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Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Two capitals accommodation plan

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto, in collaboration with the Park Hyatt Tokyo, is offering an accommodation package that will introduce guests to two of Japan's most fascinating cities — Kyoto, the ancient capital, and Tokyo.

"East West Discovery" includes a minimum four nights' accommodation (two nights' minimum at each hotel); daily breakfast; a one-way bullet train ticket for two between Kyoto and Tokyo; and car transfer to and from JR Kyoto Station to the Hyatt Regency Kyoto.

Stays are from ¥28,000 for double occupancy per night at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto and from ¥54,000 double occupancy per night at the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

Consecutive stays at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto and Park Hyatt Tokyo are required.

The plan is available from Jan. 4 through Aug. 31.

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a five-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is a 12-minute walk from Shinjuku Station or an eight-minute walk from Tochomae Station. For more information, call (075) 541-3210 (Hyatt Regency Kyoto) or (03) 5322-1234 (Park Hyatt Tokyo).

Royal Park New Year's menus

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Restaurant Harmony on the 24th floor of the Royal Park Shiodome Tower will hold a New Year's Lunch Buffet from Jan. 1 to 3.

As well as the usual buffet selections, including Restaurant Harmony's signature foie gras omelet with truffle sauce and its popular gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp saute), special dishes will be available for New Year's, such as rice salad with salmon roe and marinated salmon, made in the style of chirashi sushi.

The lunch buffet is ¥4,000 per person. The restaurant will also serve a special lunch course (¥4,000) and dinner course (¥7,000) for New Year's. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Prices are exclusive of tax and service.

The Royal Park Shiodome is located in Shiodome Tower, a three-minute walk from Shinbashi Station or a one-minute walk from Shiodome Station. For details and reservations, call Restaurant Harmony at (03) 6253-1130 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

New Year's Buffet in Kobe

The Crowne Plaza Kobe will serve a New Year's Buffet in its 10th-floor ballroom from Jan. 1 to 3.

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Seafood such as crab, tuna, salmon and scallops, as well as other seasonal ingredients, will be cooked in front of diners at a "Kitchen Stadium" in the center of the room. Staff will also show off their skill at carving roast beef.

Responding to reviews from customers who have enjoyed the buffet in the past, popular favorites such as a seafood rice bowl using Mita rice from Hyogo Prefecture, domestic beef teppanyaki and freshly made Oku-izumo buckwheat noodles from Shimane Prefecture will return to the lineup. Guests can even help make the noodles themselves.

There will be traditional New Year's rituals, such as kagami- biraki (cutting a rice cake) and rice-cake pounding, a cappella singing and a corner where kids can enjoy games often seen at traditional New Year's festivals, such as target shooting.

The buffet is available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and costs ¥7,500 for adults, ¥6,500 for seniors (over 65), ¥4,000 for elementary school children, and ¥2,000 for those aged between 4 and 6.

Beer, whiskey, sake and wine are available for ¥500 each.

¥500 discount tickets can be purchased through Dec. 31.

The Crowne Plaza Kobe is a one-minute walk from Shin-Kobe bullet train station or a 16-minute walk from Sannomiya Station. For more information, call (0120) 75-4160 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.



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