace for many guests amid the rising threat of war.

The Hotel lost its roof in a wartime air raid in 1945. The structure was redesigned and rebuilt as a two-story structure, one story lower than before, within the Marunouchi station building. From then it gained renown as a favorite haunt and literary subject for legendary novelists. The novels Kaijin Niju Menso by Edogawa Rampo and Tokyo Nikki by Hyakken Uchida took place in the guestrooms of the Station Hotel. During a month-long stay, Yasunari Kawabata penned Onna de Arukoto, immortalizing the room on the dome-side of the Hotel. Seicho Matsumoto is said to have conceived the tricky plot twist in his famous mystery Ten to Sen while staying at the Hotel. The novels Hotel Story by Yoko Mori and Tokyo Eki de Kieta by Shizuko Natsuki are also set there.

The Hotel added one of Japan’s first coffee when it reopened in 1951 after World War II. Visitors swarmed in to try the newfangled sandwiches and hamburg steaks. Another popular draw was a bar, an expansive bar that soon would be known for its legendary bartender. Over the many decades since, the Hotel has captured the hearts of executives working in Marunouchi and fans from all over the country.

1914 Tokyo Station opens.
1915 Tokyo Station Hotel opens.
  • * Run by Seiyoken in Tsukiji, a restaurant praised for luxury (Saying of the day: “Imperial Hotel for best accommodation, Seiyoken for best cuisine.”)
1923 <Great Kanto Earthquake>
1933 Renamed TOKYO RAILWAY HOTEL (directly run by the Ministry of Railways).
1945 The third floor and roof of Tokyo Station burn off in air raids. The Hotel closes.
1947 Tokyo Station reconstructed.
1951 Tokyo Station Hotel reopens.
1964 <Tokyo Olympic Games>
Guests from Japan and abroad visit the distinguished hotel.

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1985 – 2005

1985: Hotel Metropolitan opens.
Hotel Edmont opens (currently Hotel Metropolitan Edmont).

On June 2, 1985, Hotel Metropolitan opened as a landmark at the West Entrance of Ikebukuro Station, a less-developed area that still lacked commercial facilities. The local community prayed that the Hotel would breath new life into the West Entrance area.

The Hotel has repeatedly reinvented itself since the eighties by reading the latest trends and customer preferences. Guestrooms, banquet halls, and restaurants are renovated decade by decade and a stand-alone garden chapel and Metropolitan Floor with premier-class guestrooms have been added.
From its inception, the Hotel has worked steadily to attract cosmopolitan guests from overseas (inbound). Nowadays, half of the guests who stay there arrive from foreign countries. Hotel Metropolitan will continue to grow as an international hotel with the support of its many Japanese and overseas guests.

On June 30, 1985, Hotel Edmont (currently Hotel Metropolitan Edmont) opened on the site of the former switchyard in Iida-machi, a less than ideal location with few offices and commercial facilities. To establish branding through dining, the Hotel called on Katsuhiro Nakamura (currently Honorary Grand Chef of NIPPON HOTEL Co., Ltd.), the first Michelin star winner in Japan. The dishes served in the restaurants and hotel banquets became a sensation, largely thanks to the culinary direction of the Hotel’s talented chefs. The Hotel remains a favorite for celebrities to this day: “Edmont for the best food.”

To win the affections of groups and families as well, the Hotel became a participant of The Tokyo Disney Resort’s Good Neighbor Hotel Program in 2002. The EAST WING (220 rooms) was added the following year. With the development of neighboring areas such as the nearby I-Garden Air complex, the Hotel has captured the hearts of the local community, as well as business and tourist guests. The neighborhood and hotel are growing together.

November 1981 Ikebukuro Terminal Building Co., Ltd. established with capital of 4 billion Japanese yen.
November 1983 Metropolitan Parking opens.
June 1985 Hotel Metropolitan opens.
April 1989 Metropolitan Corporation established as a Hotel Nippon subsidiary.

May 1994: Hotel Mets Kumegawa, the first Hotel Mets, opens.

Hotel Mets Kumegawa opened as the first Hotel Mets, a hotel brand created to offer “Urban hotel service at economy hotel prices” by providing comfortable and high-quality accommodations to guests at reasonable prices. The specialized accommodations and convenient locations close to stations have helped evolve Hotel Mets into a beloved brand with a steadily growing base of repeat and first-time guests.
The staff work day and night to realize their desire to provide friendly, reliable, high-grade service to every guest served. This sets the Hotel apart from typical guestroom-dedicated hotels, which tend to have a business-like atmosphere. The Hotel will remain a favorite home-away-from-home for business travelers and vacationers.

