Stay in Hakone, get a free tour by taxi; family specials at Hyatt Regency; Rihga Royal Golden Week buffets

Stay in Hakone, get a free tour by taxi

The Odakyu Hotel Hatsuhana in Hakone Okuyumoto, Kanagawa Prefecture, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and offering a special accommodation plan with a free three-hour sightseeing tour by taxi, through Sept. 30.

As the weather warms and the mountains become lush with greenery, now is a great time to visit the Hakone area, one of the closest and largest spa resort areas to Tokyo. Through the plan, customers can go sightseeing by taxi after having breakfast and checking out, meaning a relaxed and unhurried way to see the sights.

Dinner consists of the hotel’s special kaiseki course, the menu of which changes monthly to feature seasonal products. Also, customers can receive a 20 percent discount for lunch at the following hotels around the area: the Odakyu Hotel de Yama and the Odakyu Hakone Highland Hotel.

The plan is available from ¥24,150 per person for quadruple occupancy, including dinner, breakfast, tax and miscellaneous charges. The plan is not offered on Saturdays, May 3-5 or Aug. 1-18.

The Odakyu Hotel Hatsuhana is a 10-minute bus ride from Hakone-Yumoto Station (Hakone Tozan Railway). For more information or reservations, call (0460) 85-7321 or visit .

Hyatt Regency’s special family offer

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo in the Shinjuku area is offering a family-friendly accommodation plan called Kids & Family Stay, through May 31.

Usually, the Hyatt group offers free accommodations and breakfast for a child under 12 years old when staying with an adult. With this plan, the hotel also includes free dinner for one child.

There are three dinner options: Chinese restaurant Jade Garden, Japanese restaurant Kakou or room-service steak dinner. Each dinner is prepared as a special course for children.

Also, many other features, such as free parking and use of spa facilities, are included.

The plan is available from ¥19,250 per person for triple occupancy (two adults and a child). The price includes tax and a service charge but is subject to the Tokyo accommodation tax.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is connected to Tochomae Station (Oedo Line), a 4-minute walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi Line) and a 9-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (various lines). For more information and reservations, call (03) 5321-8181 or visit .

Golden Week family buffets in Osaka

The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is offering special Golden Week buffets for families at its all-day restaurant Remone and buffet restaurant Mizube. As a special treat, one child under elementary school age can enjoy the buffet for free with each adult.

Remone has a special dinner buffet, through May 6, from ¥5,000 per person (from ¥3,000 per elementary school student). From the restaurant’s signature dishes, such as seafood pilaf and Japanese kuroge (black-hair) beef stew to various tapas that go with alcohol, a variety of dishes are available.

Mizube, opened especially for the holiday season through May 5, offers a range of meals from Japanese to Western dishes that are popular with both kids and adults. The buffet is available both for lunch and dinner, from ¥3,600 per person (from ¥2,100 per elementary school student).

Prices include tax.

The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is directly connected to Nakanoshima Station (Keihan Line). There is also a daily shuttle bus service from Osaka Station (various lines). For more information or reservations, call (06) 6448-1056 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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