Osaka Hilton countdown party

The Hilton Osaka will be counting down to 2014 with a party at The In Place lobby lounge Dec. 31.

On a “Back to the ’80s” theme, there will be live music, a special buffet and all-you-can-drink beverages, including champagne.

Also, following the Japanese tradition of eating soba on the last day of the year (buckwheat noodles are believed to bring good luck, family fortune and symbolize longevity because of their length), toshikoshi soba will be served.

Guests can see out the old year, celebrate and welcome the coming new year to a nostalgic up-tempo beat with a glass of champagne.

The party will start from 9 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m.

Admission is ¥8,000 per person, including tax and a service charge. Advanced reservations are required.

The Hilton Osaka is a 2-minute walk from Osaka Station (various lines). For more information or reservations, call 06-6347-0310 or visit www.hilton.co.jp/osaka .

Winter accommodation plan

For a relaxing holiday season, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo is offering a winter accommodation plan.

In addition to its suites, the hotel has three types of rooms: Premium Floor, Executive Floor and Classic Floor. Guests can choose whether to add breakfast to their stay.

In addition, for an extra ¥10,000 for double occupancy (¥15,000 triple occupancy), guests can use the hotel’s Executive Lounge on the 35th floor.

The hotel is located in the center of Tokyo’s Akasaka, a district dotted with government offices and the embassies of various countries. Roppongi, one of the capital’s biggest entertainment areas, is accessible on foot.

The plan is available from ¥24,300 for double occupancy in a Classic Floor room without breakfast, including tax and a service charge.

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is a 5-minute walk from Tameike-Sanno Station (Ginza and Nanboku lines). For more information or reservations, call 03-3505-1111 or visit ww.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp .

Hakone hot springs and fugu stay

The Odakyu Hotel Hatsuhana in Hakone Okuyumoto, Kanagawa Prefecture, is offering its popular winter accommodation plan that comes with a kaiseki dinner featuring fugu, a seasonal winter delicacy in Japan.

After warming themselves in the hotel’s hot springs, guests can enjoy a Japanese course menu using fresh fugu from Kyushu and the Shimonoseki area, which is famous as a major torafugu production area. A variety of fugu dishes, such as tessa (raw, translucent slices), grilled fugu and fugu hot pot are on the menu.

Also, hot sake flavored with grilled fugu fins is available at an additional charge, and a Japanese-style breakfast is included in the plan.

The offer is available through February (except between Dec. 27 and Jan. 6) from ¥27,150 per person for quadruple occupancy, including a service charge and miscellaneous taxes.

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 www.odakyu-hotel.co.jp/hatsuhana .

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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