Odaiba Valentine's Day fair

The Grand Pacific Le Daiba hotel is getting into the romantic spirit with a Valentine’s Day fair from Feb. 12 to 14.

After its special Valentine’s diplay proved a big hit last year, the hotel will again brighten up the Odaiba area by having its windows illuminated in a heart-shaped pattern. The light-up can be seen from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13.

The fair also features a special Valentine’s Day tree decorated with pink lights and preserved flowers, which will be on view in front of Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line through Feb. 14.

And in cooperation with award-winning ice-art creator Hideyuki Sone, ice sculptures will be illuminated and displayed at the hotel’s second-floor atrium plaza from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Feb. 14.

The Grand Pacific Le Daiba is adjacent to Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line. For more information, call (03) 5500-6711 or visit

Hotel Hankyu anniversary buffet

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its opening, Osaka’s Hotel Hankyu International is holding a special buffet fair at its Night & Day restaurant through March 20.

To express appreciation to its customers, the hotel is offering a variety of special top-quality dishes such as wagyu Japanese beef and lobster tempura as part of its dinner buffet service.

The buffet fair will feature chefs preparing dishes as diners look on, a patissiere giving a fruit-carving performance and steaming fresh dim sum delicacies served on carts.

Lunch buffet service is available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is priced at ¥2,500 on weekdays and ¥3,000 on weekends and holidays. Dinner buffet service is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a cost of ¥4,200 on weekdays and ¥4,500 on weekends and holidays.

Guests can choose an all-you-can-drink option for ¥1,500 (¥500 for nonalcoholic drinks). Prices include tax.

The Hotel Hankyu International is a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka Station, or a three-minute walk from Hankyu Umeda Station. For more information or reservations, call (06) 6377-3618 or visit

Palace Hotel Tokyo to reopen

The Palace Hotel Tokyo, located in front of Tokyo Station, has started accepting reservations in advance of is May 17 reopening. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s luxurious and comfortable accommodation in an atmosphere based on its time-honored tradition of hospitality.

The hotel is located in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district, Japan’s financial hub, and near the urban verdure of the Imperial Palace grounds. The Palace Hotel Tokyo, which was established in 1961 as the Palace Hotel, has been under renovation since 2009.

When renovation work has been completed, the hotel will have 290 guest rooms featuring luxurious decor and the latest amenities. It will also have 13 banquet and wedding halls, the largest of which can hold up to 1,500 people. The hotel has six restaurants and bars, offering fine French cuisine and convenient all-day dining, among other options.

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is an 8-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station or a 2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Otemachi Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3211-5218 or visit

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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