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History of Our Hotels

1915 - 1985

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.

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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.

1914Tokyo Station opens.
1915Tokyo 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>
1933Renamed TOKYO RAILWAY HOTEL (directly run by the Ministry of Railways).
1945The third floor and roof of Tokyo Station burn off in air raids. The Hotel closes.
1947Tokyo Station reconstructed.
1951Tokyo Station Hotel reopens.
1964<Tokyo Olympic Games> Guests from Japan and abroad visit the distinguished hotel.

1985 - 2005

1985:
HOTEL METROPOLITAN TOKYO IKEBUKURO opens.
HOTEL METROPOLITAN EDMONT TOKYO(formerly Hotel Edmont)opens.

On June 2, 1985, HOTEL METROPOLITAN TOKYO IKEBUKURO 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 METROPOLITAN EDMONT TOKYO (formerly Hotel 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 1981Ikebukuro Terminal Building Co., Ltd. established with capital of 4 billion Japanese yen.
November 1983Metropolitan Parking opens.
June 1985 HOTEL METROPOLITAN TOKYO IKEBUKURO opens.
HOTEL METROPOLITAN EDMONT TOKYO(formerly Hotel Edmont)opens.
April 1989METROPOLITAN SERVICE Corporation(formerly Metropolitan Corporation) established as a Hotel Nippon subsidiary.

May 1994:
JR-EAST HOTEL METS KUMEGAWA(formerly Hotel Mets Kumegawa),the first JR-EAST HOTEL METS(formerly Hotel Mets), opens.

JR-EAST HOTEL METS KUMEGAWA(formerly Hotel Mets Kumegawa) opened as the first JR-EAST HOTEL METS(formerly 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 1992Metropolitan Plaza opens.
July 1994JR-EAST HOTEL METS MUSASHISAKAI(formerly Hotel Mets Musashisakai)opens.
May 1996JR-EAST HOTEL METS KOKUBUNJI(formerly Hotel Mets Kokubunji)opens.
November 1996JR-EAST HOTEL METS URAWA(formerly Hotel Mets Urawa)opens.
March 1997JR-EAST HOTEL METS MITO(formerly Hotel Mets Mito)opens.
April 1997JR-EAST HOTEL METS KAWASAKI(formerly Hotel Mets Kawasaki)opens.
June 1998METROPOLITAN FOODS Co., Ltd. established as a subsidiary.
November 1998JR-EAST HOTEL METS TSUDANUMA(formerly Hotel Mets Tsudanuma)opens.
April 2000JR-EAST HOTEL METS MIZONOKUCHI(formerly Hotel Mets Mizonokuchi)opens.
November 2001JR-EAST HOTEL METS SHIBUYA(formerly Hotel Mets Shibuya)opens.
December 2001Metropolitan Kitchen Center opens.
April 2002JR-EAST HOTEL METS KAMAKURA OFUNA(formerly Hotel Mets Kamakura Ofuna)opens.
October 2003JR-EAST HOTEL METS MEJIRO(formerly Hotel Mets Mejiro)opens.

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 2005JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKABANE(formerly Hotel Mets Akabane)opens.
March 2006Tokyo Station Hotel closes for renovation.

May 2007:
HOTEL METROPOLITAN TOKYO MARUNOUCHI,a metropolitan specializing in accommodations, opens.

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

March 2007 JR-EAST HOTEL METS KOENJI(formerly Hotel Mets Koenji)opens.
May 2007 HOTEL METROPOLITAN TOKYO MARUNOUCHI opens.
October 2008JR-EAST HOTEL METS TACHIKAWA(formerly Hotel Mets Tachikawa)opens.
April 2009 NIPPON HOTEL takes over the businesses of JR-EAST HOTEL METS MITO(formerly Hotel Mets Mito), Hotel Dream Gate Maihama, and Familio Tateyama through an absorption-type company split.
September 2009JR-EAST HOTEL METS KOMAGOME(formerly Hotel Mets Komagome)opens.

March 2012:
JR-EAST HOTEL METS UTSUNOMIYA(formerly Hotel R-Mets Utsunomiya), a new hotel converted from a station building, opens.

NIPPON HOTEL converted a station building into Hotel JR-EAST HOTEL METS UTSUNOMIYA(formerly 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 Hotel Familio Minakami(formerly Hotel Familio Niiharu), through an absorption-type company split.
October 2010JR-EAST HOTEL METS YOKOHAMA TSURUMI(formerly Hotel Mets Yokohama Tsurumi)opens.
March 2012JR-EAST HOTEL METS UTSUNOMIYA(formerly Hotel R-Mets Utsunomiya)opens.
July 2012Business for JR-EAST HOTEL METS TABATA(formerly Hotel Mets Tabata) is assigned.
October 2012Tokyo 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 2003The Marunouchi station building of Tokyo Station is designated as an important cultural property of Japan.
March 2006The Marunouchi station building of Tokyo Station temporarily closes for preservation and restoration work.
October 2012Grand opening of Tokyo Station Hotel.
April 2014NIPPON 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.
December 2017Hotel Dream Gate Maihama annex opens.
February 2018JR-EAST HOTEL METS FUNABASHI(formerly Hotel Mets Funabashi)opens.
Hotels managed reached 30 hotels

October 2018:
Renewal of the "Hotel Metropolitan" and "Hotel Mets" brand logo, etc.

In order to satisfy the ever-increasing expectations of our guests and grow into a hotel chain that they will want to choose over any other, we revised the brand concept of the hotel brands under the JR-East Hotel Group, “Hotel Metropolitan” and “Hotel Mets”, and changed the brand logo. Hotel Mets also changed its name to “JR-East Hotel Mets” in an effort to increase the level of recognition of this brand as a part of the JR-East Group.

October 2018Renewal of the "Hotel Metropolitan" and "Hotel Mets" brand logo, etc.
Merger of subsidiary METROPOLITAN FOODS Co., Ltd.