Through Aug. 31, five hotels around Osaka Station are hosting a lunch fair titled Natsu no Aji Meguri.

To celebrate summer, the Hotel New Hankyu Osaka, the Ramada Osaka, the Hotel Granvia Osaka, the Hotel Hankyu International and the Hotel Hanshin collaborate for the 13th time to hold this popular event that has served 20,000 diners. For ¥2,000, including tax and service charge, each hotel offers a special course lunch that also comes with tea or coffee.

The theme this time is to use fresh summer vegetables and fruits. Guests can opt to try original desserts or a glass of wine or beer.

For instance, the Ramada Osaka offers roast beef with pineapple sauce, the Hotel Granvia Osaka offers fried shrimp with a coconut-mango sauce and the Hotel New Hankyu Osaka offers pumpkin ice cream for dessert.

Diners who eat the special lunch at all five hotels will receive a ¥2,000 meal voucher available for use at any of the hotels.

For more information, visit www.ajimeguri.net.

Special teppanyaki course in Tsukiji

The Hotel New Hankyu Tokyo in the Tsukiji district offers a special dinner plan featuring top-quality Japanese beef at its teppanyaki restaurant, Loin, through July 27.

The special dinner course offers sirloin of the Kuroge Wagyu (Japanese Black) breed with soup, grilled vegetables, seasonal salad, dessert and coffee. The meals are prepared by chefs right before diners’ eyes in an intimate space holding just 14 seats.

The course is available Monday through Wednesday (except the first Monday of the month and holidays) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at ¥6,800, including tax and service charge. Reservations must be made at least a day in advance, mentioning the plan name, Bi-shoku Bi-jin.

The restaurant is on the 32nd floor of the hotel, which stands by the Sumida River, and offers a splendid view of the Tokyo skyline.

The Hotel New Hankyu Tokyo is a 5-minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, or a 7-minute walk from Shintomicho Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5550-5777.

Stay in Kyoto, support Nijo Castle

The Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo is offering a special accommodation plan through Sept. 30 to support the renovation of the nearly 400-year-old Nijo Castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Close to the hotel, Nijo Castle was established in the Edo Period (1603-1867), completed in 1626, and used as a Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The Ninomaru Palace, a national treasure that is housed on the castle grounds, was the stage for the declaration by Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu that he would return authority to the emperor in 1867. From 2012, Nijo Castle is undergoing a massive 20-year renovation.

From ¥6,200 for single occupancy and from ¥4,850 per person for double occupancy, the plan provides guests with an entrance ticket to visit the castle. The price includes tax and service charge, and ¥1,000 of the rate per person, per night will be donated to support the renovation of Nijo Castle.

The Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo is a 6-minute walk from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line or Shijo Station on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line. For more information or reservations, call (075) 361-5531 or visit www.gardenhotels.co.jp/kyoto.

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