New Otani Osaka's outdoor pool open

The Hotel New Otani Osaka has opened its outdoor pool on the fourth floor, through Sept. 17.

From the pool, guests can see Osaka Castle and the greenery of the Osaka Castle Park. The outdoor pool not only caters to swimmers but also those who want to cool down by the poolside and relax among colorful flowers and greenery.

A range of services is also available, such as foot relaxation massages and the hotel’s special Hawaiian-inspired cuisine. While the pool is open, a special accommodation plan that includes a pool admission ticket is available.

The pool is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is ¥5,000 for men, ¥2,000 for women (¥2,500 per child) on weekdays, and ¥10,000 per person (¥5,000 per child) on weekends, holidays and days before holidays. From Aug. 11-17, only those on the accommodation plan with the pool ticket will be allowed to enter the pool.

For those who want to have a particularly luxurious time, special premium seats that come with free drinks, bath robes and towels, will also be available for three hours at an extra charge of ¥10,000 per couple.

Hotel New Otani Osaka is a 3-minute walk from JR Osaka-jo Koen Station or subway Osaka Business Park Station. For more information, call (06) 6941-1111 or visit

Imperial Hotel Tokyo’s curry fair

For guests to gain energy and beat the summer heat, the Imperial Hotel Tokyo is holding a curry fair at its all-day dining Parkside Diner on the first floor on the main building, through Aug. 31.

At the fair, four kinds of the curries — the hotel’s special beef curry, vegetable curry, fried shrimp curry and dry curry — are being offered. In addition, two additional special curries are offered each month.

For July, seafood curry with saffron rice, which includes shrimp, scallop, squid and sauteed white fish, and Indian curry with chicken fritters are being offered.

For August, vegetable curry with Japan’s renowned Daisen chicken and a special coconut curry from the Imperial Hotel’s affiliate Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki beach in Hawaii will be offered.

Curries are available starting from ¥2,400 including tax but subject to a service charge.

The fair is being held daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Hibiya or Uchisaiwaicho subway stations, and a 5-minute walk from Yurakucho or Ginza stations. For more information, call (03) 3539-8046 or visit

Winning cocktail at the Four Seasons

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi’s sommelier and bartender Mayumi Hashimoto won first place at the Happy Aperitif Competition 2012 last month.

Hosted by the French food and lifestyle promotion agency Sopexa, the event involved bartenders presenting their original cocktails at the competition. Among the more than 100 participants, the Hashimoto’s drink, Annecy, won the top prize.

To commemorate her victory, the Annecy cocktail is available at the hotel’s ekki Bar & Grill through July 31.

The inspiration for Hashimoto’s cocktail came from the scenic beautiful blues and greens of the 1896 painting “Lac d’Annecy” by Paul Cezanne. Her cocktail features a similar emerald green hue, made with pear-flavored vodka as a base, mixed with apple juice, mint liqueur and Pernod added to give accent to the taste.

The cocktail is available at ¥2,000 including tax but subject to a 15 percent service charge.

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is a 3-minute walk from the Yaesu South Exit of Tokyo Station or from Kyobashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5222-5810 or email

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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