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Friday, May 1, 2009
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Korean BBQ, Shinto weddings and Golden Week buffet
Korean BBQ by the bay
Toraji Corporation, operator of Korean BBQ restaurants in Tokyo, opened its first in-hotel restaurants last month at the Hotel InterContinental Tokyo Bay.
Because of the hotel's location close to Tokyo Bay, diners at the Korean BBQ Toraji Ilsim and Teppanyaki Isshin can enjoy views of Rainbow Bridge and the hustle and bustle of the bay's marine traffic from every table. The interior employs latticework, a traditional Korean decoration and Japanese materials to create a mixed Korean-Japanese atmosphere.
Toraji Ilsim serves a variety of carefully selected beef, including thick salted tongue (¥1,501), which has been a Toraji specialty since the first restaurant opened; Korean BBQ's staple short ribs (¥1,386) and massive skirt steaks (¥2,287); and a selection of side menus, such as oxtail soup (¥785), light-roasted loin sushi (¥1,386) and Korean cold noodles (¥1,016). The restaurant also offers beef in small portions, such as two-piece servings, so diners can try a number of cuts.
A step up from the Ilsim's dining area, you'll find Teppanyaki Isshin's sizzling hot plate and counter. Jinsekigyu, a brand of black wagyu beef bred in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, is being served here for the first time in a Tokyo restaurant, and it will be cooked in front of you together with fresh seafood and vegetables. Courses start from ¥9,240.
The restaurants are open 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. on weekdays; and 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
The Hotel InterContinental Tokyo Bay is adjacent to Takeshiba Station on the Yurikamome Line or an 8-minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station. For more information, call (03) 5425-2929.
Tying the knot, Shinto style
The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is offering betrothed couples from around the world the unique opportunity to experience a Shinto wedding in the ancient capital of Kyoto.
The package combines a three-night stay in a luxurious Junior Suite room with breakfast and an authentic Shinto wedding conducted by an English-speaking gon-negi (shrine priest) at one of Kyoto's oldest and most famous shrines, Kamigamo Jinja, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, all planned and supported by the hotel.
A complete traditional wedding-attire rental and modern hairstyling service is provided for the bride and groom. You can consult with a hotel planner if you wish to have additional items such as a traditional wig or other hair decorations.
After the wedding, the couple will return to the hotel for a celebratory traditional kaiseki dinner at the traditional Kyoto-style Shiokoji Rakusui guesthouse. Limousine service is provided between the hotel and shrine.
The package costs ¥500,000, not counting 5 percent consumption tax. Family and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony, but accommodation, transfers and wedding dinner fees are additional.
The plan is available through Dec. 29, except for certain dates. There will be an additional charge of ¥10,500 if you arrive at the hotel on a Saturday or on some other dates.
Golden Week lunch buffet
The Royal Park Hotel in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, has prepared a special lunch buffet for the Golden Week holidays.
The Golden Week Sky Lunch Buffet in the Sky Lounge Orpheus on the 20th floor offers Japanese, Western and Chinese-style cuisine. Examples include sushi and buckwheat noodles, a selection of Chinese dim sum, Caesar salad and pastas. It also features abundant use of organic vegetables and menus popular with kids, such as hamburgers, chicken rice gratin and takoyaki (octopus dumplings).
The buffet is ¥5,250 for adults, ¥3,150 for children (4-12 years old) and ¥4,725 for seniors (over 65 years old), and is available between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., from May 2 to 6.
The Royal Park Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Ningyo-cho Station on the Asakusa Line; there is a direct link between the hotel and Suitengu-mae Station on the Hanzomon Line. For more information, call (03) 3667-1111.