The main building of the historic Hotel Okura Tokyo closed Monday for demolition and a rebuild after 53 years of hosting fascinating guests amid Japanese decorative beauty. The hotel's guest list of dignitaries and celebrities has arguably been as impressive as its interiors.

The rebuilding work is aimed at meeting an expected boost in the number of foreign tourists ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

On the final day, aficionados, patrons and members of the press snapped photos and crowded the main lobby, where a pianist and string ensemble played as the clock ticked toward the 11 p.m. close.