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Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
45th anniversary food fairs
The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a variety of culinary fairs, including the 45th Anniversary Premium Kaiseki dinner at Kato's Dining & Bar through Nov. 2.
The restaurant will be offering a kaiseki meal worth ¥12,000 for just ¥8,400. Diners can also pay a little extra for more extravagant selections. The chef's recommendation in this eight-course meal is the grilled dish of seasonal delicacies — blowfish and several types of mushrooms, including matsutake — which guests grill themselves on a charcoal-fire heated stone.
The kaiseki meal is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Guests who make reservations will also receive free tickets to the New Otani Art Museum, which will be showing "Townswomen's Fashion: Kosode and Ukiyo-e Paintings in the Edo Period" from Oct. 3 through Nov. 23.
The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a three-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station. For reservations, call (03) 3221-2857.
Izakaya fun by the sea
The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is holding a Bayside Izakaya Club food promotion through Dec. 15 at its buffet dining restaurant Ocean Terrace.
Ocean Terrace is a casual, izakaya-like eatery but with the high-standard service of the hotel, and is an ideal place to drop in for a drink after work or shopping, or to entertain a small casual party.
The buffet, which offers dishes similar to those of an izakaya, has 37 varieties of appetizers and mains, from Western, Japanese, Chinese, and other Asian fare, together with a variety of drinks.
The menu, which changes daily, includes udon noodles, California rolls, takoyaki (octopus dumplings), pizza, spare ribs, fish and chips, tandoori chicken, dim sum, chicken satay and more.
There is also a two-hour all-you-can-drink service, which includes beer, wine, cocktails, whiskey, shochu, Chinese rice wine and soft drinks.
The buffet is available from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last orders 10:30 p.m.) and costs ¥5,500 per person. Advance tickets (¥5,000) can be purchased at the Patisserie on the first floor, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is a two-minute walk from Minatomirai Station or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station. For more information or reservations, call (045) 223-2267.
Ready for the 'Tour de Kyoto'?
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is hosting its third bicycle tour on Sat., Oct. 31.
The "Touch Kyoto Green & Ride Tour 2009" is a new and eco-friendly way to discover the beautiful nature and historical scenery of Kyoto.
The 40-km tour, suitable for beginner and intermediate- level cyclists, starts at the hotel and moves on to Kibune and Kurama, north of the city, visiting Kamigamo Shrine, Kurama Temple and the Kurama hot springs along the way.
Participants can bring their own bicycle or use one of the U.S. Cannondale bikes that are available for no charge. During the tour, there'll be advice (in Japanese and English) on efficient pedaling and hill climbing so that participants can enjoy the tour comfortably and improve their cycling skills.
The tour meets at 9 a.m. in the lobby and is expected to be back at the hotel around 4:30 p.m. After a shower and sauna at the hotel's Riraku Spa and Fitness, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The tour costs ¥12,000, including insurance. The maximum number of participants is 10. Reservations are accepted until Oct. 14, on a first-come, first-served basis.
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. For reservations, call (075) 541-3215 (10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. to Fri.) or e-mail: PR.Kyoto@hyatt.com