The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is located on the hill of Hie Shrine, which has long been called the "Hoshigaoka" (Hill of Stars) and celebrated as a place for gazing upon the beautiful starry night sky.
In the early 20th century, epicure Rosanjin Kitaoji founded a "Bishoku" (Gourmet) Club called "Hoshigaoka Saryo" on the hill. It became a gathering places for many influential members of the political and economic worlds.
In June 1963, when the nation was preparing for the Tokyo Olympic games that were held the following year, the first international branded hotel in Japan "Tokyo Hilton" was established there.
This hotel was operated as Tokyo Hilton for twenty years and as "Capitol Tokyu Hotel" for twenty-three years, and played a leading role in the growth of the hotel industry in Japan. Many VIPs from all over the world, including world famous celebrities such as the Beatles and the Three Tenors, have selected Capitol Tokyu Hotel for their stay in Tokyo.
Capitol Tokyu Hotel closed its doors in November 2006, much to the disappointment of the guests who had supported the hotel over its forty-three year long history. The spirit of its hospitality will live on when The Capitol Hotel Tokyu opens for business in fall 2010, beginning the next stage of its history.