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Seasonal tea with flavors of autumn

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so is offering its popular Harvest Afternoon Tea set at its lobby lounge, Le Jardin, until Nov. 14.

The tea set includes a variety of appetizers featuring autumn flavors, such as an apple and Gorgonzola sandwich, a shrimp and mango tartlet, an autumn fruit cocktail and marron cake. Also, the set comes with scones in three flavors: plain, fig and pumpkin.

In addition, guests can choose from 17 kinds of tea, from classic ones to seasonal, flavored varieties. Seasonal selections include a marron-flavored tea with pink pepper and a rooibos decaffeinated tea flavored with caramel oil.

The Harvest Afternoon Tea set is available daily at ¥3,500 per person or ¥4,500 with a glass of Champagne, from noon to 6 p.m. Reservations are accepted on weekdays only.

The prices include tax; a 10 percent service charge will be added.

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so is a 10-minute walk from Edogawabashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3943-0920.

Chinese food ‘marathon’ in Osaka

On Oct. 30, the first Osaka Marathon for men and women — modeled after the popular Tokyo Marathon — will be held. Timed with the event, eight hotels in Osaka are jointly hosting a dining promotion fair called the Osaka Chinese Food Marathon, through Oct. 31.

The participating Osaka hotels are the Sheraton Miyako Hotel, the Imperial Hotel, the Hotel Granvia, the Hotel Hankyu International, the Hotel Nikko, the Hotel New Otani, the Hyatt Regency and Rihga Royal Hotel.

The Chinese restaurants at each hotel have agreed to use products from the Tohoku region in their dishes as a way to support the areas devastated by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake. For instance, the Imperial Hotel Osaka is using pork from Iwate Prefecture in its stewed pork in soy milk, from the lunch menu.

During the fair, each restaurant has prepared special courses for lunch and dinner. Lunch courses cost ¥3,500 and dinner courses cost ¥10,000. Prices include tax and a service charge.

The marathon aspect of the dining campaign involves a stamp rally at each restaurant, with a chance to win prizes depending on the number of stamps collected.

For more information, please check the websites of the participating hotels.

Stay in Kyoto, enjoy a jinrikisha tour

The Westin Miyako Kyoto is offering an accommodation plan that comes with a 30-minute tour of Kyoto by jinrikisha, through Sept. 30.

The hotel is located in an easy-to-access part of Kyoto, close to various popular historical and cultural sites, such as Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

Guests can choose from three jinrikisha routes: the Nanzen-ji Course, Heian Jingu Course and Gion Course. Each route is flexible and the places visited and departure times can be arranged according to the requests of the guests.

The package is available at a price range of ¥12,950 to ¥28,950 per person, per night depending on the type of room and date of stay. The package price includes buffet breakfast, tax and a service charge.

The Westin Miyako Kyoto is a 1-minute walk from Keage Station on the Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line. A shuttle bus service is available from Kyoto Station. For more information or reservations, call (075) 771-7111 or visit www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/w_m_kyoto.