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Spa treatments with afternoon tea; thematic gourmet delicacies; resort plan with seasonal fare

Spa, afternoon tea set at Westin Tokyo

Even as temperatures continue to slide lower, the summer heat remains. So to help with getting rid of summer exhaustion, The Westin Tokyo in Yebisu Garden Place offers a special relaxation plan called Doux ensemble, through Nov. 10.

The plan combines a 50-minute spa treatment with an afternoon tea set. Guests can choose from a facial or body treatment at the hotel’s Le Spa Parisien. Also, guests can access the hot-bath facility Aqua Area before and after the treatment.

Afterward, guests can enjoy a relaxing time with an afternoon tea set at the Lounge, on the first floor of the hotel. The afternoon tea is available for any three-hour period between noon and 6 p.m.

The plan is available at ¥14,000 per person on weekdays and at ¥17,500 per person on weekends and holidays.

The Westin Tokyo is in Yebisu Garden Place, about a 7-min. walk from Ebisu Station on the JR and Tokyo Metro Hibiya lines. For more information and reservations, call (03) 5423-7002 or visit www.westin-tokyo.co.jp .

Imperial Tokyo’s thematic food fair

Since April, the Imperial Hotel Tokyo’s gourmet retail shop, Gargantua, has been holding a yearlong fair featuring flavors from around the world.

From September to October, the theme is “Japan and Asia.” The shop offers the hotel’s special sweets and prepared meals such as green-tea Swiss rolls, brioche mixed with sweet chestnuts and kinako (toasted soybean flour) and sauteed Japanese flounder, through Oct. 31.

This is the third theme of this fair, following “Jasmine” and “Great Britain.”

The seasonal Swiss roll is a green-tea souffle cake wrapped around yuzu citron cream and koshi-an (finely mashed red-bean paste). The souffle portion has been mixed with meringue for smoothness. It is available at ¥1,680 including tax.

Also, due to its popularity, the Jasmine chocolate cake is being offered again. It is available at ¥840 including tax.

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo is a 3-min. walk from Hibiya or Uchisaiwaicho subway stations, and a 5-min. walk from Yurakucho or Ginza stations on various lines. For more information, call (03) 3539-8086, or visit www.imperialhotel.co.jp .

Seasonal meals at Odakyu spa resort

The Odakyu Hakone Highland Hotel in Sengokuhara, a hot-springs resort area in Kanagawa Prefecture, is offering a special autumn accommodation package called “Chef’s Special Plan.”

This season, guests can enjoy the sight of the colorful autumn leaves in the hotel’s 5-hectare garden. In addition to the beautiful scenery, this plan features the hotel’s La Foret restaurant’s special French-Japanese dishes made with selected fresh ingredients from the surrounding area. Executive chef Kazumi Hasegawa, who took up the post this summer, will offer a special dinner course using a wide variety of seasonal products.

In the morning, in addition to Japanese and American-style breakfasts, a French-Japanese breakfast is available, too.

Also, the plan offers free admission tickets to several venues in the area, such as museums and botanical gardens.

The plan is available from ¥27,150 per person for double occupancy, including miscellaneous taxes and a service charge.

The Odakyu Hakone Highland Hotel is a 25-min. bus ride from Hakone-Yumoto Station, which is about 85 min. by Odakyu Romancecar from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. For more information or reservations, call (0460) 84-8541 or visit www.odakyu-hotel.co.jp/highland.