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Spa retreat in Hakone, The Oak Door wine cellar, Osaka Restaurants Week

Spa retreat in Hakone

From March 1, the Odakyu Hotel de Yama in the resort area of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, will offer an accommodation package featuring a spa treatment to help rejuvenate bodies worn down by the cold weather.

Away from the busy metropolis, customers can enjoy an exclusive body treatment, called “Spa Retreat,” to ease and warm their exhausted selves and reinvigorate mentally as well as physically in the tranquil and relaxing hot-spring resort just an hour outside of Tokyo.

At the hotel’s Montagne spa facility, customers can luxuriate in the 60-minute body treatment after check-in, and after dinner a 45-minute facial and scalp treatment will help guests get a comfortable sleep.

The package also includes other features such as a choice of a French or Japanese dinner, Western or Japanese breakfast, and cosmetic samples.

The spa package is available from ¥44,550 per person for a double occupancy, including taxes and service charge.

The Odakyu Hotel de Yama is 15 minute’s walk from Moto-Hakone Port. Shuttle buses from the port are also available. For more information or reservations, call 0460-83-6321 or visit www.odakyu-hotel.co.jp/yama-hotel .

The Oak Door wine cellar

Gourmet steak restaurant The Oak Door in the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi is offering an exclusive plan called “Walk in wine cellar.”

Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, The Oak Door features premium, top-quality cuts of meat and fresh, seasonal produce prepared in impressive oak wood burning ovens. In the bar area, customers can enjoy a wide variety of cocktails and wine along with light meals throughout the day until 1 a.m.

The restaurant’s wine cellar boasts 150 bottles of New World wines that are mainly from the U.S. and South America. To give customers a unique dining experience, the restaurant is offering the use of its tranquil and stylish floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, where diners can enjoy a selection of cheese paired with wines in a cozy atmosphere.

Customers can select perfect wines with the assistance of restaurant employees who are able to provide in-depth explanations. They can also receive a discount of 10 percent on bottled wine.

The offer is available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the year and the wine cellar can accommodate up to eight guests.

A one-hour sitting in the wine cellar is ¥4,800 per person excluding tax and service charge.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is about 3 minute’s walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya and Oedo lines). For more information and reservations, call 03-4333-8784 or visit tokyo.grand.hyatt.com .

Osaka Restaurants Week

From Feb. 21 to March 16, the nation’s second city will host a special restaurant promotion called “Osaka Restaurants Week.”

Since 2011, cooking contests featuring “dishes and desserts characterizing Osaka” have been held annually. Since they began, they have seen 881 dishes put forth, most containing ingredients originating in Osaka.

During the promotion, people can enjoy 45 of the 137 dishes that were awarded first prizes through the first four contests at a variety of restaurants in the Osaka area.

Osaka is the only city in Asia to have joined Delice, an international network of like-minded cities engaged in promoting the benefits of culinary excellence and good food. The organization was created in 2007 by the city of Lyon, France and currently offers its 19 member cities on four continents a platform for chefs and culinary professionals to meet and exchange ideas.

At the Hotel New Otani in Chuo Ward, three French dishes, including a tartar of crab and grilled sole baked in a pie that won first prize at the latest contest in 2013, will be offered at the hotel’s authentic French restaurant Sakura.

A special lunch course featuring all three dishes will be available for ¥5,000 per person, including tax and subject to a service charge.

For more information, visit www.osaka.cci.or.jp/syoku_osaka .