An ancient map of the area in which Hotel New Otani now stands
The history of the Japanese Garden at Hotel New Otani Tokyo dates back over 400 years, when samurai lord Kato Kiyomasa owned one of his residences on this site. The land was later turned over to the powerful Ii family, dominant in the Shogunate Government of the Edo period.
Later, in the Meiji period, the land became the property of the Fushiminomiya family, then a branch of the imperial house. After the Second World War, the property was sold to Yonetaro Otani, the founder of Hotel New Otani, who established his private residence there and renovated the garden into what it is today.
When the Japanese government asked Yonetaro to build a hotel in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games of 1964, he built Hotel New Otani on the land, and the garden became one of its main attractions.
Over the fifty years since then, the Japanese Garden has undergone some changes pertaining to the Garden Tower and Garden Court being built, but it still retains the beauty and ambience from its early years, pleasing the eyes and refreshing the spirits of visitors to this day.
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