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A cute and cuddly place to stay

The Royal Park Hotel the Shiodome, Tokyo is offering an accommodation plan for families to enjoy a summer stay in a room filled with stuffed animals and balloons.

In collaboration with Ty, a stuffed animal maker based in Chicago, the hotel has decorated one of its rooms with stuffed animals such as raccoons, owls, koala bears and monkeys.

Only one junior suite is available per day between July 18 and Aug. 31.

The bed and breakfast plan is offered at ¥14,200 for three guests, ¥18,000 for two and ¥30,600 for one (all prices include tax and service charge).

Although the stuffed animals must remain in the room, guests will receive a separate stuffed animal, which they can choose from three different sets when making reservations.

The Royal Park Hotel the Shiodome, Tokyo is one minute from Shiodome Station on the Yurikamome and Toei Oedo lines. For more information or reservations, call 03-6253-1111, or access www.rph-the.co.jp/shiodome.

Low-carb course menu by the bay

The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is offering a low-carb diet course on its lunch menu at the Bay View sky lounge.

Created under the supervision of Dr. Satoru Yamada, the director of the Kitasato Institute Hospital’s Diabetes Center in Minato Ward, the course is priced at ¥5,500 (including service charge, excluding tax) and must be ordered one week in advance.

The hotel developed the menu to allow guests who are watching their carbohydrate intake to enjoy a meal at the hotel.

Some of the menu items are cooked sous vide (under vacuum) and the original five-item French menu was developed under the theme of “fully utilizing all of the ingredients.”

While the average Japanese adult’s typical carbohydrate intake is 90 to 100 g per meal, this meal has only 32 g.

The course includes a salmon marinade with potherbs chaud-froid, seafood and vegetable panache (assortment), fricassee of chicken legs, bran rolls and sesame blancmange (sweet dessert made with thickened milk or cream) with vanilla ice cream.

The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is one minute from Yokohama Station (various lines). For more information or reservations, call 045-411-1188, or visit www.yokohamabay-sheraton.co.jp/restaurant_bar.


Fine French cuisine from local fare

The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa is offering a French lunch buffet featuring summer vegetables from the Shonan district (the area along the coast of Sagami Bay), together with kaisen-don (fresh seafood on top of a bowl of vinegared rice) made with local ingredients, from July 13 through Aug. 31 at its Flora brasserie.

The kaisen-don is an all-you-can-eat affair and guests can choose from a selection of seafood from the port of Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, as well as red ikura (salmon roe) and tuna from Misaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The organic Shonan vegetables are delivered directly from Hanamaru Farm, a company that owns over 30 farms in and around Odawara.

The salad bar has unusual items such as korinki, a type of Japanese pumpkin, Swiss chard, and winged beans that go well with five different types of dressing, including balsamic vinegar with yuzu (citrus fruit) and herb.

A variety of dishes adorn the buffet, including grilled summer vegetable carpaccio with pickled plum sauce, roast beef, vegetable curry, a summer vegetable lasagna, as well as desserts such as Paris-Brest (a choux pastry with a praline cream), plum and raspberry mousse, and Chinese-style almond jelly with mango or watermelon soup.

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 reservations, call 0465-28-1220, or visit www.hiltonodawara.jp.


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