Saturday, February 5, 2011

Saturday's postcard: Ginza Tokyu Hotel

The text on the back of this postcard, which is from the 1960s:

"450 ROOMS with private bath, shower and radio. The GINZA TOKYU HOTEL is the most up-to-date, entirely air-conditioned and soundproof establishment in the very heart of Tokyo. It also provides the utmost in comfort, convenience and gracious living, as well as all the facilities of a first class hotel."

Regarding what the Ginza Tokyu Hotel is like today, there appear to be some conflicting reviews:
  • According to, it's amenities are: "Rooms with Phone, Radio and Refrigerator. Room service, 2 Suites and 2 Japanese-style rooms available, 24-hour Coffee house, Sauna (for men), Massage, Barber shop/Beauty Salon, Shops, Travel service, Bookstore. Conference room capacity: 400 persons." It is rated No. 442 out of 535 hotels in Tokyo in "Wego Popularity".
  • writes this: "One of the most luxurious hotels around, the Ginza Tokyu Hotel is located near Nissan Motors head office, Kabukiza theater and the Higashi Ginza Subway."
  • According to NileGuide: "Recently renovated to blend modern European elegance with a distinctly Oriental ambience, the hotel is located near the famous Kabuki-za Theatre and the main intersection of the Ginza district. Rooms come with all the amenities one would expect of a stylish hotel."

Sounds like it's a nice but modest hotel. Perhaps on par with some of the nice but no-frills hotels one would find in the Theater District of Manhattan.


  1. Dear Chris
    Hi,This is Tanaka from Tokyo.
    Ginza Tokyu Hotel was a hotel in Ginza, Tokyo.
    Built in 1960, the 10 storey hotel was initially the only 4-star hotel.
    It closed in May 2001.

    1. Hello,
      my still happily married parents met there in 1962 when visiting Tokyo. I tried to find the location today, but found a new building on the site. Do you know whether the lower floors are still original with only the top floors having been stacked on top, or was the hotel building completely torn down?
      Thank you