Stay plan for Tokyo marathoners

Marathon running is becoming increasingly popular. Especially in winter, there are many marathons held all over the world and many joggers take part. The Hyatt Regency Tokyo in the Shinjuku area of the capital is offering a unique accommodation plan to support runners.

The Tokyo Marathon, which is slated to take place Feb. 23, is one of the biggest international running events. The accommodation plan has been designed especially for this year’s race and features many support services.

There’s an overnight stay Feb. 22 with breakfast, and in collaboration with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Amino Value series sports drinks will be available in rooms. A seminar on how best to run the course will be given by an expert and, after checking out, runners’ bags will be taken to the marathon’s finishing area.

The plan costs ¥42,195, including taxes and a service charge.

It is limited to only 20 rooms and reservations, by telephone only, will open at 9 a.m. Jan. 15.

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

New year lunches in Kobe

The ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe hotel is celebrating the new year with a ¥2,014 lunch at its restaurants, through Feb. 28.

The hotel’s three restaurants — Level 36, Suzhou and Kitano — each offer distinct flavors. At the Chinese restaurant Suzhou, customers can select one of four main dishes to accompany soup, a side dish and dessert.

The teppanyaki (grilled food) restaurant Kitano offers seasonal produce such as Japanese amberjack and squid for January, together with stir-fried beef and vegetables, and much more.

The menus will change monthly, and the price includes tax and a service charge.

Premium membership courtesy or other discount coupons cannot be used for this lunch. The menus may be changed without notice due to the availability of ingredients.

The ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe is adjacent to Shin-Kobe Station (Sanyo Shinkansen Line and other lines), which is about 2 minutes from Sannomiya Station (various lines) by train. For more information or reservations, visit www.anacrowneplaza-kobe.jp .

Meals from the movies

We often see mouthwatering dishes in movies. The Palace Hotel Tokyo, situated near Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, will duplicate those dishes and hold a special dinner event Feb. 26.

The hotel’s chefs will prepare a French dinner course with dishes from appetizer to dessert that are authentically re-created from the silver screen. For instance, the meat for the main dish is the same as seen in “Garcon!” (1983) and a dessert is the one from “Marie Antoinette” (2006).

Also, as an appetizer, truffle bruschetta, which is in “Haute Cuisine” (2012) and was highly acclaimed when the hotel duplicated it at the movie’s release party, will be served.

As a guest speaker, Masuhiro Yamamoto, a food critic and recipient of the L’ordre du Mérite Agricole Chevalier from the French government, will entertain guests.

Admission is ¥19,000 per person, including tax and a service charge. Advanced reservations are required and are now being accepted.

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is directly connected to Otemachi Station (various lines) or an 8-minute walk from Tokyo Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-3211-5326 or visit www.palacehoteltokyo.com .

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