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Friday, Jan. 4, 2008
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Urban night cruise; special buffet at New Otani; and dinner for two
Urban night cruise
The Conrad Tokyo has put together an exclusive accommodation and nighttime cruise package for small groups.
Located in the bayside area of Shiodome, the hotel offers panoramic views of Tokyo Bay and Hamarikyu Garden. The Urban Cruise Night package combines a stay at the hotel and a one-hour nighttime tour of Tokyo Bay on the private cruiser the Urban Launch.
The luxurious interior of the cruiser has a bar counter, a sofa and even a bed, and guests can relax and enjoy night views of the Tokyo Bay skyline with complimentary champagne and snacks. The cruiser departs daily from Shibaura pier at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The one-night package, which is available from Jan. 4 through March 31, starts at ¥131,000 for double occupancy and ¥141,000 for triple occupancy. It includes transportation between the hotel and the pier and breakfast at Cerise, the hotel's casual brasserie that was created by Gordon Ramsay.
The hotel is located in the Tokyo Shiodome Building, a 1-minute walk from Shiodome Station or a 7-minute walk from Shinbashi Station.
For more details or reservations, call (03) 6388-8000.
Crab and roast beef buffet
The Hotel New Otani is holding a crab and roast beef buffet at Top of the Tower, the 40th-floor restaurant that features panoramic views of the Tokyo metropolis.
The buffet features various crab dishes — one of the most popular winter treats in Japan — including steamed crab legs full of sweet, succulent meat, as well as the restaurant's popular roast beef.
One of the buffet's highlights is Bretagne-style galette (buckwheat crepes), which will be freshly cooked on the buffet table with crab meat, vegetables such as zucchini and green peppers, eggs and cheese. Other selections include crab paella, crab and mushroom gratin, crab and spinach quiche and more.
The buffet is available through Feb. 29 11:30 at a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. The lunch buffet costs ¥5,040 for adults and ¥3,150 for children (age 4 to 12); the dinner buffet is ¥7,875 and ¥4,725, including tax and service charges.
The hotel is a 3-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3238-0023.
Pair dinner at Rihga Royal Osaka
The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is now offering dinner courses named Pour Vous for two people through Feb. 29 at six of its restaurants.
The various restaurants, which serve French, Italian, Chinese or Japanese cuisine, will each prepare a pair dinner course that can be shared by two — couples or friends alike — for ¥20,000. And while it may be far off, guests dinning on Valentine's Day will receive a tasty gift from the hotel's chocolate shop L'eclat.
The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Higobashi Station. There are shuttle bus services from Umeda and Yodoyabashi stations.
For more information or reservation, call (06) 6448-1121.