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Friday, April 2, 2010


Stay for weeks or months in Niseko

Hilton Niseko Village is offering a Hilton Long Stay Package accommodation plan from April 1 through Nov. 30.

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The package starts from ¥100,000 per week and from ¥400,000 per month, per person, at double occupancy, and includes a number of benefits to make the stay comfortable.

The package includes complimentary daily breakfast (room service available), access to the fitness center, daily afternoon tea at the hotel lounge and use of Video On Demand and the Internet. Guests also receive discounts on the following: dining at hotel restaurants, stays for visiting family members, laundry, golf and 45-minute spa treatments.

Located at the mountain resort of Niseko in Hokkaido, a variety of outdoor activities, such as golf, tennis, rafting, horse riding, fly-fishing and hot-air balloon rides can be enjoyed at and around the hotel.

Hilton Niseko Village is in Higashiyama Onsen, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido. A free shuttle bus service is available between the hotel and JR Kutchan Station. For more information or reservations, call (0136) 44-1111.

Take in cherry blossoms by bike

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo is offering a cycling and stay package through April 30.

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Guests can enjoy cycling with the hotel's electric bicycles and refresh at the hotel's Spa & Fitness facility, which has a natural hot spring.

The electric bicycles enable guests to easily visit tourist attractions in Tokyo without dealing with crowded public transportation. The package is timed with the cherry blossom season, and major viewing spots near the hotel are within cycling distance, such as Shiba Park, Hamarikyu Garden, Chidorigafuchi by the Imperial Palace and Sakurazaka by Roppongi Hills.

The package is ¥34,000 per room for a Superior Twin Room, including breakfast, free use of an electric bicycle for a day and free one-time use of the Spa & Fitness facility. Additionally, check-in time is 5 p.m. while check-out time is extended by three hours to 3 p.m. Bike rental is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo is a two-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on the Toei Oedo Line and a three-minute walk from Shibakoen Station on the Toei Mita Line. For further information, call (03) 5400-1111.

Westin Tokyo beefs up its brand

Teppanyaki restaurant Ebisu at The Westin Tokyo started selling the restaurant's own brand of beef, "Ebisu-gyu (Ebisu Beef)," from April 1.

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Developed during a three-year-long effort by the hotel's executive chef and the teppanyaki restaurant's chef, Ebisu-gyu is grown exclusively at Kagoshima's Nozaki Farm, known as a producer of quality kuroge wagyu (Japanese black beef), using specially blended feed. The cattle are fed a nutritious molasses, which is high in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and helps to make the lean part of the beef better in quality. A fine texture with a good balance of marbling and lean meat, rich flavor with a clean finish, are the characteristics of Ebisu-gyu.

Ebisu-gyu courses are available from ¥8,000 for lunch and from ¥16,000 for dinner.

Ebisu is open between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for lunch and between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for dinner. A la carte dishes are also available.

The Westin Tokyo is in Ebisu Garden Place, a seven-minute walk from Ebisu Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5423-7790.

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