After three years and seven months, the Meiji Life Insurance Building opened in March of 1934, as the culmination of classical office building architecture.From the wartime metal deliveries, to the fire bombing of Tokyo, to being requisitioned by the American military from 1945 to 1956 as a general headquarters for East Asian Air Force command, the Meiji Life Insurance Building lived through the turmoil of the twentieth century; to that end, in 1997, it became Japan's first building to be registered as a Tangible Cultural Asset as an example of Showa-era architecture.
Today, the building is open to the public on weekends.
Opening to the public
- Open to the public
- Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
（last entrance: 4:30 p.m.）
- Note: The building is closed from December 31 to January 3 for electrical maintenance.
Meiji Life Insurance Building Highlights
The building features a colonnade of Corinthian columns, complete with authentic ancient Greek-style entasis (outward curve). The tops of the columns are decorated with an acanthus-leaf motif.
Featuring a comfortable historic atmosphere evocative of the day the building first opened.
The bronze doors at the west and south entrances, as well as the first-floor store’s ceiling, are decorated with an acanthus-leaf motif.
Acanthus was prized by the Greeks for the beautiful shape of its leaves, leading to its use in both a wide range of ancient Greek architecture and more contemporary architecture.
The southern side of the second floor features five offices, all with wooden parquet floors and beautiful wooden paneled déor.
Second-floor meeting room no.1
The first Allied Council for Japan* was held here in April of 1946, with General MacArthur in attendance.
*A four-way meeting between representatives of the US, the UK, China, and the Soviet Union to discuss and set the policy for the postwar occupation of Japan