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Friday, June 13, 2008

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Beer by the sea, champagne by the gallon

Seaside Beer Terrace opens in Kobe

The Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel's Seaside Beer Terrace will open June 13.

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Through Aug. 31, visitors to the third-floor terrace can enjoy soothing summer evening breezes overlooking the ocean while they sip their suds, soft drinks and cocktails.

Along with the essential summer beer, some 70 kinds of fruit liqueur cocktails, shochu and soft drinks will be available. The food menu includes more than 30 kinds of snacks, which are priced at ¥500 or ¥1,000.

Ninety minutes of drinks with an appetizer costs ¥2,500 for adults and ¥1,000 for children (age 4-12), and there's a special rate of ¥1,000 for women on Wednesdays. For groups of more than six people, there's a ¥5,000 per-person party plan that includes drinks and 11 dishes.

The Seaside Beer Terrace is open between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. (last orders taken at 9 p.m.) on weekdays, and between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (last orders at 8 p.m.) on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. The terrace will be closed on rainy days.

The hotel is located in Kobe's oceanfront Meriken Park, an eight-minute walk from Minato-Motomachi Subway Station. There is a shuttle bus from Kobe and Sannomiya stations to the hotel.

For further information or reservations, call (0120) 59-8112 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Weekend champagne brunch

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The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is serving a special champagne brunch at the 7th floor Ekki Bar & Grill restaurant.

The new-style Ekki Weekend Champagne Brunch offers the choicest champagnes, delicious food and live bossa nova music.

Three brunch courses are available. Each has a soup starter; a main dish that includes an appetizer, egg and two selections; a dessert plate with chef's choice ice cream; and coffee or tea.

Free-flowing Krug champagne, which is said to be even better than the famed Dom Perignon, and Veuve Clicquot, which has an especially refreshing flavor, will contribute to a very special weekend afternoon.

Brunches with Veuve Clicquot are from ¥7,900 and those with Krug from ¥10,900. The brunch is available between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

On June 14 and 15, as a Father's Day promotion, the hotel will offer BMW test drives before or after brunch (if no alcohol consumed), with prior reservations.

BMW staff will be on hand to provide brief explanations on the BMW 7 series, 6 series and Mini models, which will then be available for test drives on the roads around the hotel — which take you around Marunouchi, Ginza, and the Imperial Palace.

The hotel is adjacent to Tokyo Station and a three-minute walk from Kyobashi Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5222-5810.



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