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Discover Hotel New Grand, which once served as the headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur following the end of World War II.

Hotel New Grand was constructed during an era marked by global industrialization following World War I and before World War II.

The Hotel New Grand has been among Yokohama’s most enduring symbols over the last century. Chuichi Ariyoshi—(the city’s mayor during the 1920s)—initially created the Hotel New Grand to serve as an avatar of rebirth following the devastation wrought by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. This amazing historic hotel subsequently withstood countless air raids during World War II, and continued to be a renowned holiday destination. On August 30, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander for Allied Powers, arrived at the hotel from Atsugi Airfield and established his first office in room 315. Since then, the room has been called the MacArthur Suite, and his actual writing desk is still used in the historic room. Over the decades, the Hotel New Grand has been lovingly and carefully preserved. The cultural heritage has been embraced and restored to its original splendor, and modern additions and enhancements have been made. In 1991, a new Tower Building was constructed, blending contemporary design with classic luxury and adding 202 guestrooms and suites.

  • Famous Historic Guests +
    Douglas MacArthur, General of fhe Army (U.S. Army) Babe Ruth, famous baseball player for the New York Yankees Charlie Chaplin, renowned actor known for his silent roles in The Kid and A Woman of Paris.
  • History Mystery +
    Which historic hotel is considered a monument and one of the oldest western style hotels in Japan? If you guessed Hotel New Grand (1927) in Yokohoma, Japan, you guessed correctly! After the Great Kanto earthquake on September 1, 1923, which destroyed much of Yokohama, leaving more than 30,000 dead and over 47,000 wounded, the mayor, Chuichi Ariyoshi, actively led the community in a reconstruction process. His first priority was the construction of a hotel, and the plan was supported and welcomed by the citizens of Yokohama. Hence, the Hotel New Grand was opened in 1927 and has since acted as an international hotel symbolizing the history of Yokohama. Over the decades, the Hotel New Grand has been lovingly and carefully preserved. The cultural heritage has been embraced and restored to its original splendor, and modern additions and enhancements have been made. Over the years, the Hotel New Grand has welcomed many famous dignitaries and celebrities through its historic doors, including Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, the Duke of Gloucester, and more. The famous Japanese master writer, Jiro Osaragi, was a resident of Hotel New Grand in room 318 for more than 10 years.

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