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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

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HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo garden views; free gospel concert at Hyatt Regency; Windsor Toya snow festival plan

Garden view bathroom at Chinzanso

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so in the Mejiro district of Tokyo will change its name to Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo on Jan. 1, as its operating company terminates its business alliance with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

The hotel opened at Chinzan-so's garden on Jan. 16, 1992, and its alliance with the foreign luxury hotel brand attracted many guests. After 20 years, however, guests' needs have shifted from brand awareness to "genuineness" and from the "universal" to the "unique," said Fujita Kanko Inc., which operates the hotel, in its press release explaining why the hotel is splitting from the "Four Seasons" brand.

Concurrent with the name change, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will establish two new room types that have bathrooms with excellent views of its famed garden: View Bath Suite and View Bath Superior. Guests can take a bath overlooking the 66,000-sq.-meter garden, which offers views of myriad colors every season.

Also on Jan. 1, the hotel will open a new room with a large walk-in closet, a kitchen, a refrigerator, a washing machine and a dryer for guests on long stays.

The rack rate per night, excluding taxes and service charges, of the View Bath Suite (93 sq. meters) is ¥150,000, the View Bath Superior (45 sq. meters) is ¥50,000 and the long-stay room (83 sq. meters) is ¥120,000.

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a 10-minute walk or a 4-minute taxi ride from Edogawabashi Station and a 7-minute taxi ride from Mejiro Station.

Free gospel concert at Hyatt Regency

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Visitors can enjoy a free gospel concert and a complimentary glass of wine at the Atrium Lobby of the Hyatt Regency Tokyo in Shinjuku on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

The hotel has invited the Dreamers Union Choir, which has performed at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, on the cruise ship Asuka II and other venues. The choir's performances during this special time of the year are intended to help you enjoy an unforgettable experience with friends and loved ones. The choir has also performed on an album by the Grammy Award-winners Sounds of Blackness.

The Christmas gospel concerts will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7?p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 25. The one-hour countdown gospel concert on Dec. 31 starts from 11:30 p.m., lasting into New Year's Day.

The Atrium Lobby is on the second floor of the hotel. All are welcome to stop by for the free concerts and drinks at any time during the performances to enjoy the soulful music.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is a 1-minute walk from Tochomae Station, a 4-minute walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station or a 9-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 3348-1234 or visit www.tokyo.regency.hyatt.com.

Snow festival plan at Windsor Toya

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The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort and Spa in Hokkaido will offer a special accommodation plan during the Sapporo Snow Festival in early February.

From Feb. 5 to Feb.?11, the plan at the resort hotel southwest of Sapporo includes three meals and a chauffeur service between the hotel and the following: New Chitose Airport, the Sapporo Snow Festival and the Chitose-Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival. The plan for one night starts from ¥51,500 per person and two nights starts from ¥81,000 per person.

The dinner includes French cuisine, Japanese kaiseki (traditional haut-cuisine courses) or teppanyaki (Japanese-style grilling on a griddle) from three restaurants that were each awarded three Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide Hokkaido 2012. For lunch, the hotel will prepare bento lunch boxes for guests to take along with them to eat while sightseeing.

As an option, guests can also get a 10 percent discount for in-room massages or the use of the spa.

The Windsor Hotel Toya Resorts and Spa is 2 hours and 30 minutes from New Chitose Airport by bus. The hotel hosted the Group of Eight Summit in July 2008.


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