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Tokyo's famed Imperial Hotel to undergo $2bn teardown and makeover

Landmark building set to reopen in 2036 as part of urban renewal project

The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo is known for having hosted such notable guests as Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio on their honeymoon as well as Helen Keller. (Photo from hotel's Facebook account)

TOKYO -- The Imperial Hotel Tokyo, a historic luxury hotel renowned for hosting international dignitaries as well as the world's rich and famous, will experience a nearly $2 billion reconstruction with a reopening slated for fiscal 2036, Nikkei has learned.

The rebuild will take place toward the end of an urban renewal project for the surrounding Uchisaiwaicho district in the capital led by real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan, in what has been called the biggest post-Olympic redevelopment project in the capital.

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