Welcoming spring cherry blossoms; enjoying Easter tea, chocolate bunnies; luxury springtime retreat for the ladies

Welcoming spring cherry blossoms

Looking for an authentic Japanese experience? The Hotel New Otani in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward presents three different accommodation plans featuring spring-themed events, through April 28.

Offered from April 4 to 6, the “Yozakura Noh” plan (limited to two groups per day) includes a stay in an executive standard room for ¥43,000 or a deluxe room for ¥48,000, dinner, breakfast and a ticket (SS Seat) to a noh performance, “Yozakura (cherry blossoms at night) Noh” at Yasukuni Shrine. Outstanding noh performers, including those certified as Living National Treasures, will perform the play.

Another offer, the “Sakura Nagomi” accommodation plan, is ideal for couples married for many years or for a mother-and-daughter getaway. The package is comprised of dinner with a choice between chirashi-zushi (sushi rice topped with raw fish and a variety of colorful ingredients) and the hotel’s Japanese set dinner, breakfast, sakura (cherry blossoms) sweets, maps to cherry blossom viewing spots and free bicycle rentals. Priced from ¥25,000 per person, the plan is available through April 28.

For a more reasonable plan, the “Hanami Zake” offering a one-night stay, sakura cocktail and a map to cherry blossom viewing spots is available for ¥16,000 through April 24.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is three minutes from Nagatacho and Akasaka-Mitsuke stations. For more details, call 03-3265-1111, or visit www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo.

Enjoying Easter tea, chocolate bunnies

The Peninsula Tokyo will offer Easter afternoon tea on March 26 and March 27 from 14:30 to 18:30 (L.O.). The Peninsula Boutique & Cafe offers a cute pastel-colored two-stage afternoon tea set.

Guests are sure to enjoy Easter egg chocolate, along with mango pudding, which has been the most popular dish since the cafe opened. The set is perfect to enjoy a variety of tastes bit by bit with coffee or The Peninsula original tea. The set is available for ¥2,100 (including tax, excluding 15 percent service charge).

The Boutique & Cafe also offers Easter gifts that are popular every year. A new version will be available this year and gifts are available until March 27.

Chocolate Easter bunnies will also be offered. Chocolate bunnies became Easter tradition via German folktales and the Peninsula’s come filled with tiny chocolate Easter eggs. A small bunny (about 9 cm) is available for ¥1,800, while a larger bunny (about 20 cm) is available for ¥3,500.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Hibiya lines and the Toei Mita Line, and is three minutes from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station or Yurakucho Station (JR, Tokyo Metro). For more information and reservations, call 03-6270-2717 (The Peninsula Boutique & Cafe; 11:00-19:00).

Luxury springtime retreat for the ladies

The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is offering a spring “Ladies’ Spring Stay” plan, in which groups of women can stay at the luxurious hotel and enjoy hanami (cherry blossom viewing) along the Kanda River near the hotel through April 28.

As one of Rihga’s popular “Ladies’ Party Plan” series, the spring stay boasts five charming presents and bonuses: cherry blossom scented sachets; an assortment of Tea Forte’s tea bags; an Aroma Therapy Associates’ toiletry set that includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion; a Japanese and Western buffet breakfast or lunch at Dining Ferio; and a late 1 p.m. checkout.

For this plan, a twin room is offered for two people at ¥14,500, whereas a junior twin suite is offered for guests between three to five people (¥13,500 for three, ¥12,000 for four, and ¥11,000 for five). ¥3,000 is added to the price on Fridays and ¥8,000 on days before holidays. The rate rises ¥5,000 between March 18 and April 8. All prices are for one person and include tax and service charge.

Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is three minutes from Waseda Station on the Toden Arakawa Line, seven minutes from Tokyo Metro Waseda Station and ten minutes from Edogawabashi Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-5285-1122, or visit www.rihga.co.jp/tokyo.