The Royal Park Hotel in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo is offering special activity-based summer accommodation plans through Sept. 30.
One purpose of the plans is to help elementary school students with their summer assignments. The plans offer activities that may help satisfy a topic of independent research. For example, in the paper-pressing workshop plan, which comes with a one-night stay, guests can make their own washi (Japanese paper) at the Ozu Washi paper store, which dates from the Edo Period. From straining to pressing, guests can experience the entire paper-making process.
The price of the plans varies depending on the number of adults and children under middle school age per room, starting from ¥21,000. The workshops run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the day of checkout. The package comes with breakfast and a one-day pass for the Tokyo Metro transportation system.
The Royal Park Hotel is adjacent to Suitengumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line. For more information and reservations, call (03) 3667-1115 or visit www.rph.co.jp.
Savor world cuisine in Matsumoto
The Hotel Buena Vista in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, is holding a summer buffet fair on select dates through Aug. 22.
The theme for this year is Meet the World, and the buffet includes cuisine from 10 countries around the globe. Dishes include fish escabeche from France, green pea rice from Pakistan, fish and chips from Britain, and bubur candil coconut milk dessert from Indonesia.
Also on offer will be authentic local cuisine from Shinshu (the historic name Nagano Prefecture) that was served for the representatives of the 23rd United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues, which was held in Matsumoto from July 27 to 29.
The buffet is available Aug. 6-11, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 22, between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays and Aug. 20, and between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends. From Aug. 8 to 10, the event will held in the third-floor Grande banquet hall. At all other times, it will be in the second-floor Mediano banquet hall.
The buffet costs ¥3,900, ¥2,000 for elementary school students and ¥500 for those over age 3 but not yet in elementary school.
The Hotel Buena Vista is a 7-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available. For more information or reservations, call (0263) 37-0111 or visit www.buena-vista.co.jp.
Taste beers from around the globe
The Hotel Century Southern Tower in Tokyo is holding its annual summer World Beer Fair, offering drinks from around the globe, at its 20th-floor continental restaurant, Tribeks, through Aug. 31.
This year, the hotel has prepared 11 kinds of beer — three on tap and eight bottled — from nine countries, including Japan.
The draft beers include Kilkenny from Ireland and Yebisu from Japan. The selection of bottled beers includes Pure Blonde from Australia, Moosehead from Canada, Carlsberg from Denmark, Beck’s from Germany, Peroni Nastro Azzurro from Italy and Kona Long Board Island Lager from the United States.
The fair is held during lunchtime, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (until 4 p.m. on Sat., Sun. and holidays), and at dinnertime, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The price of each beer ranges from ¥600 to ¥950, excluding tax and 10 percent service charge at dinnertime. There is no service charge at lunchtime.
The Hotel Century Southern Tower is a 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. For more information, call (03) 5354-2177 or visit www.southerntower.co.jp.
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