The Royal Park Hotel in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo offers a Yakatabune Mankitsu Plan on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Guests staying on the plan will receive a ride on a traditional yakatabune, or roofed pleasure boat, bedecked with Japanese paper lanterns and featuring a well-preserved wooden interior, maintaining the authentic feel.
The boat departs in the evening from Asakusabashi on the Kanda River and cruises along the Sumida River. Guests can enjoy fine views of Tokyo, such as the illuminated Rainbow Bridge. During the 2 1/2-hour, round-trip excursion, the boat will stop for about 80 minutes for guests to enjoy a Japanese-style dinner that includes sashimi and tempura, served on the vessel.
The plan includes a one-night stay in a twin, double or deluxe twin room on a standard or executive floor; breakfast; a one-way taxi ride from the hotel to the pier; dinner and unlimited drinks on the boat. Prices range from ¥21,400 to ¥40,000 per person, depending on the season, room grade and number of people staying (one to three people per room). The plan runs through March 31.
The minimum passenger count for the boat ride is five and boat rides may be called off in unsuitable weather.
The Royal Park Hotel can be directly accessed from Suitengumae Station and is a five-minute walk from Ningyocho Station. For reservations and more information, call (03) 3667-1111.
Winter seafood delicacies in Tokyo
The Hotel New Otani Tokyo’s Japanese restaurant Kato’s Dining & Bar is offering a set meal featuring blowfish and monkfish, popular winter delicacies in Japan, through March 1.
The six-course set, including dessert, offers the two kinds of fish and other seasonal seafood and vegetables, such as steamed seasonal vegetables with tomato jelly, fried blowfish, blowfish porridge and monkfish miso hot pot, for ¥4,800. For an additional ¥2,000, blowfish sashimi can be added to the course.
The set meal is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is not available from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
At dinnertime during the same period, Kato’s is also offering an eight-dish kaiseki meal featuring other winter delicacies, such as milt, yellowtail and monkfish liver, for ¥8,400.
The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a three-minute walk from Nagatacho or Akasaka-mitsuke station. For more details, call (03) 3221-2857.
Year’s best dishes in Yokohama
The Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is offering the dinner buffet Night Kitchen Stadium — Tosca Collection.
The buffet features popular dishes from various fairs held at the Cafe Tosca restaurant throughout this year, featuring delicacies and recipes from various countries and areas, such as Canada, New Zealand, Hawaii, Yokohama and Kanagawa Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture.
The Tosca Collection will offer, for example, from the Yokohama and Kanagawa fair, a bagna cauda of vegetables picked the same morning in Yokohama; from the New Zealand fair, lamb shabu-shabu; and from the Miyagi fair, Sendai kuroge wagyu roast.
The fair runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 16, except Dec. 23 to 25. The buffet costs ¥4,700 on weekdays, ¥5,600 on weekends, holidays and Dec. 20 to 30, and ¥6,200 from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3. It costs ¥2,800 for children ages 6 to 12.
The Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is a one-minute walk from Minatomirai Station or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station. For more information or reservations, call (045) 682-2218.
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