Surrounded by nature at El Bosco

After being closed through the winter months, Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco in Nagano Prefecture is set to reopen April 11.

Designed by Japanese architect Kiyoshi Seike, the resort hotel is located by Lake Nojiri nestled in a forest within the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. Also, Togakushi Shrine, one of the nation’s strongest “power spots,” and Zenkoji Temple, which boasts more than 1,400 years of history, are within a one-hour drive.

In conjunction with reopening, the hotel is offering several accommodation plans.

The Cuisine Terroir plan is a package that includes a one night stay in a twin room and dinner at the hotel’s Moment restaurant for ¥24,300 per person (including tax and service charge). Executive chef Shuya Tanaka offers delicious dishes using seasonal ingredients.

The Offsite Meeting plan is a conference accommodation package far removed from the stress of work for ¥26,000 per person. Also, a package offering yoga in the forest will be available from late April to June 30 for ¥30,780.

Nojiriko Hotel El Bosco is approximately 15 minutes by taxi from Kurohime or Myoko Kogen stations. For more information or reservations, call the hotel at 026-258-2111, or visit www.nojirikohotel-elbosco.com .

Ninja invasion at Hilton Odawara

After completing renovations, the Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa has reopened its two banquet halls. The halls named Nagame (with a capacity for 80 people) and Nozomi (capacity for 60) are on the top floor and offer a breathtaking view of the ocean. The rooms are suitable for weddings, meetings or other occasions.

Celebrating the refurbishing of the halls, as well as that of rooms and other facilities, the hotel will organize a housewarming event on April 25, and is currently seeking 1,000 participants who are requested to dress in a ninja motif. The event will include ninja experiences, bingo games and other enjoyable activities for both adults and children.

Also, the Hilton Odawara Kids Club that launched in February is offering a variety of programs for children to enjoy such as cooking classes and horseback riding. Member privileges also include gifts and free meals on birthdays and a variety of discounts. The service is available for children aged 4 to 12 and costs just ¥1,500 to join.

The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa is 15 minutes by car from Odawara Station. There is a shuttle bus from the station on weekdays and a daily shuttle bus service from Nebukawa Station, two stops from Odawara. For more information, call 0465-29-1000 or visit www.hiltonodawara.jp.

Swissotel Nankai Osaka promotions

Swissotel Nankai Osaka is offering smoothies to commemorate 1,200 years since the esoteric Buddhist training monastery in Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture was opened by Kobo Daishi Kukai.

The Nadeshiko smoothie is a blend of yogurt and vegetable juice with soymilk powder topping, while Nanohana smoothie is a mix of vegetable juice, soymilk and mango juice. Smoothies are available at the Lounge on the sixth floor for ¥1,200 (excluding tax and service fees) through April 30.

From March 16 to April 5, the hotel will offer lunch plans to welcome families with children. Japanese restaurant Hana-Goyomi on the 10th floor will offer one child (under 12) per adult a temaki-zushi (hand-rolled sushi) set for free. Tavola 36 Italian Restaurant and Chinese restaurant Empress Room will offer one child (aged between 4 and 12) per adult a free lunch buffet. Reservations are required.

Since launched in January, the Namba Evening Walk has attracted overseas guests its 45-minute sightseeing tour introducing the Ura-Namba area around the hotel.

Swissotel Nankai Osaka is directly above Namba Station (various lines). For more information and reservations, call 06-6648-1111 or visit www.swissotel-osaka.co.jp .

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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