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“Spa for papa,” rooftop beers in Kyoto and the world’s largest sake fair

Spa vacation for dad’s special day

For Father’s Day on June 15, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo has prepared a gift ticket package that will give dads time to relax, get rid of their daily stress and check out how healthy, or unhealthy, their lifestyles are.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s “Spa for Papa” package includes a 70-minute private workout at the 38th-floor fitness center, 30-minute use of the jet bath and dry sauna at the Heat and Water Area on the 37th floor, and 80 minutes of body or facial treatment. During the private workout, a professional instructor will teach dads how to stretch and exercise on machines to improve body balance and fitness, and offer advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle at home. Fitness wear and shoe rental, and a special nutritious drink are all included free of charge.

The gift package is ¥40,000 and can be purchased through June 16 at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo on the hotel’s 37th floor. The hotel is adjacent to Mitsukoshi-mae and Shin-Nihonbashi stations, or a seven-minute walk from Nihonbashi and Kanda stations.

For more information, call (03) 3270-8300 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Suds and snacks under the stars

A rooftop beer garden has opened at the New Miyako Hotel Kyoto near Kyoto Station.

Forty kinds of food and snacks, for example, fried chicken, spit-fried fish, meat and vegetables, oden, takoyaki, seafood salad, salmon marinade, tropical fruit and ice cream, can be enjoyed with cold beer and 18 other kinds of drinks.

The two-hour, all-you-can-eat-and-drink dinner is ¥4,000 for adults, ¥2,000 for elementary school students and ¥500 for children 3 years old and above. The beer garden is open between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (last orders 8:45 p.m.) through Sept. 6.

The hotel is a two-minute walk from the Hachijo-guchi Exit of JR Kyoto Station. For more information or reservations, call (075) 661-0051.

World’s largest sake-tasting fair

The Nihonshu Fair 2008 on Wednesday, June 11, promises to be the world’s largest sake-tasting event, offering fans the chance to try 500 award-winning premium brews (ginjoshu) and sake from every region of Japan.

The event combines two major public tastings at two locations within Ikebukuro Sunshine City; one ticket allows entry to both venues. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can sample sake to your heart’s content and then pick up a bottle for later. All the sake exhibited at the event will be available for purchase. Nibbles will be on offer to add a taste of local flavor.

Tickets are ¥3,500 at the door. Advance tickets for ¥3,000 can be ordered at Sake Plaza in Nishi-Shinbashi ([03] 3519-2091) or online at eplus.jp/sake (only in Japanese). The fair will take place at the World Import Mart Bldg., 4F, and Bunka Kaikan 4F, Ikebukuro Sunshine City, 3-1, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo.

(Listing courtesy of Bento.com)