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Friday, July 20, 2012
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Special Japanese breakfast in Hakone
The Odakyu Hotel de Yama in the resort area of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, is offering an accommodation package that comes with the hotel's special Japanese breakfast, through Aug. 31.
The hotel is located by Lake Ashi, an area where guests can enjoy the abundant natural scenery, as well as hot springs, and enjoy a little relief from the summer heat.
The overnight accommodation package offers the special breakfast at the hotel's Japanese restaurant Tsutsuji no Chaya, which has great views of the lake.
One of the special dishes of the breakfast is the executive chef's original miso soup containing various ingredients from the nearby sea and mountains. It includes shrimp from Suruga Bay around Shizuoka Prefecture and fresh seasonal vegetables from the Miura area of southeast Kanagawa Prefecture. Other dishes also use seasonal ingredients. The breakfast helps guests start the day renewed and refreshed.
The package is available from ¥17,150 per person, double occupancy, including taxes and a service charge.
The Odakyu 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 (0460) 83-6321 or visit www.odakyu-hotel.co.jp/yama-hotel.
Summer sweets buffet in Yokohama
The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers is holding a special nighttime sweets buffet fair called Sweets Parade at its second-floor lounge Seawind, through Aug. 31.
The all-you-can-eat style of dining offers a range of desserts featuring peaches and mangoes. Such desserts include mango cakes, mango panna cotta, peach mousse and peach jelly.
One of the recommended dishes is peach crepe melba style: peach juice and liqueur with raspberry-flavored caramel sauce. On the crepe, guests can choose their toppings, such as fresh cream, fresh fruits and sliced almonds.
In addition, light foods such as sandwiches, Caesar salad, house breads and daily, hearty soups, are available, as well as soft drinks.
During the term, the fair is held every Thursday and Friday from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. without a time limit. It is available at ¥2,728 per person including tax but subject to a service charge.
The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers is a 1-minute walk from Yokohama Station. For more information and reservations, call (045) 411-1111 or visit www.yokohamabay-sheraton.co.jp.
New hotel to open Aug. 10 in Asakusa
On Aug. 10, Hulic Hotel Management Co. will open The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon in the middle of the Asakusa area of Tokyo.
The hotel is conveniently located in the quaint yet lively Asakusa district, where people can enjoy the neighborhood's traditional culture as well as travel easily to other unique and dynamic destinations of the city.
The concept of the hotel is "intimacy" and it aims to attract customers looking for sensitivity to individual needs. The hotel will help visitors relax during their stay through the stylish, simple interior design and personalized services.
At its restaurant and bar R, located on the 13th floor, guests can enjoy authentic European cuisines with expansive views of the area, including a view of Tokyo Skytree. Terrace seats are also available for guests to take in the scenery in the open air. Also, the bar offers various kinds of drinks from all over the world and guests can enjoy them with a range of dishes while sitting at the spacious, long bar.
The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is a 2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro or Toei Asakusa station, or a 3-minute walk from Tobu Asakusa Station. For more information, call (03) 5826-3877 or visit www.gate-hotel.jp.