Last chance for summer getaway

The Hotel Century Southern Tower in Shinjuku is offering a plan for guests to enjoy a late summer vacation through Sept. 30.

In this accommodation package, guests can check-in from 4 p.m., and choose from three optional benefits to create a perfect stay.

The first option is a late checkout: While usual checkout is at 11 a.m., guests may stay until 1 p.m. The second option provides guests a ¥500 voucher that can be used in the lobby shop, which carries an assortment of food, beverages and snacks, on the 20th floor. The third option is a ¥500 coupon for one-coin parking if guests come by car.

The accommodation plan also includes a breakfast buffet at the Tribeks restaurant. Among about 40 dishes on offer, fluffy omelets, pancakes and fresh banana juice are extremely popular.

The plan is available from ¥17,544 for a single room for one person, and from ¥18,544 for a king double room for one person. Prices vary for bookings of two or more guests.

The Hotel Century Southern Tower is two minutes from Shinjuku Station. For more information and reservations, call 03-5354-2172, or visit www.southerntower.co.jp.

Barbecue plan for the ladies

The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is offering a Girl’s Summer Party plan for female guests at the hotel beer garden, Takanawa Forest Garden, in addition to the usual beer garden menu, through Sept. 27.

Limited to one group per day (available for three to six people per group), the hotel has created a dreamlike space beside the pool, furnished with an abundance of ladies’ favorites: Seats with pink and white cushions, a canopy covering the table and LED candles decorating the scene.

In this space, “+Happy Poolside Vegetable BBQ” is offered together with an all-you-can-drink plan. Furthermore, all vegetables, meat and fish will be grilled in the kitchen and a butler will bring dishes to the table, so that guests won’t have to worry about their clothes smelling like smoke. Adding to the pampering experience, the butler will escort guests to and from their table.

The plan is ¥8,000 per person and is available Saturday through Wednesday. Reservations must be made two days in advance.

Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is five minutes from the Takanawa Exit of Shinagawa Station. For more information, call 03-3442-1111, or visit www.princehotels.com/en/newtakanawa.

Exploring the cuisine of Vietnam

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand’s Ocean Terrace restaurant is holding a Vietnam fair until Sept. 30, in collaboration with Kanagawa Prefecture’s Vietnam Festa, which will take place from Sept. 18 to 20.

By using recipes from its sister hotel the Intercontinental Hanoi West Lake in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ocean Terrace will reproduce authentic and delicious Vietnamese flavors.

Starting from raw spring rolls and pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), the menu includes a variety of classic Vietnamese cuisine. The popular Vietnamese beer “333” will also be served to complement the dishes.

In addition, guests can get the feel of Vietnam, with traditional Vietnamese lacquer paintings and ethnic costumes from the Vietnamese Embassy on display.

The Vietnam fair is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. The lunch buffet is available from ¥3,600 (from ¥4,120 on weekends) and the dinner buffet starts at ¥5,660 (tax and service charge included).

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is two minutes from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line or 10 minutes from Sakuragicho Station on the Yokohama Municipal Subway and JR lines. For more information or reservations, call 045-223-2267, or visit www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama.

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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