50 years for Hotel Toba Kowakien

Hotel Toba Kowakien in Toba, Mie Prefecture, is offering accommodation plans through July 16, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, as well as celebrating Japan’s hosting of the 2016 summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations in the area where Ise Shrine stands. The hotel is about 30 minutes by car from the shrine.

The hotel is offering two plans, with the first being an overnight stay without breakfast for ¥2,177 (tax and service charge included). Only three rooms are available per day.

The other plan is a bed and breakfast plan, which is normally priced from ¥9,800 per person. It is available from ¥5,292 and ¥8,532 per person (tax and service charge included) during this period. There is an extra charge of ¥3,000 on Saturdays.

Breakfast is a Japanese-Western buffet, and there is a beautiful view of Toba bay from the restaurant.

The Hotel Toba Kowaiken is 10 minutes by car from Kintetsu Toba Station (Kintetsu Line) and a free shuttle bus is available. For more information, call 0599-25-3251, or visit www.toba-kowakien.com.

Beer in the forest by the bay

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the InterContinental Tokyo Bay, the Forest Beer Garden will open in the fourth-floor Carlton ballroom from July 1 to Sept. 18.

With trees and lanterns decorating the room, the indoor space is transformed into a fantastical garden, complemented by the Chef’s Live Stage, where the chefs prepare a variety of dishes in front of the guests.

Of note is the range of dishes offered, ranging from hors d’oeuvres such as a tortilla with chicken and boiled vegetables; gazpacho with tomato jelly to hot dishes such as ethnic-style dim sum with sweet chili sauce and tuna spareribs. Pasta and an a la carte menu are also available. Included in the ¥6,000 (tax and service charge included) plan is two-hours of free-flowing draft beer, wine and a variety of cocktails such as pina coladas, blue Hawaiis, and fuzzy navels.

The InterContinental Tokyo Bay Hotel is adjacent to Takeshiba Station on the Yurikamome Line or eight minutes from JR Hamamatsucho Station. For more information, call 03-5404-3956.

Summer desserts at The Hyatt Regency

Guests can enjoy summer desserts such as cocktail macaroons (cocktail-flavored jelly sandwiched in macaroons), verrines and petit gateau at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo’s pastry shop starting June 19.

A box of five macaroons is ¥1,340 (tax included) and includes five flavors: Kir, pina colada, mojito, Alexander and salty dog. The verrines are priced from ¥627 to ¥648 (tax included) and there are four flavors: Mango, melon, citrus and spice, and rose and yogurt.

There are five flavors of petit gateau, including banana and macadamia nut, mango and pineapple and grapefruit with milk chocolate. They are priced at ¥594, except for the mango-flavored gateau which is ¥627.

Also, an afternoon tea set with summertime desserts will be offered for ¥2,970 from July 1 to Sept. 30 at the Cafe on the second floor. It is available from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is one minute from Tochomae Station (Oedo Line), four minutes from Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi Line) and nine minutes from Shinjuku Station. For more information, call 03-3348-1234.

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