‘Sakura’ decoration at Peninsula

The Peninsula Tokyo will celebrate hanami (cherry blossom viewing) with gorgeous decorations and unique dishes.

From March 7 to March 14, the hotel’s lobby will be decked out in cherry blossoms lit by a chandelier that combines Japanese tradition and design with a motif of fireflies and fireworks.

During the same period, restaurant Peter will serve a limited-edition Sakura (cherry blossom) dinner for ¥11,000 per person (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.). The course includes marinated salmon and radish with citron and sakura dressing, grilled shrimp coated in a unique bearnaise sauce made from blood oranges, roast duck and steamed spring vegetables with a sweet and sour cherry sauce, and sakura-flavored strawberry mousse.

Sakura menus will also be offered in the hotel’s other bars and restaurants through season.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Hibiya lines, and the Toei Mita Line; or three minutes from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station or Yurakucho Station (JR, Tokyo Metro). For more information or reservations, call 03-6270-2731.

Palace Hotel ‘hanami’ lunch box

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is holding its annual hanami, or cherry-blossom viewing, with events at its restaurants, bar, and shops featuring sakura (cherry blossoms).

From March 10 through April 20, the long-beloved restaurant Wadakura is offering hanami bento (lunch box) sets called Haruka for ¥6,500 during lunchtime (11:30 to 14:30). The bento is comprised of chirashi-zushi (sushi rice topped with fish and a variety of other ingredients), three other dishes and a jelly desert, each filled with bright spring flavors.

On the first floor, the all-day dining Grand Kitchen is preparing sakura parfaits made with sakura jelly, sweet sake ice cream and strawberry ice cream. The dessert is available for ¥1,500, through April 30.

In the basement, the Sweets & Deli shop awaits guests with a selection of sweets and breads made with sakura. Among them, the hotel’s renowned Marron Chantilly is shaped like a crown made of pink whipped cream, and its three-layered sakura tiramisu offers a flavorful taste of sakura liqueur.

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is eight minutes from JR Tokyo Station or two minutes form Tokyo Metro Otemachi Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-3211-5211, or visit www.palacehoteltokyo.com .

‘Sakura’ stay at Yokohama Bay

The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is offering a Sakura Biyori accommodation package from March 29 through April 12, the best season for viewing sakura, or cherry blossoms.

The road connecting Sakuragicho Station to the hotel is renowned for cherry blossom viewing and guests can enjoy the luxury of this beautiful view spreading beneath the hotel.

On the second day of guests’ stay, the hotel provides lunch at the Chinese restaurant Turandot with sakura cocktails and a sakura desert buffet. Also, checkout is extended to noon under this plan so guests can take their time admiring cherry blossoms.

The plan is available from ¥11,000 (including tax and service fees) for a twin room.

The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is one minute from Minatomirai Station or 10 minutes from Sakuragicho Station. For more information or reservations, call 045-682-2222 or visit ybht.co.jp

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