June 1992 Metropolitan Plaza opens.
July 1994 Hotel Mets Musashisakai opens.
May 1996 Hotel Mets Kokubunji opens.
November 1996 Hotel Mets Urawa opens.
March 1997 Hotel Mets Mito opens.
April 1997 Hotel Mets Kawasaki opens.
June 1998 METROPOLITAN FOODS Co., Ltd. established as a subsidiary.
November 1998 Hotel Mets Tsudanuma opens.
April 2000 Hotel Mets Mizonokuchi opens.
November 2001 Hotel Mets Shibuya opens.
December 2001 Metropolitan Kitchen Center opens.
April 2002 Hotel Mets Kamakura Ofuna opens.
October 2003 Hotel Mets Mejiro opens.

Hotel Mets Shibuya

Hotel Mets Mejiro

Hotel Mets Tsudanuma

Hotel Mets Kamakura Ofuna

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2005 –

April 2005: NIPPON HOTEL reopens following renewal.

The hotels run by the JR East Group in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba were integrated into NIPPON HOTEL, an operating company that has grown to run 26 hotels mainly in metropolitan areas as flagship hotels of the JR East Group.

April 2005 Consolidation of companies: Hotel Metropolitan merges with and acquires Hotel Edmont Co., Ltd. and NIPPON HOTEL Co., Ltd.
The company formed through the merger acquisition retains the name of one of the companies acquired, NIPPON HOTEL Co., Ltd.
May 2005 Hotel Mets Akabane opens.
March 2006 Tokyo Station Hotel closes for renovation.

May 2007: Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi, a metropolitan specializing in accommodations, opens.

As a new phase in our expansion, we opened Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi, a guestroom-dedicated hotel on the upper floors of the Sapia Tower directly connected to Tokyo Station. Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi is now very popular with business executives in Marunouchi area, and also the largest business district of Japan.

March 2007 Hotel Mets Koenji opens.
May 2007 Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi opens.
October 2008 Hotel Mets Tachikawa opens.
April 2009 NIPPON HOTEL takes over the businesses of Hotel Mets Mito, Hotel Dream Gate Maihama, and Familio Tateyama through an absorption-type company split.
September 2009 Hotel Mets Komagome opens.

March 2012: Hotel R-Mets Utsunomiya, a new hotel converted from a station building, opens.

NIPPON HOTEL converted a station building into Hotel R-Mets Utsunomiya to promote Utsunomiya as “a city of music and cocktails.” The spacious guestrooms showcase traditional handicrafts of Tochigi. The Hotel breaks the mold of conventional business hotels with its luxurious lounge and public space modeled in the form of an underground Ooya-stone* mine. Guests love to visit for both business and pleasure.
*Ooya-stone, the facing used for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel, is mined near Ooya-machi in northwest Utsunomiya.

November 2009 NIPPON HOTEL takes over the businesses of Hotel Metropolitan Takasaki and Hotel Metropolitan Takasaki Co., Ltd., a 100%-owned subsidiary operating Hotel Metropolitan Takasaki and Familio Niiharu, through an absorption-type company split.
October 2010 Hotel Mets Yokohama Tsurumi opens.
March 2012 Hotel R-Mets Utsunomiya opens.
July 2012 Business for Hotel Mets Tabata is assigned.
October 2012 Tokyo Station Hotel reopens following renewal.

October 2012: Tokyo Station Hotel reopens following renewal.

Following the Marunouchi station building preservation and restoration work, the new Tokyo Station Hotel made its grand opening in Tokyo Station with its original exterior restored. In the spirit of OMOTENASHI, service at a level only achievable in Japan, we inherit the last century and propose a one-of-a-kind legendary hotel for the century to come.

April 2003 The Marunouchi station building of Tokyo Station is designated as an important cultural property of Japan.
March 2006 The Marunouchi station building of Tokyo Station temporarily closes for preservation and restoration work.
October 2012 Grand opening of Tokyo Station Hotel.
April 2014 NIPPON HOTEL takes over the businesses of Hotel Metropolitan Nagano and Hotel Metropolitan Nagano Co., Ltd., a 100%-owned subsidiary operating Hotel Metropolitan Nagano, through an absorption-type company split.
June 2017 Hotel Metropolitan Saitama-Shintoshin opens.