Our History Hotel New Otani 50th Anniversary Project

A glimpse into our 50 years of history, and major events of the time.

Major events around the world New Otani milestones
Oct The 18th Summer Olympic Games held in Tokyo 1964 Sep Hotel New Otani Tokyo opens
The Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) begins service Dec The Kioi Club (now the New Otani Club) is launched
1965 The 4th General Meeting of the World University Cooperatives
July The Beatles perform in Tokyo 1966 Jan Launches the first "New Year Package Plan" in Japan
June The Garden Pool and Garden Barbeque opens
The 007 film You Only Live Twice is filmed on location at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
The 3rd Development Bank Conference of Asian Countries
July The European Communities is launched 1967
Aug Association of Southeast Asian Nations is formed
1968 Apr Welcoming Reception for President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia
(Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun visit Hotel New Otani Tokyo for the first time)
July Apollo 11 lands on the Moon 1969 Sep The 39th ASTA World Travel Congress
Mar Expo '70, Osaka, opens 1970 July Unazuki New Otani Hotel opens
Feb The 11th Winter Olympic Games held in Sapporo 1972
1973 July Yuzawa New Otani Hotel opens
Oct The 5th GATT Ministerial Conference
1974 Sep Celebrates 10th anniversary
The Tower (now the Garden Tower) opens
Trader Vic's Tokyo opens
Shopping arcade Sunroser Aksaka opens
Mar The Sanyo Shinkansen begins service 1975 Oct Hotel New Otani Tottori opens
May Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip of the United Kingdom visit Japan
1976 Entrusted with the operation of the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace
Sep Hotel New Otani Saga opens
Oct Starts operation of the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel in Honolulu
May New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita International Airport) opens 1978 The 78th International Rotarian Congress
The 8th World Congress of Cardiology
Sep Hotel New Otani Hakata opens
1979 June The 5th G7 Summit (Tokyo Summit), main venue and hotel
The 9th International Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology
1981 Mar Grand banquet room "Tsuru" opens
1982 Aug Hotel New Otani Sapporo (now New Otani Inn Sapporo) opens
Apr Tokyo Disneyland opens 1983 Aug Young Presidents Organization Tokyo Convention
1984 Sep Celebrates 20th anniversary
La Tour D'Argent Tokyo opens
Nov Hotel New Otani Nagaoka opens
Mar The International Exposition, Tsukuba, Japan, 1985, opens 1985 Apr Reception for the 1st Japan Prize, with the attendance of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess
May Summit Conference of Major Cities of the World, with the attendance of leaders from 19 major cities around the world
May Prince Charles and Princess Diana of the United Kingdom visit Japan 1986 May The 12th G7 Summit (2nd Tokyo Summit), main venue and hotel
Sep Hotel New Otani Osaka opens
Oct Hotel New Otani Takaoka opens
Apr Japanese National Railways is privatized 1987 The 29th World Forex Tokyo Congress
Feb New Otani Inn Tokyo opens
1988 The 9th World Congress of Earthquake Engineers
Jan Emperor Showa passes away 1989 May Representatives from 39 nations attending "Taiso-no Rei", Funeral Service for the Showa Emperor, stay at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Emperor Akihito accedes to the throne, and the "Heisei" era begins The 4th Party Leaders Congress of the International Democratic Union
Apr Consumption tax is introduced Sep Celebrates 25th anniversary
Oct Reunification of East and West Germany 1990 Apr Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong in Beijing opens
Nov Representatives from 43 nations attending "Sokui-no Rei", Enthronement Ceremony for Emperor Akihito, stay at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
1991 Feb Garden Court opens
1992 Sep Hotel New Otani Kumamoto opens
Dec NASPA New Otani (Yuzawa) opens
May Professional football league J. League is launched 1993 Apr G7 Joint Ministerial Conference
Jun Wedding ceremony of Crown Prince and Princess Masako July The 19th G7 Summit (3rd Tokyo Summit), main venue and hotel
Sep Hotel New Otani Makuhari opens
Sep Kansai International Airport opens 1994 Sep Celebrates 30th anniversary
Asia and Pacific Inter-Parliamentary Conference
Jan Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 1995 Sep APEC Tokyo Senior Officials Meeting
The 20th Annual Joint Meeting of Japan-US Southeast Association
1996 Apr Welcome Luncheon for U.S. President Bill Clinton hosted by Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto
May The 47th National Arbour Day Festival Welcoming Reception hosted by the Governor of Tokyo, with the attendance of the Emperor and Empress
Dec Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line opens 1997
Feb The 18th Winter Olympic Games and 7th Winter Paralympic Games held in Nagano 1998 Aug Pierre Hermé Patissier (now Pierre Hermé Paris) opens as Pierre Hermé's first pastry shop
Sep Gala dinner hosted by Alain Ducasse
The 2nd Tokyo International Conference on African Development
July The 26th G8 Summit (Kyushu-Okinawa Summit) 2000 Oct The Rose Garden opens
President Göncz Árpád of the Republic of Hungary stays at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Mar Universal Studios Japan opens 2001 Oct Membership club "New Otani Ladies" is launched
Sep Tokyo DisneySea opens Welcoming Reception for King Harald V of Norway
May 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002
2003 Aug The 10th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific
Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom stays at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
2004 Sep Celebrates 40th anniversary
Oct The 7th Chiefs of Defense (CHOD) Conference
Mar The 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, opens 2005 President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation stays at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
2007 Oct Renovation of "The Main" completed
Executive House ZEN opens
Nov President Nguyen Minh Triet of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stays at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Premier of the State Council Mr. Wen Jiabao of the People's Republic of China stays at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
July The 34th G8 summit (Hokkaido Toyako Summit) 2008 May President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China stays at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Prime Minister Stephen Joseph Harper of Canada stays at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
2009 Mar The 60th Annual National Anti-Tuberculosis Assembly with the presence of the Emperor and Empress
2010 Mar New Otani Inn Yokohama opens
Mar Great East Japan Earthquake 2011 Nov Welcome Reception for King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck of the Kingdom of Bhutan
Oct World population reaches 7 billion
May Tokyo Skytree® opens 2012 Apr "New Otani Club W" is launched
Heads of state attending the 4th Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting stay at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Sep Tokyo selected as host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games 2013
2014 Sep Celebrates 50th anniversary