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Mother’s Day lunch with carnations

With Mother’s Day approaching, The Prince Park Tower Tokyo is offering a special lunch course for guests to show their mothers some appreciation at its Western cuisine restaurant, Brise Verte, located on the 33rd floor of the hotel, through May 13.

For the Carnation Lunch, a bouquet of carnations will be set on the table. After making a toast with a glass of rose wine or cranberry juice, guests can enjoy a lunch course that includes couscous with seasonal seafood, crispy grunt, Japanese beefsteak in a foie gras and truffle sauce, and a dessert plate of items chosen by the guests, which comes with coffee.

In addition, guests can take the bouquet home.

The lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ¥13,000 for two, with a surcharge of ¥5,000 for each additional person. Prices include tax and a service charge.

Reservations are required at least two days in advance.

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo is a 2-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on the Toei Oedo Line and a 3-minute walk from Shibakoen Station on the Toei Mita Line. For more information, call (03) 5400-1154 or visit www.princehotels.co.jp/parktower.

Fun children’s meals at Osaka hotel

The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka in the Nakanoshima district is offering a special children’s meal suitable for a family outing at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Remone, through May 6.

The food plate includes plain and chicken rice balls served with items popular among children, such as a hamburger patty, fried shrimp, fried chicken and a smiley-face shaped fired potato. Children can choose rice balls that come shaped as automobiles or as pandas and bears. The plate comes with a cup of soup and dessert.

The plate is available at ¥2,000 per child including tax and a service charge.

The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is adjacent to Nakanoshima Station on the Nakanoshima Line of the Keihan Railway, or 10 minutes by free hotel shuttle bus from JR Osaka Station. For more information and reservations, call (06) 6448-1121 or visit www.rihga.co.jp/osaka.

Azalea fair at Hakone hotel garden

The Odakyu Hotel de Yama in the resort area of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, welcomes the flowering season with a fair featuring azaleas and rhododendrons in its vast garden from May?1, in anticipation of the blooming of the flowers.

The hotel’s garden covers nearly 15 hectares and offers panoramic vistas of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji. Together with the season’s new greenery, the garden’s 300 rhododendrons and 3,000 azaleas blooming in a profusion of color are an added attraction.

The hotel was built on the site of what was once a villa belonging to Koyata Iwasaki, the fourth and last president of a unified Mitsubishi. Since the villa was established in 1911, some of the 30 varieties of azaleas are more than 100 years old.

The garden will be open to visitors while the flowers are in bloom, usually until late May. The status of the blooms can be checked on the hotel’s website. Admission is ¥800 per person and the garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After viewing the colorful display of nature, visitors can try a special dessert featuring azaleas at the Salon de The Rosage in the hotel’s annex.

The Odakyu Hotel de Yama is a 15-minute walk from Moto-Hakone Port. For more information or reservations, call (0460) 83-6321 or visit www.odakyu-hotel.co.jp/yama-hotel.