History of Yokohama Hotel New Grand

Port opening, Great Kanto Earthquake, and MacArthur

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 2 min read

Hotel New Grand, situated in front of Yamashita Park, symbolizes the history of Yokohama. Yokohama was a merchant town where various Westerners lived in and strode boldly along its streets 150 + years ago. Soon after the port opened, the Grand Hotel was built. It was quite famous for its view of the sea, and its restaurants, which served authentic Western dishes. But the hotel was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.  The Hotel New Grand was established in 1927 - an elegant symbol of the reconstruction of Yokohama. Its first executive chef, Saly Weil, was capable of preparing all the different and popular European cuisines. While Weil was still there, General Commander of the US Military, Douglas MacArthur, stayed at the Hotel New Grand quite a few times, had fond memories of the hotel and (perhaps) of Weil’s dishes. In 1945, at the end of WWII, GHQ set up their base in Yokohama and MacArthur stayed at the hotel again for three nights.

Access: A 5-minute-walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Subway Line. 

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。

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