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Autumn roll cake in Hakone; Peninsula fall-leaves fair; Early Christmas-cake orders

Autumn roll cake in Hakone

The Salon de Thé Rosage dessert restaurant at the Odakyu Hotel de Yama, a luxury hotel in the resort area of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, is offering seasonal desserts.

Through November, an autumn roll cake filled with various seasonal fruits such as persimmon, fig and muscat grapes is available as one of the restaurant’s popular cake set menus.

The set will offer one cake from a choice of six, served with three kinds of snacks — scones, cookies and madeleines. The set is available at ¥1,501, including coffee or tea, tax and a service charge.

Customers can enjoy teatime against the spectacular backdrop of Lake Ashinoko, surrounded by mountains turning red.

The second floor of the restaurant offers 30 kinds of selected teas, several original desserts made by the restaurant’s pastry chefs and some imported goods.

The Salon de Thé Rosage is in the annex of the Odakyu Hotel de Yama, 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 .

Peninsula fall-leaves fair

As temperatures drop, the season when we can enjoy the changing colors of autumn is just around the corner. The Peninsula Tokyo is preparing special interior spaces, with installations of nine maple trees that will be aflame with autumn colors, in the hotel’s lobby from Nov. 1 to 8.

Guests can enjoy the season of fall leaves inside the hotel with special table arrangements featuring autumn motifs and custom-made Japanese lanterns.

During this period, a special lunch called Autumn One-plate will be offered at The Lobby restaurant. Big beef cutlets on pasta with a red-wine-based mushroom sauce and salad will be served on one plate. It will be available at ¥3,500 per person, including dessert and coffee or tea. The price includes tax but is subject to a 15 percent service charge.

Many other menus, including some seasonal dishes, will be available at the restaurant, and from lunchtime to afternoon teatime, Japanese traditional bamboo-flute performances will create a relaxing atmosphere with a touch of fantasy.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to Hibiya Station (Chiyoda, Hibiya and Mita lines); or a 3-minute walk from Ginza Station (Ginza, Hibiya and Marunouchi lines) or Yurakucho Station (Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Yurakucho lines). For more information or reservations, call 03-6270-2731.

Early Christmas-cake orders

For those growing impatient for a Christmas party, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo has started accepting preorders for its Christmas cakes at the hotel’s Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux shop.

The shop offers special cakes prepared by Michelin three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire, one of the world’s most famous chefs. Only 50 each of Bûche de Noël Pierre Gagnaire (¥5,000) and a heart-shaped cake named L’Amour (¥7,000) will be available.

The hotel’s original cakes are also available.

In addition to the cakes, roast chicken from Kagoshima Prefecture with gravy sauce and roast New Zealand beef are available, too.

Preorders are accepted through Dec. 12, and can be picked up between Dec. 20 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. only at the shop.

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is a 5-minute walk from Tameike-Sanno Station (Ginza and Nanboku lines). For more information or preorders, call 03-3505-1111 or visit www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp .