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Friday, Nov. 16, 2007

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Christmas in Hakone

Christmas in Hakone

For those who would like a quieter seasonal setting away from bright lights and crowded stores, the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa is offering a Christmas Celebration accommodation package from Nov. 28 to Dec. 25.

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The Hyatt is located in the beautiful natural setting of Gora in Hakone, a hot-spring resort in Kanagawa Prefecture. The hotel's lounge, which looks out onto a Christmas tree in the courtyard, will be decorated with wreaths, garlands, candles and other ornaments, and guests can relax by an open fire as night falls. At twilight, free wine and champagne will be served with Christmas hors d'oeuvres. After dark, there will be a dinner of Provencal cuisine or fresh sushi.

Room charges for the one-night package (double occupancy), that includes dinner and breakfast, start from ¥56,594.

The Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa is a 5-minute walk from Gora Station on the Hakone Tozan Tetsudo Line. Gora Station is 35 minutes from Hakone Yumoto Station, which is 85 minutes from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on the Odakyu Romance Car Limited Express.

For more details or reservations, telephone (0120) 123 420.

All-star resort cuisine

Dieter Koschina, executive chef of the Michelin two-star restaurant Vila Joya in Albufeira, Portugal, is coming to the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku to prepare southern European resort cuisine.

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Three French dinner courses, priced at ¥8,000, ¥12,000 and ¥16,000, will be served with Portuguese wine at the hotel's 41st-floor Girandole restaurant.

Koschina became the executive chef at Vila Joya in 1990, after working at the Michelin three-star restaurant Tantris in Munich, Germany, and the two-star Tristan in Majorca, Spain. Using fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean, Koschina's original cooking style has earned him a fine reputation among European gourmets. Vila Joya received its second Michelin star in 1995.

The courses are available from Nov. 30 through Dec. 8, between 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The hotel is a 12-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station and an 8-minute walk from Tochomae Station on the Oedo Subway Line.

For more details or reservations, call (03) 5323-3459.

Mandarin's second anniversary

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The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo will mark its second anniversary on Dec. 2 by holding a gala dinner, featuring Grand Vin wines from France, at the 37th-floor, French-inspired Dining Signature (pictured) on Dec. 1.

Chef Olivier Rodriguez's special menu will feature caviar, foie gras and truffles. The dinner will be complemented by award-winning wines from the famed Bordeaux region, including a selection of Dom Perignon, Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau d'Yquem. Philippe Sauzedde, Dom Perignon brand ambassador for Japan, will attend the dinner, which starts at 7 p.m. and costs ¥70,000 per person.

The hotel is adjacent to Mitsukoshi-mae and Shin-Nihonbashi stations, and a 7-minute walk from Nihonbashi and Kanda stations.

For more information or reservations, call (0120) 806-823.

Thanksgiving at Hard Rock Cafe

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Starting Nov. 22, the Hard Rock Cafe will serve a Thanksgiving dinner with traditional roast turkey, classic cranberry sauce and all the trimmings, together with pilaf and boiled vegetables.

The plate costs ¥1,890 and will be available at the restaurant's Tokyo and Yokohama branches through Nov. 25.

The Tokyo branch ([03] 3408-7018) is a 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya and Oedo lines, and the Yokohama branch ([045] 682-5626) is located in Yokohama Queen's Square, just in front of the Landmark Tower.



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