It can seem that in the modern world stresses and worries abound, which is why the Hyatt Regency Kyoto is offering a special accommodation package called Ishoku Dogen.

The phrase ishoku dogen is Japanese for “staying healthy by having a balanced diet.” This package includes two nights’ accommodation with special dinners at the hotel’s Touzan Japanese restaurant and three acupuncture treatments at Riraku Spa and Fitness. The meals comprise a kanpo pot on one night and yakuzen kaiseki on the other, both of which are made with Chinese herbal medicines, tailored to each guest’s condition based on the acupuncturist’s advice. Japanese-style breakfast is also included, either as room service or at The Grill restaurant. The hotel hopes this package can create a truly relaxing experience to relieve physical and mental stresses.

The package starts from ¥98,000 for single occupancy and from ¥152,000 for double occupancy, including tax and a 10 percent service charge. Customers must book the acupuncture treatments at Riraku at least two weeks in advance.

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a 5-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line or a 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station. For more information, call (075) 541-3210 or email reservations.kyoto@hyatt.com.

Try sweet potato Mont Blanc at tea

During teatime at the Hotel Century Southern Tower’s South Court lounge and bar, a special autumn dessert is being offered through Nov. 20.

On the 20th floor of the Tokyo hotel, the South Court has prepared a special Mont Blanc pastry made from sweet potatoes, limited to 20 servings a day.

The Mont Blanc is lavished with sweet potatoes, a popular autumn delight, and served with caramelized apple slices.

The dessert is available from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at ¥1,559, which includes tax, a service charge and a choice of coffee or tea.

As reservations cannot be made at the South Court, the sweets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Hotel Century Southern Tower is a 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. For more information, call (03) 5354-0111 or visit www.southerntower.co.jp.

New Christmas cakes at Westin Tokyo

The Westin Tokyo has prepared its annual Christmas cakes for the holiday season. This year, the hotel has added five new cakes, giving customers 13 from which to choose.

Three of the new Christmas cakes are especially made for children, so no alcohol is used. They come in fun shapes: a train, a house and a log. Each of these three cakes is 28 cm long and costs ¥5,600.

The unique Reversi (a board game similar to Othello) chocolate liqueur cake is available for ¥35,000 (31 cm × 31 cm). Other classic yet gorgeously decorated Christmas cakes start from ¥4,200. Quantities are limited for some cakes and orders must be made by 6 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Besides cakes, a Christmas hamper, Australian prime rib roast, roast turkey and roast chicken are also available for order. In addition, baked goods at the hotel for this season include classic stollen, premium panettone, Christmas cookies and Santa Claus-shaped meringues.

All prices include tax.

The Westin Tokyo is a 10-minute walk from Ebisu Station. For more information, call (03) 5423-7865 or visit www.westin-tokyo.co.jp/restaurant/deli/index.html.

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