Iconic Tokyo hotel to be replaced with skyscraper

The Okura hotel, built in 1962 and famous for playing host to politicians and film stars, has closed its doors for good.

Tokyo’s Okura hotel was built in 1962 and has played host to politicians, film stars and even James Bond.

Its owners now want to replace it with a modern skyscraper.

Campaigners from around the world tried to save it, arguing it is an important piece of the Japanese capital’s cultural heritage.

But their campaign was ultimately unsuccessful. 

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from Tokyo.