Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Exquisite cuisine celebrates timeless art

The renowned Imperial Hotel, Tokyo brings new meaning to the term, “the art of fine dining,” at French restaurant La Brasserie until Sept. 4 through a tie-up with the “Timeless Mucha: Mucha to Manga — The Magic of Line” exhibition on show at The Bunkamura Museum of Art.

Specifically, executive chef Yu Sugimoto has prepared a full-course menu (¥13,500 plus charges), drawing inspiration from Mucha’s artwork for the campaign’s appetizers and soups. The restaurant, boasting an airy, convivial art nouveau setting, is well-suited to this event. Diners will be captivated by the succulent salmon “Bellevue” dressed with herbs and preserved in a Sauternes wine gelee. A luxurious twist is given to a cold corn potage, where emerald orbs dot the vibrant yellow soup. The main dish features sauteed beef fillet with pumpkin fondant.

Also on offer is an original cocktail combining Champagne, apple juice and kiwi fruit syrup (¥2,000 plus charges), influenced by Mucha’s “Monaco — Monte Carlo” poster.

Members of the hotel’s Imperial Club are eligible to receive an exquisitely illustrated mug commemorating the collaboration.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with evening meals from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo is three minutes from Hibiya and Uchisaiwaicho subway stations. For more information, visit www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/tokyo/index.html or call 03-3504-1111.

Take to the skies with flight-focused room

Those wanting to spoil the aviation buff in their lives need look no further than booking a night — or two — at Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, where the hotel has recently opened a Superior Cockpit Room complete with a flight simulator that mimics that of a Boeing 737-800.

Designed to commemorate the hotel’s 15th anniversary, a night’s stay in the twin-bedded flight room starts at ¥25,300 (accommodation tax not included). Check-in is at 6 p.m. and checkout is at 10 a.m., ample time for viewing morning and evening flights from a cockpit perspective while enjoying the action on the runway.

While the cockpit and simulator itself are protected by an acrylic cover, guests can still feel the excitement of the airport, “visually guiding” the planes with their arrivals and departures.

Because aviation work builds up an appetite, hotel guests can head to hotel restaurant Flyer’s Table, where light meals and refreshments or full-course meals (including a vegan option at ¥4,200 plus tax and charges) are served.

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

Say goodbye to summer on a high note

Minutes away from Osaka’s vibrant Namba nightlife district, the Moxy Osaka Honmachi lifestyle and boutique hotel is in a location that can’t be beat. On Friday, Aug. 30, the hotel plays host to the “Block Connection!” party (advance ¥3,000 plus drink ticket; door ¥3,500 plus drink ticket), to celebrate and pay respects to the last days of summer, 2019 style.

The large, glassy expanse of the hotel’s entrance, reception area and funky two-story lobby lounge are set to be transformed into a multifaceted live space for the evening. Inspired by and drawing upon the work of such musical luminaries as Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Mayer Hawthorne and Tuxedo, Osaka band and Space Shower TV regulars Neighbors Complain provide both live performance and DJ sets.

Joined by DJ Penny, eill and Nagan Server among others, expect entertainment to cross the new jack swing, rare groove, fusion and rhythm and blues genres. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start. Advance tickets are available online through eplus or Line.

Moxy Osaka Honmachi is six minutes from subway Sakaisuji Honmachi Station. For more information, visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/osaox-moxy-osaka-honmachi or call 06-6204-5200.