Sumida ferry accommodation plan

May is an ideal time to venture around Tokyo: One can enjoy the warm spring season with flowers and a refreshing breeze before the rainy season arrives in June. The Hotel New Hankyu Tokyo in the Tsukiji district is offering a special accommodation package including a ferry cruise on the Sumida River, through May 31.

The package offers a one-way ticket on the Tokyo Mizube Line from the stop in front of the hotel. The vessel heads toward Ryogoku and Asakusa. From the ferry, guests can see Tokyo’s new landmark, Tokyo Sky Tree, which will open on May 22.

In addition, the package includes an overnight stay at a room located above the hotel’s 33rd floor so that guests can enjoy splendid views of Tokyo.

The package is available from ¥6,000 per person for triple occupancy, including tax and a service charge. The ferry does not run on Mondays.

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 and reservations, call (03) 5550-5700.

Hyogo Prefecture produce buffet fair

The Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers is promoting the abundant fresh produce from its prefecture by holding a fair celebrating Hyogo Prefecture, through June 30.

Hyogo is located between the Sea of Japan and the Seto Inland Sea. Due to the range of the topographies and climates, many foods are harvested from both the land and the sea. In addition, Hyogo was home to five ancient provinces, meaning the cuisine is different in each area.

During the fair at the hotel’s Garden Cafe restaurant, ingredients from each of the five ancient provinces will be used in a range of dishes, served buffet-style, such as Akashi sea bream, Kobe pork, Awaji onions and Banshu somen.

The lunch buffet is available from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at ¥2,800 per person. The dinner buffet is available from 5:30-9:30?p.m. at ¥3,500 per person. The prices include soft drinks, tax and a service charge.

The Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers is a 1-minute walk from Island Center Station on the Rokko Liner. For more information and reservations, call (078) 857-7040 or visit

Reservations at Tokyo Station Hotel

Getting ready for its grand reopening on Oct. 3, the Tokyo Station Hotel has been accepting reservations since May 8.

The hotel offers 150 guest rooms and occupies the second to fourth floors of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building, designated as an Important Cultural Asset of Japan. The restored brick Gothic building boasts a prime location, steps away from major train lines including the shinkansen bullet trains, and a short walk from the Imperial Palace.

The hotel offers six types of guest rooms: Classic, Palace Side, Dome Side, Maisonette, Suite and Royal Suite.

At the top floor of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building is the breakfast lounge Atrium, which is available to guests staying at the hotel.

The Tokyo Station Hotel is inside JR Tokyo Station and a 1-minute walk from Tokyo Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. For more information and reservations, call (03) 5220-1112, email or visit

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