Sake in Osaka, cruising in Yokohama

Seafaring adventure in Yokohama

The Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu has prepared a special accommodation plan for families for summer vacation, providing children the rare opportunity to explore the bridge of a cruise boat.

The Captain Adventure plan includes a one-night stay in a bay view executive twin room, afternoon tea on the Royal Wing, a large entertainment restaurant cruiser that operates from Daisanbashi in Yokohama Bay, a photo session in the ship’s cabin (with captain’s caps for children) and a tour of the bridge.

The tea cruise takes place on the second day (checkout time is extended to 1 p.m. for the plan). The Royal Wing departs at 2:40 p.m. for a 90-minute cruise around Yokohama Bay and Tokyo Bay. During the cruise, there’ll be a cake and fruit buffet, live music, a magic show and other entertainment such as balloon art.

The plan runs from July 19 to Aug. 31, excluding July 20 and Aug. 1, and prices start from ¥37,000 for two adults and one child. The plan also includes a breakfast buffet at the hotel’s Cafe Tosca.

The hotel is a one-minute walk from Minato-Mirai Station in Yokohama. For more information, call (045) 682-2222.

Hotel East 21 pool opens

The Hotel East 21 Tokyo will open its Garden Pool on July 18.

Adjacent to the hotel’s fifth floor, there’s 2,000 sq. meters of outdoor space where you can enjoy two pools, four Jacuzzis, and light meals and cocktails from the Garden Cafe.

Entrance for adults is ¥5,250 on weekdays, and ¥10,500 on weekends and between Aug. 11 and 15; and ¥4,200 for visitors entering after 2 p.m.; and ¥2,625, ¥5,250 and ¥2,100 for children, respectively.

There’s a “free” pass for ¥31,500, which provides free access on weekdays and a 50 percent discount on weekends, as well as the same discount for people accompanying the pass holder on weekdays. (A half-price fee applies Aug. 11-15.)

The pool is open through Aug. 31, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The hotel is a seven- minute walk from Exit 1 of Toyocho Station on the Tozai subway line.

For further information, call (03) 5683-5683.

Sake-lovers festival in Osaka

Sake fans in Osaka will have the chance to sample premium sake from 25 brewers nationwide at the 2008 Junmai Festival on Thursday, July 17.

The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Diamond Hall on the third floor of Taiko-En in Miyakojima Ward. Admission is ¥6,000, and includes a souvenir bottle of sake to take home.

Sake for tasting will include junmai, ginjoO and daiginjoO grades as well as sake-based plum wines. Food will also be available.

Tickets will be sold in advance through the Fullnet Web site ( , Japanese only).

Taiko-En is located at 9-10 Amijima-cho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka ([06] 6356-1111), about a minute from Osakajo-Kitazume Station on the JR Tozai Line.

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