Celebrating the Golden Age of Hibiya and the Imperial Hotel with Memorabilia and Cocktails
The Imperial Hotel is currently hosting an exhibition looking back on the golden age of Hibiya’s theater district and the hotel’s place within it. Three original Hibiya-themed cocktails have also been created for the occasion, and are available at the hotel’s bars and lounges—ideal for post-exhibition refreshment.
The Age of Hibiya: Greenery, Joy, and Revelry
In earlier decades, Hibiya was one of the most fashionable and modern parts of Tokyo. Today it has a somewhat quieter image as a business district, but the golden age of Hibiya is being revived again this year, at an exhibition held at the Imperial Hotel’s exhibition space, “Imperial Times: Once and Future Legacies,” through September 30 (Sun.). A range of memorabilia from Hibiya’s storied history is on display, from photographs of the changing streetscape going back more than a century to souvenirs of movie stars and musicians who stayed at the Imperial Hotel itself.
The Olympic flame passing before the hotel in the lead-up to the 1964 games… Posters from Marlene Dietrich’s legendary dinner show in the hotel’s Peacock Room… Don’t miss your chance to catch a glimpse of the Imperial Hotel’s decades of history.
The Olympic flame passing by the Imperial Hotel before the Tokyo Olympic Games (1964)
Left: Poster for Marlene Dietrich’s dinner show in the Imperial Hotel’s Peacock Room (1974)
Right: Ball signed by US baseball star Joe DiMaggio (1954)
Location: Imperial Times: Once and Future Legacies
(Lobby, Imperial Hotel Tokyo main building)
Exhibition period: March 1 (Thu.)–September 30 (Sun.)
Entry fee: None
- Photographs showing the changing face of Hibiya
- Memorabilia, signatures, and souvenirs from stars who have stayed at the hotel
- A special celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the hotel’s buffet dining room
- Models and plans of the original main building of the hotel, as well as the old building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
- Recipe book of the hotel’s first chef, Kenkichi Yoshikawa
Original Hibiya Cocktails
With the opening of Tokyo Midtown Hibiya on March 29, the Hibiya district is livelier than ever. The Imperial Hotel held an internal competition to design Hibiya-themed cocktails, receiving over 60 entries. The winning three will be available in bars and lounges throughout the hotel, including the Old Imperial Bar on the second floor of the main building.
(All prices below include consumption tax but exclude service fees.)
“Hibiya-biyori” (Hibiya sunshine): 1,880 JPY
Buildings sparkling in sunlight filtered through leaves of a green so deep it eases and revives the soul. This cocktail is inspired by the Hibiya skies, where art and nature combine into something uniquely human. A rosemary garnish brings out an even fresher bouquet.
“Twilight Terrace”: 1,880 JPY
In the Meiji era (1868-1912), the Imperial Hotel stood alongside the famous Rokumeikan, built in European style for foreign diplomats and other important personages. This cocktail is a nostalgic evocation of that lost age of bustling ballrooms and moonlit splendor.
“Dance in the Park”: 1,680 JPY
A non-alcoholic cocktail that conjures up the rich green of Hibiya Park and the Imperial Residence, as well as the wide blue skies above, with mint, rosemary, and hebesu—a Japanese citrus similar to a sudachi or kabosu, known for its light mouthfeel and refreshing fragrance.
Available: March 20 (Tue.) to September 30 (Sun.)
- Old Imperial Bar (main building, 2nd floor)
11:30 a.m.–12:00 midnight (last order)
Tel.: +81 (0)3-3539-8088
- Imperial Lounge Aqua (main building, 17th floor)
11:30 a.m.–12:00 midnight (last order)
(Note: Last order 10:00 p.m. on Sun.-Thu.)
Tel.: +81 (0)3-3539-8186
Rendezvous Lounge Bar (main building, ground floor)
11:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m. (last order)
Tel.: +81 (0)3-3539-8045