Tasting the ‘Tapa-tizer’

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo in Shinagawa has launched a new style dining plan called “Tapa-tizer,” at the Dining Room, from Sept. 16.

The hotel coined the term to refer to tapas appetizers. In other words, customers can enjoy over 20 kinds of small savory dishes. Staff will serve a series of plates to customers, and if there is a particular favorite, they can order as much as they want.

The various small dishes, made with selected and seasonal products are sure to excite the palate, go well with drinks.

The Tapa-tizer is part of the restaurant’s new dinner course. The main dish of the course is cooked on Nambu Tekki, traditional Japanese ironware from Iwate Prefecture. Customers can pick one from six main dishes, including roast bone-in Korenai pork, which will be cut in at the table.

The dinner course is available for ¥8,000 per person. In the bar area, those who want tapas can choose from other plans, with the 15 item “Tapas Variadas” available for ¥4,000 and the three dish “Tapas Variadas 3” for ¥1,200.

Prices exclude tax and service charge.

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is one minute from the Konan Exit of Shinagawa Station (various lines). For more information and reservations, call 03-5783-1258.

Renewing wedding vows

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo launched a new banquet plan for vow renewals, and it will be available through September 2015.

The hotel already had plans for gold and silver anniversaries, but in order to let couples cerebrate any anniversary, the hotel developed the “Anniversary Wedding” plan. The plan allows a couple’s children or grandchildren to give it as a gift.

The plan is available from ¥280,000 for a minimum of six people, and contains various features: French meals, drinks, including a glass of champagne for a toast, two hours of dining room use, a single-pose studio photo shoot, table flowers, background music and a gift.

For the dishes, the hotel will accommodate requests as much as possible, including recreating the dishes enjoyed on the couple’s wedding day.

There is also ceremony plans that include three options: renewing their vows in the hotel’s chapel with a priest, through Shrine rites or in the banquet room (prices vary).

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo is three minutes from Hibiya and Uchisaiwaicho stations, or five minutes from Ginza and Yurakucho stations. For more information and reservations, call 03-3539-8700.

Relaxing welcome to autumn

The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa in Kanagawa Prefecture is welcoming the change to a more bearable season with an autumn fair.

Taking advantage of its location and large area, the hotel offers a morning yoga lesson at its multipurpose space, on Sept. 20 and 27.

The vast outdoor space offers a carpet of natural grass surrounded by abundant greenery, with a wonderful view of the ocean. Customers can enjoy a relaxing start to their day, taking in fresh morning breezes.

After the lesson, customers can enjoy the hotel’s morning buffet, which is made with many locally grown vegetables, and includes an original and healthy smoothie.

Additionally, free access to the hotel’s hot spring bath and a trial fitness lesson will be offered.

The plan is available to only the first 30 applicants and is ¥3,500 per person, including tax and service charge. The yoga lesson will start from 7:30 a.m. and in the event of rain, the lesson will be held in the Hilton arena.

The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa is a 15-minute drive from Odawara Station. A shuttle bus is available from the station on weekdays and a daily shuttle bus service is available from Nebukawa Station. For more information, call 0465-28-1208.

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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