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New Year’s discounts in Yokohama

To celebrate the New Year, the InterContinental Yokohama Grand is holding the hotel’s popular seasonal event, the Otoshidama (New Year’s gift) Promotion.

One plan in the promotion is called New Year Two Plus One, where every third guest in a party of three, six, nine or 12 can have the near equivalent of a free meal: a 33 percent discount for the group. The offer is valid only on weekdays through Feb. 29 for five menus at the hotel’s restaurants, including the lunch buffet at Italian restaurant La Vela and the all-you-can-eat order-style dinner at Chinese restaurant Karyu.

For example, the lunch buffet at La Vela normally costs ¥3,300 per person. For a party of three with the 33 percent discount, the price per person becomes ¥2,211. The dinner at Karyu, normally ¥6,500 per person, becomes ¥4,356 a head by using the offer.

The Two Plus One plan is available to only 10 groups per day, for groups from three to 12 people. Prices include tax and a service charge.

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is a 2-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on the JR and Yokohama Subway lines. For more information or to make a reservation, call (045) 223-2267 or visit www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama.

New Japanese restaurant in Ebisu

In the Ebisu district in Tokyo, a new Japanese restaurant called Sushi Kuriyagawa opened late last year.

Using selected fresh ingredients, the restaurant offers authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine. The chief sushi chef, who has more than 15 years of experience, plans seasonal menus and prepares the food in front of customers.

As the New Year’s season in Japan tends to be a time for observing tradition, Japanese cuisine can be a good choice for dining out. The restaurant offers a lunch and a dinner course that include selected sushi, fried sea bream, chawanmushi (savory egg custard with assorted ingredients), miso-grilled soft roe and arajiru (a Japanese-style bouillabaisse). Items vary according to the season.

The lunch course is available at ¥5,500 and the dinner course starts from ¥10,000. Prices include tax.

The restaurant opens from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 11?p.m.

Sushi Kuriyagawa is a 10-minute walk from Ebisu Station on the JR and Tokyo Metro lines. For more information or to make a reservation, call (03) 3446-3332.

Spa treatments ward off winter blues

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is offering guests a fresh start to the New Year with a special Winter Beauty Spa Package through Feb. 29.

After the busy holiday season, Japan enters its coldest season in the months of January and February. The package, intending to warm up guests and provide care to prevent them from catching colds, offers a hot-stone body treatment from the hotel’s Joule Spa & Wellness, which is said to result in increased metabolism, along with a set lunch with a hot yuzu citron drink at the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Kakou.

The package costs ¥20,000 including tax and a service charge. The spa treatment and lunch can be taken on different days, within two weeks of each other. The spa will be closed on Jan. 16. From Jan. 10 to 17, the pool and fitness facilities will be closed for maintenance.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is connected to Tochomae Station on the Toei Oedo Line, a 4-minute walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and a 9-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. For further information, call (03) 3348-1234 or visit www.hyattregencytokyo.com.