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Renewed Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo opens; fresh porcini at Hotel New Otani Tokyo; sweet buffet at Sheraton Yokohama

Renovated Prince Sakura Tower opens

The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo in Shinagawa will reopen on Sept. 14, after undergoing renovations through an ¥840 million investment.

Designer Ryu Kosaka oversaw the entire renovation. He has worked on several high-profile restaurants and hotels, including the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s main dining room and the environmental design for the Shin-Marunouchi Building.

All of The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo hotel’s 288 guest rooms, the lobby, entrance and banquet halls have been redesigned. Also, new restaurants and a path through the hotel’s Japanese garden from the entrance have been installed.

In addition to its Japanese restaurant, an Italian restaurant will open on the lobby floor for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will be used as a bar at night.

The two banquet halls are each capable of hosting 360 people and can be divided into 10 sections to suit any size party, meeting or conference.

The Prince Sakura Tower is a 3-minute walk from Shinagawa Station (various lines). For more information, visit www.princehotels.co.jp/sakuratower .

Fresh porcini at Hotel New Otani

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo’s Ristorante Bella Vista has begun serving a series of dishes featuring fresh porcini mushrooms until the end of the porcini season, around early November. The restaurant imports the porcini from Veneto, Northern Italy.

The Italian restaurant has a special Golden Pasta Spaghetti Carbonara with porcini baked over charcoal for ¥2,700, fresh porcini grilled over Bincho charcoal for ¥2,100 and fresh porcini trifolato for ¥1,575.

The super-rich carbonara sauce and the spaghetti made on a pure gold pasta machine adds to the tenderness of the porcini.

Bincho charcoal-grilled porcini maintains the mushroom’s chewiness and juiciness, accented by the famed charcoal’s smokiness. The grilled porcini comes with three kinds of salt: Maldon crystal sea salt, herb salt and picante hot pepper salt.

The porcini trifolato is sautéed with garlic and herbs.

The porcini dishes are available for dinner only, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Nagatacho Station (Namboku, Hanzomon, Yurakucho lines) or Akasaka-Mitsuke Station (Ginza and Marunouchi lines). For more information, visit www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/restaurant/bellavista/index.html .

Sweets Parade at Sheraton Yokohama

Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers’ lobby lounge Seawind has begun an evening sweets buffet called Sweets Parade. As fall approaches, the sweets will feature chestnuts and grapes.

The menu includes many kinds of sweets as well as coffee, tea, juice, sandwiches, salad, bread and soup.

The most remarkable of the sweets is the Big Mont Blanc, 10 cm in diameter and 50 cm long. The cake is covered by a chestnut paste topped with whipped cream.

Seawind is also using Kyoho, muscat and other grape varieties from across Japan for other desserts.

Other sweets available in the plan include marron pie, marron pound cake, grape compote and almond tofu jelly.

Sweets Parade is available Thursdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. It costs ¥3,000 per person and is available until Oct. 31.

The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is a 1-minute walk from Yokohama Station (various lines). For more information, visit www.yokohamabay-sheraton.co.jp/restaurant_bar/seawind .