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Welcoming spring in style; flipping for flapjacks; tranquil times in nature’s embrace

Welcoming spring in style

The Palace Hotel Tokyo, located in the middle of Tokyo’s Marunouchi district and next to the Imperial Palace, is celebrating the advent of spring with promotions throughout the hotel.

At The Palace Lounge, the hotel’s popular restaurant, a spring afternoon tea set featuring many seasonal products is available through May 31.

Presented in a three-tier lunch box, various European and Japanese dishes that are made with seasonal products such as field mustard, fava beans and new potatoes will both delight and satisfy customers.

In the cozy setting, customers can enjoy spending a relaxing afternoon with a selection of tea and, later in the day, live piano music lulls guests into a tranquil bliss.

The afternoon tea plan is available for ¥3,800 per person including tax, but is subject to a service charge. From April, the price will increase in accordance with the tax increase.

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is directly connected to Otemachi Station (various lines) or is eight minute’s walk from Tokyo Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-3211-5309 or visit www.palacehoteltokyo.com .

Flipping for flapjacks

A special pancake promotion titled “Pancake Tours” is being held in Tokyo through March 31. The promotion kicked off on March 4, or Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day in many countries), and is aimed at introducing people to the many kinds of pancakes from around the world.

Enthusiasm for pancakes has seen unprecedented growth nationwide and although initially popular with women, the hoopla for hot cakes has begun to include men. Attesting to the popularity of these tasty treats, restaurants serving pancakes in the Omotesando and Harajuku areas have long lines of people waiting to get their fill throughout the day.

Seven Tokyo restaurants are offering pancake specials during this promotion. A variety of styles are available, such as the French cheese fondue pancake at popular pancake restaurant Mog Mog in Shimokitazawa and an Indian-style pancake with maple syrup and curry at the Soul Food India restaurant in Suidobashi. Aside from these, American, Hawaiian, Italian, British and Japanese variations of pancakes are on offer.

Those partaking in the pancakes can download a stamp sheet from the campaign website and collect stamps at each restaurant. People who collect five stamps could receive a commemorative pancake phone strap or other gifts.

For more information, visit www.gs-tours.com/pancake .

Tranquil times in nature’s embrace

On March 16, a new annex building at the Odakyu Hakone Highland Hotel called Mori no Rejidensu (Residence in the Woods) will be unveiled to the public.

The hotel is located in Sengokuhara, an unspoiled natural setting in Hakone, one of the country’s major resort areas. Keeping the surroundings in mind, the new buildings were designed by Noriaki Okabe, who designed the terminal of Kansai International Airport and Odakyu Railways’ VSE and MSE versions of their Romancecar, to allow customers to feel relaxed in nature’s splendor.

Among the 15 new rooms, eight are equipped with an outdoor hot-spring bath and guests can enjoy bathing in the refreshing and beautiful greenery. To ensure guests can take full advantage of the natural setting, a map of the garden, field glasses and walking shoes are provided.

The other seven rooms are dog-friendly facilities that allow customers to stay with their pooch and feature many amenities for man’s best friend. To make things easy on the pets, guests can check directly into their room and pet baths are installed in each room. Guests are also welcome to use the hotel’s broad dog run.

Rooms in the annex are available from ¥35,150 per person, including dinner, breakfast, taxes and service charge.

The hotel’s main building has been undergoing renovations and will reopen on the same day.

The Odakyu Hakone Highland Hotel is 25 minute’s bus ride from Hakone-Yumoto Station, which is about 85 minutes on the Odakyu Romancecar train from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. For more information or reservations, call 046-084-8541 or visit www.odakyu-hotel.co.jp/highland .