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Wine and dine in Totsuka; redesigned Daikanyama restaurant; new urban resort hotel in Fukuoka

A place to wine and dine in Totsuka

Bar restaurant Y1 offers what it calls a “cool” drinking and dining experience in Yokohama with food spanning French, Spanish and Italian cuisines and a twist of Asian fusion.

Y1′s executive chef has worked for prestigious restaurants in France, Belgium and Italy, as well as the Grand Hyatt in the Roppongi area of Tokyo.

The chef’s new autumn menu includes grilled lamb marinated with rosemary, thyme and garlic, served with seasonal oven-roasted vegetables, for ¥1,400.

The general philosophy of Y1 is “Good food does not have to be expensive.” In light of this, the executive chef often hands out complimentary canapés to guests after 10 p.m.

A 20-year veteran bartender makes original and classic cocktails. For example, guests can order a classic mojito or the bar’s original Ytini, a variation on the martini.

Y1 is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight from Tuesdays through Sundays. It is closed on Mondays. Children are not permitted after 5 p.m.

Y1 is a 3-minute walk from the West Exit of Totsuka Station (various lines). For more information or reservations, call 045-443-9990 or visit www.y1-jp.com.

Redesigned Daikanyama restaurant

On Sept. 9, the restaurant LB8 will open in Daikanyama, a chic district in Shibuya Ward,Tokyo.

LB8 is a redesign of the former La Bohéme Daikanyama to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The name follows the other redesigned restaurants in the LB series: LB6 in Roppongi and LB7 in Aoyama. LB8 focuses on wine and grilled dishes, and the restaurant has counter seats, booths and table seats.

Dishes feature seasonal ingredients, with the beef and pork supplied by contracted farms. Fresh vegetables are delivered directly from farms and fresh seafood is offered as well. Wines from all over the world and other drinks are available.

To celebrate the opening, fresh oysters are available at ¥100 each at dinnertime between Sept. 9 and 30. An opening reception is will be held on Sept. 6, and anyone can stop by between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.

LB8 is a 3-minute walk from Daikanyama Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line). For more information or reservations, call 03-3476-4799 or visit www.lb6.jp/lb8daikanyama .

New urban resort hotel in Fukuoka

On Sept. 1, Agora Hospitalities Co. opened a new resort hotel called Agora Fukuoka Hilltop in Fukuoka.

This is a redesign of the Fukuoka Yama no Hotel, which is the oldest hotel in the city. While keeping some of the historical atmosphere, the renewal has created an urban resort hotel that Agora hopes will provide “excitement and tranquility.”

The hotel is accessible from downtown Fukuoka and the airport, yet set in a green location so guests can relax and take in the scenery.

Japanese ryokan-style elements in the hotel mean guests can partake in traditional hospitalities such as a natural hot spring bath and quality Japanese cuisine.

At the Hilltop Spa, the hotel’s fitness spa, expert Kazuko Sendo offers care and treatment. Sendo has been a spa trainer at the Six Senses Hotels and Spas in several countries.

The Agora Fukuoka Hilltop is a 30-minute car ride from Fukuoka International Airport or a 15-minute walk from Sakurazaka Station (Nanakuma Line). For more information, visit www.agorafukuoka-hilltop.com .