Take your fellowship to a new banquet hall; see Tokyo's two famous towers; Osaka food, sights package

Two towers, Sumida boat ride plan

The Hotel Century Southern Tower in Shinjuku has splendid views of Tokyo and is offering a special accommodation plan that includes views of Tokyo’s two landmark towers, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, through March 31, 2013.

Of the hotel’s 375 guest rooms, 150 rooms allow guests to have a view of the two towers. This plan offers those rooms and a one-way ticket on a boat ride along the Sumida River Line organized by Tokyo Cruise Ship Co. The vessel goes between Asakusa and Hinode Pier to give guests an interesting tour of Tokyo by water.

Also, special discount tickets to the Odakyu Department Store and Takashimaya Department Store in Shinjuku are included.

The plan is available from ¥16,000 per person including tax and a service charge, as well as a breakfast buffet at the hotel’s French-inspired restaurant, Tribeks. Accommodation plans without breakfast are also available.

The boat ticket is valid for three days from date of check-in.

The Hotel Century Southern Tower is a 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 5354-2172 or visit

Banquet renewal with special offer

The Royal Park Hotel in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo renewed its Palazzo dining facility as a restaurant and banquet hall on Sept. 3.

Palazzo is located on the hotel’s 20th floor and used to be a French restaurant that was often used as a wedding hall. Keeping its authentic French cuisine, the restaurant is now a dedicated venue for parties and has interiors that are intended to exude a sense of dignity and majesty like an ancient Greek palace.

In commemoration of the renewal, the hotel is offering special banquet and wedding plans.

The banquet plan features three levels of standing buffet service priced at ¥10,000, ¥12,500 and ¥15,000 per person. Guests can add an all-you-can-drink plan at two levels, costing ¥2,500 and ¥3,000 per person. The plan is available until Dec. 21. Prices include tax and a service charge.

The Royal Park Hotel is adjacent to Suitengumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line. For more information and reservations, visit

Osaka sightseeing, dining vacation

As the autumn travel season arrives, the Hotel New Otani Osaka in Chuo Ward is now offering a special accommodation plan that encourages guests to enjoy the sights and delights of the city, through Nov. 30.

The overnight plan includes many extras such as tickets to the donjon of Osaka Castle, the onsen hot-spring theme park SpaWorld and the Tsutenkaku Tower, which marks its 100th anniversary this year.

In addition, to sample Osaka cuisines, guests receive a coupon for a set of kushikatsu (fried skewered food) and doteyaki (stewed beef sinew) and a voucher for takoyaki (octopus dumplings).

The plan also includes a buffet breakfast.

The special plan is available from ¥16,000 per person for a superior twin room, and a junior suite room is available at ¥23,500 per person. On the national holiday on Nov. 23, an extra ¥2,000 will be charged. Prices include tax and a service charge.

The 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) 6949-3232 or visit

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