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Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Stay in Tokyo for a strawberry buffet
Through May 8, the Hilton Tokyo is offering a new accommodation package called Strawberry Party Stay, timed to coincide with the Strawberry Dessert Fair at its 24-hour dining facility, Marble Lounge.
Combining a one-night stay with the dessert buffet, the package allows guests to have their fill of strawberry sweets during their time in Shinjuku.
The buffet offers some 30 varieties of strawberry desserts, including strawberry almond tart, strawberry mille-feuille and strawberry cheesecake, along with some light dishes such as chimaki (glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed) and sandwiches.
The dessert buffet is open for two seatings, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The plan allows guests to enjoy the buffet at either time, before or after check-in.
The package is for two guests staying together and costs ¥34,400 for a room on a Hilton Floor (8th-19th floor), ¥38,400 on a Deluxe Floor (20th-31st floor), and ¥46,400 on an Executive Floor (32nd-38th floor). Service fees and taxes are included.
The Hilton Tokyo is a two-minute walk from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station or a 10-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3344-5111 or visit www.hilton.co.jp/tokyo.
Sparkling way to end the day
On weekday evenings through Feb. 28, the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, is welcoming visitors to its Lobby Lounge with a special offer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. called Sparkling Moments.
For ¥5,000 per person, visitors can finish off the day by indulging in a luxurious experience, starting with a glass of Dom Perignon. In addition, the offer includes a light meal such as canapes or sandwiches, all-you-can-drink red and white wines of the day, fresh fruit flambe, and coffee or tea.
Set on the 28th floor, the Lobby Lounge has spectacular views of Tokyo while its elegant decor, with chandeliers made of sparkling crystal beads, offers relaxing comfort.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, is a two-minute walk from Tokyo Station. For more information or reservations, visit www.shangri-la.com, or call (03) 6739-7888.
Shinkansen feast in Fukuoka
The Hotel Okura Fukuoka will hold its Kagoshima Fair from Feb. 1 through March 10 to celebrate the completion of the Kyushu Shinkansen Line's Kagoshima route, which will become fully operational in March.
As part of the event, the hotel's restaurants and bars will offer special menus using a wide variety of ingredients from Kagoshima Prefecture, such as kurobuta pork, kuroushi beef, yellow tail and kibinago (silver-stripe round herring).
One of the highlights of the fair is the gala dinner. A special course will be prepared by acclaimed chef Masami Hoshina, a guest chef from the Castle Park Hotel, Kagoshima, and Hotel Okura Fukuoka's Executive Chef Yoshiichi Watanabe. Sharing their skills and knowledge, they will introduce regional culture and ingredients from around Kyushu. This is the third time the two hotels are co-hosting such an event, a rarity for hotels from different groups.
The gala dinner will start from 7 p.m. on March 15 in the Heian Room and costs ¥19,000 per person with a drink, service charges and tax included.
The Hotel Okura Fukuoka is five minutes by subway from Hakata Station, accessible from the Nakasu-Kawabata subway station. For more information or reservations, call (092) 262-1111.