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Hot spring home away from home

Tateshina Hiiragi is a new style of hot spring inn recently opened on July 18 in Nagano Prefecture’s Tateshina area. Tateshina Hiiragi has created a space where adults can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax as if they are in a home away from home.

Hiiragi’s teppanyaki, or iron-grill, dining restaurant offers an incredible gastronomy experience using fresh ingredients native to the area. For example, basic kaiseki, or traditional Japanese cuisine, menus include steak from Nagano Pref., Hiiragi’s original venison bouillabaisse that contains plenty of seasonal vegetables and hot peppers, and bagna cauda, or hot dip, that comes with fresh summer vegetables as well as many other tantalizing dishes.

To commemorate the opening, the inn will offer a limited edition accommodation plan through Aug. 31.

Offered at ¥11,300 per person (including tax and service charge), the plan includes a full course dinner, breakfast and a healing hot spring experience. Guests can also choose from the various other affordable accommodation plans being offered at Tateshina Hiiragi.

Tateshina Hiiragi is a 20-minute taxi ride from Chino Station. For further information or reservations, call 0266-76-5782, or visitt tateshina-hiiragi.com.

Buffet with a beautiful night view

To offer an opportunity to enjoy an evening at Shiodome, The Royal Park Hotel the Shiodome is holding a dinner buffet from August 13 to 15 at its banquet hall Shiosai in which a breathtaking night view can be enjoyed.

The buffet offers about 30 selections of dishes based on French cuisine. The menu includes smoked salmon trout with broccoli salad, butter sauced oven baked fishes with saffron flavor, and a vegetable gratin containing tomato. Roast beef and risotto of foie gras will be served in front of guests directly from the pot. In addition, a magician will entertain guests by going around each table, performing magic tricks using cards and coins.

The summer dinner buffet is available for ¥5,000 for adults and ¥3,000 for elementary school children (tax and service charge included). The 90-minute buffet is available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (last admission is up to 8:30 p.m.).

The Royal Park Hotel the Shiodome, Tokyo is one minute from Shinbashi Station on the Yurikamome and Toei Oedo lines. For more information, call 03-6253-1111.


Keeping cool with craft beer offerings

The Park Hyatt Tokyo is holding its annual summer Park Brewery fair at the hotel’s Delicatessen on the first floor, through Sept. 15.

The Sankt Gallen Brewery, a well-known Japanese pioneer of locally made beer, has crafted two original beers for the hotel. This year, the regular Park Brewery Ale is brewed from 21 different kinds of hops to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the hotel’s opening and its refreshing, rich flavor goes down well. Additionally, the new Meyer Lemon Ale brewed with Mie Prefecture’s Meyer lemons has a fresh citrus taste.

In the hotel’s airy, light-filled atrium, guests can enjoy two hours of as much of the beer as they wish for ¥3,500 (tax included). A special plate of snacks including the succulent duck rillettes, a popular Delicatessen item, is offered with the beer.

The Delicatessen is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sat., Sun. and holidays (last admission at 7 p.m.).

The Park Hyatt Tokyo is 12 minutes from Shinjuku Station and eight minutes from Tochomae Station (Oedo Line). For more information and reservations, call the Delicatessen at 03-5323-3635, or visit www.tokyo.park.hyatt.com.


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