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Beating the summer heat

Summer is approaching and people will soon be hunting for something cold to beat the heat. From June 1, the Hilton Tokyo will hold an original unlimited drink plan called Happy Awa (bubble in Japanese, also a pun on hour) at the hotel’s St. George’s Bar, through September 30.

The bar’s happy hour is every night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes all-you-can-drink bubbly beverages, such as beer, highballs and soft drinks, which are served with some light snacks for ¥3,600 per person. The bar will waive the standard ¥1,400 cover charge for Happy Awa guests.

In the English-style cozy bar, finished in dark wood and gold accents, customers can enjoy their leisure time after work without having to worrying about the weather. Also, the hotel is pleased to offer some special features; ganache for female customers and a no-tie dress code for male customers.

For those looking to get some night air, the hotel also has an outdoor beer garden plan.

The Hilton Tokyo is two minutes from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi Line) or 10 minutes from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station (various lines). For more information or reservations, call 03-3344-5111 or visit www.tokyo.hilton.com .

Spice in the heart of the city

The Tokyo Station Hotel is welcoming summer and will offer a delicious summer curry from June 1 to August 31 at Bar & Café Camellia.

The spicy curry filled with seasonal vegetables and seafood and served with fresh lemon butter rice will provide diners the energy to survive the hot and humid summer. It will be available for ¥1,780 or ¥2,280 for a lunch set, which includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and a cup of coffee or tea.

The restaurant has a variety of cocktails including special summer fresh fruit mojitos from July 1, and customers can unwind in a chic and relaxing atmosphere.

It is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight (11 p.m. L.O.) and lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (until 3 p.m. holidays)

The Tokyo Station Hotel is adjacent to Tokyo Station (various lines). For more information and reservations call 03-5220-1951 or visit www.thetokyostationhotel.jp

Spending time with man’s best friend

Since April, resort operator Niki Resort Inc. has taken over the management of the Hotel Regina Nasu, a dog friendly hotel in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, from Tokyo Tatemono Co.

The Hotel Regina Nasu is located on a huge piece of land surrounded by the lush green of the Nasu area, which is a popular summer getaway. With the concept of creating a hotel and restaurant to be enjoyed by dog-loving guests, the hotel was renewed in 2012 and named as one of top destinations for people to stay with their dogs.

The hotel has a large dog run, dog terraces and a dog-friendly restaurant, which even includes a special menu just for man’s best friend.

The resort boasts 23 cottages with 10 different layouts and free parking is available for 60 cars.

The Hotel Regina Nasu is about a 30 minute taxi ride from JR Nasushiobara Station or a 20 minute drive from the Nasu Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. For more information or reservations, visit www.forest-hills.jp .