The Japanese Tanabata star festival is celebrated on the night of July 7. Based on a Chinese legend, the night is the only time of year when the star Vega, the weaver, and the star Altair, the herdsman (lovers separated by the Milky Way) can see each other.

Taking the motif of this legend, teppanyaki restaurant Keyakizaka at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo has prepared a special romantic tanabata course dinner for couples. The pair dinner course features romantic decorations and presentation, from white, sparkling junmai sake to appetizers arranged as if in a jewelry box, to a dish in the image of the weaver.

The course is available for ¥37,700 for two people, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., from July 3 to 7.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is located in Roppongi Hills, a three-minute walk from Roppongi Station. For details, call (03) 4333-8782.

Conrad’s monthlong anniversary

The Conrad Tokyo will prepare a range of special offers in the month of July in celebration of its fifth anniversary on July 1.

Limited to five couples staying on weekdays, the exclusive Fifth Anniversary Stay Plan, which includes a one-night stay in a twin room, breakfast and dinner, and a facial treatment at the hotel’s spa, is available at special prices starting from ¥50,000 per plan.

Modern French restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo, Chinese restaurant China Blue and Japanese restaurant Kazahana will each prepare an anniversary dinner course for ¥50,000 for two. The special courses come with a complementary glass of top brand Champagne and a fifth anniversary version of the Conrad Tokyo bear.

At China Blue, there will also be special a la carte dishes, available at lunch and dinner. A set of five kinds of appetizers using luxury ingredients, such as crab, foie gras and abalone, paired with five kinds of liquor costs ¥5,555. The appetizer set is also available without alcohol for ¥3,333.

Meanwhile, at bar and lounge Twenty Eight, drinks are half price between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (some drinks excluded).

From July 1 until Aug. 31 at Mizuki Spa and Fitness, a 150-minute treatment, including a bath, body scrub, body massage, facial treatment and leg care using Comfort Zone Italian spa products is offered at ¥50,000. Herbal tea and sweets will be served after the treatment, and guests will also receive a refreshing leg spray to take home.

The Conrad Tokyo is in the Tokyo Shiodome Building, a one-minute walk from Shiodome Station or a seven-minute walk from Shinbashi Station. For more information, call (03) 6388-8000.

Beer garden with views of Kobe

The ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe will start its Summer Beer Garden at its 10th-floor Garden Terrace overlooking Kobe’s splendid city lights.

From June 19 through Sept. 20, enjoy beer and other drinks under the stars, with a charcoal grill barbecue of Japanese beef and fresh seafood, or a range of a la carte dishes such as chijimi (Korean pancakes), fresh spring rolls and oden (a type of stew).

Tickets to the venue are ¥2,000 in advance, ¥2,500 on the day, including two hours of unlimited drinks (beer, shochu, wine, whiskey, cocktails and soft drinks), an appetizer, tax and service charges. The ticket can also be used as a ¥2,500 voucher for food instead of the drink plan. The barbecue set costs ¥3,500, while a la carte items start from ¥500.

The beer garden is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last order 9 p.m.). It is closed when it rains.

The ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe is adjacent to Shin-Kobe Station, two minutes from Sannomiya Station by train. For more information or reservations, call (0120) 75-4160.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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