Flying high at Haneda Excel Hotel

Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, adjacent to Haneda Airport, is offering a night’s stay on August 22, combining a lecture by former Japan Airlines pilot and aviation critic Hiroyuki Kobayashi with a visit to Sky Museum, Japan Airlines’ fuselage maintenance center.

To start their day, guests can enjoy a “Flyers’ Lunch Buffet” at the Flyer’s Table restaurant, which provides large windows to take in the view, followed by a visit to the Sky Museum. Guests can then stay in a room overlooking the runway, where they can enjoy viewing airplanes from their window.

On the second day, after having a breakfast buffet at Flyer’s Table, guests will listen to Kobayashi’s lecture about how he wanted to become a pilot and ended up flying for 42 years. His talk will give both children and adults a chance to think about how to realize their dreams.

For triple occupancy, the plan is from ¥16,300 for junior high school students and up, and from ¥12,500 for elementary school students (including tax and service charge).

Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu in Ota Ward can be accessed directly from Terminal 2 of Haneda Airport. For reservations, call 03-5756-6000, or for more information visit www.haneda-e.tokyuhotels.co.jp.

Ritz-Carlton, Osaka offers fun for kids

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka has created a new version of the hands-on event Ritz Salon for children to enjoy. The event will tickle children’s intellectual curiosity and leave both children and parents with happy memories of their summer vacation.

The Ritz Salon for Kids offers various events such as Italian cooking classes and sushi-making classes taught by the hotel’s master chefs, a table manner class taught at the hotel’s Michelen-starred French restaurant and creative events using pencils that can be an interesting summer vacation project for kids. For example, in the Italian cooking class, guests can experience pizza making and, better yet, can later enjoy eating their handiwork. This event will be held on July 30 from 11:30 a.m.

Reservations can be made until the day before each course. Prices vary according to the event. A 13 percent service charge will be added to each course fee.

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is seven minutes from Osaka Station. For further information and reservations, call 06-6343-7020, or visit www.ritz-carlton.co.jp.

Art at ANA Crowne Plaza Nagoya

Tying up with the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the ANA Crowne Plaza Grand Court Nagoya is through August 30 offering menus inspired by art representing the Meiji Era.

The hotel’s sky restaurant Star Gate serves a “Boston Lunch” set that comes with a ticket to the museum. The lunch set reflects the paintings of Shibata Zeshin, who played an active role from the late Edo Period until the mid Meiji Era, and includes smoked duck and seafood in a balsamic sauce, a cocktail, bread and coffee or tea. The lunch set is available for ¥3,650.

The Boston Cafe, which is on the first floor of the Kanayama Minami building, offers a dessert set that is inspired by Takaishi Shigeyoshi’s dragon sculpture for ¥1,700. The set includes tea or coffee, and a ticket to the museum.

The ANA Crowne Plaza Grand Court Nagoya is one minute from Kaneyama Station on the JR, Meitetsu, and subway lines. For more information and reservations, call 052-683-4111, or visit www.anacrowneplaza-nagoya.jp.

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