Experiencing autumnal delights

Hotel Aburaya Ryokan in the Kamisuwa hot springs area in Nagano Prefecture is offering a night’s accommodation and autumn dining plan through Oct. 20.

From ¥14,904 (excluding tax) per person for a two-person room, the plan includes dinner and breakfast prepared with local ingredients such as fresh highland vegetables. For dinner, the popular autumn dish dobin mushi, which is a soup of matsutake mushrooms steamed in a teapot, and chawanmushi steamed egg custard are featured.

Guests can also enjoy other delicious dishes such as Shinshu steak and a mushroom and Shinshu salmon hot pot.

The hotel is equipped with a private hot spring, which is quite rare in the area.

While staying at the hotel, guests can go driving or motorcycle touring, or ride the cable car to enjoy the autumn foliage in the Yatsugatake mountain range.

Hotel Aburaya Ryokan is approximately five minutes from Kamisuwa Station, which is about 30 minutes from Matsumoto station on the JR Chuo Honsen Line. For more information or reservations, call 0266-52-2222, or visit www.aburaya-ryokan.co.jp.

Festival offers global cuisine, wine

Welcoming renowned chefs from all over the world, the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is hosting the fourth annual Food and Wine Festival from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.

During the event, star chefs serve unique and exciting dishes at the hotel restaurants alongside a series of events and workshops, including wine tasting and wine pairing sessions.

The past three events were held in Osaka, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. This year, the festival is coming to Tokyo with talented chefs from Spain, France, Peru, Singapore and Japan taking guests on a delicious and fantastic gastronomic adventure.

Among the chefs is Virgilio Martinez from Lima’s Central restaurant, which finished fourth on San Pellegrino’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and number one in South America. Martinez will serve the best Peruvian dishes at the Towers restaurant, using only ingredients from Peru to create dishes using cooking techniques from different countries.

The Peruvian dinner will be served for ¥35,000 per person, from 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, can be accessed directly from Exit 8 of Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo lines. For more information, call 03-6434-8711, or visit www.ritz-carlton.jp.

Fine food presented on fine porcelain

Tying up with the city of Imari in Saga Prefecture, the Intercontinental Yokohama Grand will hold an Imari porcelain fair at the Azur French restaurant from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.

Azur will offer the finest French cuisine served on delicately patterned and beautifully colored Imari porcelain using ingredients from Imari such as steak and shrimp. The hotel will offer both lunch and dinner courses, with the dinner including tantalizing dishes such as mi cuit (partially cooked) prawns from Imari Bay, roast foie gras, filet mignon, truffle risotto and plum wine.

Additionally, during the fair, Imari chopstick rests, teacups and wine glasses will be used in the restaurant to brighten up the tables.

For lunch, Azur is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner, it is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lunch courses are available for ¥4,000, ¥6,000, and ¥10,000, while dinner is available for ¥13,800 and ¥18,000.

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is two minutes from Minatomirai Station or 10 minutes from Sakuragicho Station. For more information, or reservations for Azure, call 045-223-2369.

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