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Friday, July 1, 2011

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HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

A Grand escape from the Tokyo heat

Hassle-free hotel package in Hakone

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is offering a special summer accommodation plan called Cool Me Down, for customers to relax and beat the heat during the hottest months of the year, through Sept. 30.

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This summer, as Japan prepares for possible energy shortages, the Japanese phrases for "conserving energy" and "heat countermeasures" are heard often. The Grand Hyatt Tokyo envisions becoming a summer retreat from the heat in the center of Tokyo.

The plan comes with a bottle of Champagne and a CD of the hotel's original healing music. Guests on the plan will be allowed to use the spa and fitness facility Nagomi for free and receive 20 percent off the cost of spa treatments. Guests will stay in a Grand Room and have late checkout at 2 p.m.

As an option, guests on the plan can have lunch at the hotel's Japanese restaurant, Shunbou, with a shaved-ice dessert.

The plan starts from ¥33,495 for single occupancy and from ¥39,270 for double occupancy. The plan with lunch starts from ¥34,650 for single occupancy and from ¥41,580 for double occupancy. The prices include tax and service charge, but there is an additional Tokyo accommodation tax of ¥200 per guest, per night.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is located in the Roppongi Hills complex, a 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo subway lines. For more information and reservations, call (0120) 088-188 or visit www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.jp.

Aussie cuisine pays visit to Nagoya

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The Hilton Nagoya will hold a Modern Australian Gourmet Promotion from July 15 to 24 at its buffet restaurant, The Terrace, with visiting executive chef Gary Johnson from the Hilton Sydney.

Johnson was named Chef of the Year by the 2011 Australian Hotel Association NSW (New South Wales) Accommodation Awards for Excellence and will bring authentic modern Australian cuisine with his unique style to the menu.

Combining European ingredients with Asian spices, the chef prepares a range of Australian dishes such as the popular king prawns with macadamia nuts and mango salsa, white fish with miso hollandaise and lamb rack in truffle jus.

The lunch buffet is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ¥2,900, and the dinner buffet is available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for ¥4,200. For children ages 4 to 12, the lunch buffet costs ¥1,900 and the dinner buffet ¥2,400. The prices include tax and service charge.

Also during the promotion, the hotel's Japanese restaurant, Genji, will offer teppanyaki dishes using Australian products.

The Hilton Nagoya is a 15-minute walk from Nagoya Station and about 35 minutes by train from Central Japan International Airport. For more information or to make reservations, call (052) 212-1151 or visit www.hilton.co.jp/nagoya.

Hassle-free hotel package in Hakone

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Through Sept. 30, the Hotel de Yama in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, is offering a special accommodation service that includes bus transportation.

The Odakyu bus departs from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo and stops along the way at places such as Ikejiri-ohashi in Tokyo, Eda in Kanagawa Prefecture and Gotenba in Shizuoka Prefecture, arriving at the hotel entrance in about 2? hours. Customers can reserve the bus along with their hotel reservation. The bus is equipped with a toilet and all seats are reserved. It departs from Shinjuku Station four times a day and from the hotel five times a day.

The plan, available from ¥20,800 per person for double occupancy, offers a one-night stay with dinner and breakfast. For dinner, customers can pick French cuisine or a Japanese kaiseki course meal, and there are Western- and Japanese-style breakfast options.

Customers can enjoy a refreshing and relaxing time in Hakone with its well-known hot springs.

The price includes tax, service charge and use of the hot springs.

The Hotel de Yama is a 15-minute walk from Moto-Hakone Port. Shuttle buses from the port are also available. For more information or reservations, call Odakyu Travel at (03) 3343-6600.


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