Spring Chinese courses at New Otani

In preparation for the coming of spring, the Hotel New Otani Tokyo is offering a special course plan for celebratory occasions for a group of four or more people at its Chinese restaurant, Taikan En, whose 16th-floor location offers panoramic views, through April 27.

During spring, there are many events to be celebrated in Japan, such as the start of the school year, graduation ceremonies, and parties for new and departing work colleagues.

The plan offers authentic Chinese cuisine with seasonal ingredients, such as shark fin soup, shrimp cooked in a variety of styles, dim sum and Peking duck. There are four price levels for the courses — ¥8,000 (lunchtime only), ¥10,000, ¥12,000 and ¥17,000 per person — and the menu changes according to the level.

Also, in addition to the course menu, guests have the opportunity to choose one of five special options, such as a glass of sparkling wine or, for parties of six or more, one additional dish from the ¥12,000 course menu.

The prices include tax but are subject to a service charge. Reservations are required at least three days in advance.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Nagatacho or Akasaka-Mitsuke stations on the Tokyo Metro. For more information or reservations, call Taikan En at (03) 3238-0030, or visit

Shangri-La anniversary spa specials

This year, the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, in the Marunouchi district of the capital marks the third anniversary of its opening, and is offering special deals in celebration, such as body therapy treatments at the hotel’s spa, Chi, through May 31.

Massages and treatments at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La are based on authentic natural healing methods found in the traditional well-being practices shared by many Asian cultures. With roots set in the Chinese five-element system of wood, fire, earth, metal and water to harmonize the body’s energy, each treatment at Chi draws on the traditional techniques of its place of origin and the culture in which it develops.

Before treatment, the staff at Chi will provide counseling tailored to each individual guest.

The special anniversary courses involve elemental stone therapy and are available in a 120-minute body treatment for ¥28,000, a 90-minute facial treatment for ¥25,000 and a 150-minute body and facial treatment for ¥33,000. Prices include tax and a service charge.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, is a 2-minute walk from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station. For more information and reservations, call Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La at (03) 6739-7880, or visit

The Strings cherry blossom cocktails

As the cherry blossom season is just around the corner, The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is offering three special cocktails featuring the seasonal flower at its international cuisine restaurant, The Dining Room, located on the 26th floor, from which guests can enjoy views of Tokyo with these colorful cocktails, through April 30.

The Sakura Martini (center) is a vodka-based martini that has a balanced flavor and the scent of cherry blossoms. The Sakura Komachi (right) is a sake-based sweet and sour cocktail using cherry blossoms and umeshu (plum liquor), served in a glass within a masu (wood square cup measure) as often seen in sake establishments. The Sakura Rikyu is a vodka-based sweet cocktail using matcha green tea, egg liqueur and brown sugar syrup, served in a glass whose rim is coated with salt and cherry blossom liqueur.

These cocktails are available from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at ¥1,365 each, including tax but subject to a service charge.

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is a 1-minute walk from Shinagawa Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5783-1258 or visit

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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