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Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Autumn sweets, sake and afternoon tea
Autumn sweets at Hilton Odawara
The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, about an hour by train west of Tokyo, is holding its Autumn Sweets Promotion in the hotel's first-floor Tealax- Lounge until Oct. 31.
On offer will be eight different cakes or tarts made using quality autumn fruit such as pears, apples, grapes and chestnuts.
The fruit comes from the Shiobara Farm and the Azumino Family Farm in Nagano, both of which are well known among pastry chefs for not using chemicals and for employing processes that maximize freshness and juice quality.
The sweets available include pear shortcake, caramel apple pie and Japanese-chestnut Mont Blanc.
They can be enjoyed a la carte (¥630 each) or with a drink (¥1,365): coffee or one of more than 70 kinds of tea, including "Roibosh Caramel" and "Roibosh Cherry," perfectly match the autumn-sweet specialties.
The restaurant is open between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Sun. and holidays.
The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Odawara Station. There is a weekday shuttle bus from the station and a daily shuttle-bus service from Nebukawa Station, two stops from Odawara.
For more information, call (0465) 29-1000.
Autumn teatime at the Conrad
Twenty-Eight Bar & Lounge at the Conrad Tokyo hotel in Shiodome, Tokyo, also features autumn fruit with its popular "Autumn Afternoon Tea" set, which is on offer between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31.
Sweets such as Mont Blanc and Kyoho grape jelly — and other menu items, such as scones, sandwiches and other finger foods — can be enjoyed while guests gaze upon commanding views of Hama-rikyu Gardens and Tokyo Bay from the windows of the lobby lounge, which is set eight meters from the ground.
"Autumn Afternoon Tea" is available from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for ¥3,500. Reservations are required.
The Conrad Tokyo is located at Tokyo Shiodome Building, a one-minute walk from Shiodome Station.
For more information or reservations, call (03) 6388-8000.
Fall Sake Festival in Osaka
On Oct. 3, the Japan Brewer's Association will bring its annual Fall Sake Festival to Osaka, giving sake buffs their first chance to taste this year's brew following its rounding out and maturing over the past six months.
The popular event, which features premium sake from about 80 breweries, will be held at the Osaka Merchant's Mart (OMM) in Tenmabashi from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tickets are ¥4,000 in advance and ¥4,500 on the day of the festival, and each guest will receive a 720-ml bottle of ginjoshu to take home as a souvenir.
Snacks will not be available at the venue, so it's a good idea to have a light meal before you arrive (no food is allowed in the exhibition hall).
Tenmabashi Osaka Merchant's Mart 2F, Hall C, Chuo-ku Otemae 1-7-31 ( 6943-2982). For advance tickets, contact the Brewer's Association at (03) 3378-1231, fax (03) 3378-1232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 29.
(Listing courtesy of Bento.com)