Photo/IllutrationThe renewed main lobby of The Okura Tokyo, whose design matches many much-loved features of the original structure, in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Sept. 6 (Satoru Semba)

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Tokyo's famed Hotel Okura, acclaimed as a "masterpiece of Japanese modernism" before its main building was torn down in 2015 due to aging, will reopen on Sept. 12 with its much-beloved lobby retained as past guests remember it.

The historic hotel, located close to the U.S. Embassy in the capital's Minato Ward, has hosted movie and rock stars as well as royal families since it opened in 1962.

The hotel offered media representatives a sneak preview of the interior of the 17-story Heritage Wing and 41-story Prestige Tower of the renamed “The Okura Tokyo” on Sept. 6.

Designed by the late architect Yoshiro Taniguchi, the interior of the old building was heavily influenced by traditional art and culture.

Signatures poured in from Japan and overseas to retain the characteristics of the main lobby of the old building.

As a result, the new building continues to boast a string of “Okura Lanterns” from the ceiling as well as its exquisite layout of tables and chairs “representing Japanese plum flowers” in full bloom.

The eighth to 25th floors of the tower are reserved for company offices.

The new structures boast 508 guest rooms.