The leaves have been turning color as fall deepens in the ancient capital of Kyoto, renowned for its many prime spots to view the autumn foliage. With many people from around Japan and beyond heading there to enjoy the colorful scene, The Westin Miyako Kyoto is offering a special boxed lunch, called Momiji Bento, through Dec. 17.
The dishes included are made from a variety of ingredients fresh from the autumn harvest and contain many kinds of authentic Japanese specialities, such as stewed chestnuts in soy sauce and sugar, roast duck flavored with miso, marinated scallops, ginkgo nuts, roast eggplants and rice with matsutake mushrooms.
The colorful lunch box, easy to take along on fall foliage sightseeing trips, matches with the autumn scenery.
The boxed lunch is only available for takeout at the Mayfair Tea Room in the hotel at ¥3,500, including tax. Reservations are required by 6 p.m. at least one day before purchase.
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) 771-7159 or visit www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/w_m_kyoto.
Body treatments at the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is offering a special, new body spa treatment called the Energizing Bakuhan Stone Reviver at the hotel’s health club, Spa & Fitness by ESPA, on the 46th floor.
This body treatment starts with an exfoliating massage with a special scrub containing sand from Bora Bora, Tahiti. Then comes a body massage with Bakuhan stones (a natural stone from Kamo-gun, Gifu Prefecture, which is said to have special healing properties). Finally, a head massage will be performed.
Treatments last 90 minutes and are available at ¥28,550 including tax, subject to a 13 percent service charge.
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo can be accessed directly from Exit 8 of Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo lines. For more information or reservations, call (03) 6434-8813 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ja/Properties/Tokyo.
Four Seasons city aquarium package
In collaboration with the Sunshine Aquarium in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo, the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so in the nearby Mejiro area is offering a special accommodation plan that includes admission to the aquarium and a one-way taxi ride from the hotel to the aquarium.
The aquarium reopened in August after a year of renovations. A variety of sea creatures can be seen right in the city in midst of the Sunshine City complex.
Guests will stay in a superior room with a city view and have a choice of a Japanese- or Western-style breakfast at a hotel restaurant or in their room. An official aquarium guide book (in Japanese) will be offered for children in elementary or junior high school.
The recommended itinerary is to visit the aquarium after breakfast and checking out of the hotel.
The plan is available from ¥14,600 per person for double occupancy. The price includes tax and a service charge.
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) 3943-7070 or visit www.fourseasons-tokyo.com.