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The Grand Tour II - An Epilogue, or Goodbye to the Far East

So inevitably, I have arrived at the epilogue to Part II of my Grand Tour, on the Treaty Ports and Imperial Cities of China, Korea and Japan… 981 more words

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The Tokyo Station Hotel

The other historic grand hotel in Tokyo – and the one I actually stayed at – is the Tokyo Station Hotel. The Tokyo Station opened its doors in 1914 – it was built by the same architect that designed the Bank of Japan building nearby, and it is a significant piece of late Meiji-era red brick architecture. 355 more words

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The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

The Imperial Hotel is THE grande dame of the hospitality scene in Tokyo. It was built in the Meiji Era – the first Western-style hotel in Japan, built to cater to European visitors. 232 more words

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The Imperial Palace, Tokyo 皇居

The Imperial Palace in Tokyo stands on the foundations of the former Edo Castle, which has existed on the same site since 1457. In 1868, the Meiji Emperor moved from his Imperial Palace in Kyoto to the Edo Castle, renaming it the Tokei Castle 東京城. 392 more words

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Meiji-Mura Museum 明治村, Inuyama, Japan

To really view specimens of Meiji-era architecture up-close, one has to travel Southeast to Inuyama 犬山, a small town on the outskirts of Nagoya, for the one-of-a-kind Meiji Mura Museum. 512 more words

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The Grand Tour II-15: Eastern Capital... (東京)

So finally, 15 months and 14 cities later, we arrive here at the final destination of our Grand Tour of the Far East: Tokyo, also known as the Eastern Capital 東京. 597 more words

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Hotel New Grand, Yokohama

Hotel New Grand is the grande dame of Yokohama’s hospitality scene, and the only European-style grand hotel in Japan that still exists in pretty much condition as in the 1920s. 372 more words

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