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Premium bourbon at Century Southern Tower; Setsubun sushi rolls; new Hilton Tokyo rooms

Premium bourbon at South Court

The Hotel Century Southern Tower near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo is now serving the premium bourbon whiskey Eagle Rare 10 Year-Old at its 20th-floor lounge and bar, South Court, through Feb. 28.

Eagle Rare is a brand of bourbon whiskey distilled and distributed by the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky.

It is usually poured with soda water or on the rocks, which best enhance its original flavor and aroma. The bartender at the South Court also highly recommends enjoying it as a John Collins. This cocktail includes bourbon, lemon juice, soda and sugar syrup. The sweet and sour blend of lemon and sugar complements the bourbon’s colorful flavors.

Eagle Rare is available for ¥1,501 in any style at the bar from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays (until 11 p.m. on Sundays and holidays). The price includes tax and a service charge.

The Hotel Century Southern Tower is a 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. For more information, call (03) 5354-0111 or visit www.southerntower.co.jp .

Traditional sushi roll at Grand Hyatt

In preparation for the Setsubun festival on Feb. 3, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in the Roppongi district is accepting preorders for its special eho-maki sushi roll at its sushi restaurant Roku Roku.

Setsubun, which literally means the day between two seasons, is a festival to celebrate the end of winter. In addition to throwing roasted soybeans to drive demons out of their homes, people usually eat the special eho-maki sushi roll, which is larger than usual rolls and made from seasonal ingredients such as crab.

Traditionally, people should eat this in silence while facing that year’s lucky compass direction, which this year is south-southeast.

The Grand Hyatt’s sushi roll costs ¥2,000, including tax, and only 100 will be made. Reservations are required and customers must pick it up at the restaurant on Feb. 3 and consume it within the day.

The Grand Hyatt Hotel is about a 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo lines. For more information and reservations, call (03) 4333-8788.

Hilton Tokyo guest-room renovations

This year, the Hilton Tokyo will launch a brand-new guest room as the first phase of the hotel’s three-year, multimillion-dollar plan to renew the facility.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Hilton Tokyo in the Shinjuku district. Hilton was the first international hotel group to commence operations in Japan.

Following the refurbishment of the banquet facilities and chapel, which was completed in April 2012, the Hilton Tokyo has implemented the next stage and, commencing this January, 630 guest rooms and suites will be fully renovated and unveiled from April.

The hotel will also invest extensively in a unique bathroom experience — each room will be equipped with a custom-made deep-soaking bath with rain-shower shower heads, and 279 of the 812 rooms and suites will feature Japanese-inspired and market-leading bathrooms.

Infusing a uniquely Japanese taste in the decor, the hotel’s new Executive, Deluxe and Suite rooms are intended to bring a heightened level of style, urban sophistication and luxury comfort to Tokyo.

The Hilton Tokyo is a 2-minute walk from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line) or a 10-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station (various lines). For more information or reservations, call (03) 3344-5111 or visit www.tokyo.hilton.com.