Afternoon tea in honor of U.K. royal nuptials

| Apr 19, 2018

Afternoon tea in honor of U.K. royal nuptials

The Conrad Tokyo's bar and lounge TwentyEight will offer the Strawberry Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea in collaboration with Dutch jewelry company Royal Asscher between May 1 and June 30. Royal Asscher, which has a history of more than 160 years, is the only diamond jeweler ...

Renovated rooms ready for 2020 Games

| Apr 12, 2018

Renovated rooms ready for 2020 Games

Through Aug. 31, the Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers is offering accommodation plans to celebrate the renewal of its luxury floors. With the 2020 Olympics in sight, the hotel is planning a complete renewal of all rooms. The second phase of renovation was for ...

Layers of artistic heritage in Aomori Prefecture

Apr 12, 2018

Layers of artistic heritage in Aomori Prefecture

by Katherine Whatley

The weather is crisp when I arrive at Shin-Aomori Station via the Tohoku Shinkansen. I'm not surprised, though, the northernmost prefecture on the island of Honshu is known as a cold and isolated place. It's likely thanks to the chillier environment keeping people inside with ...

Cherry blossom-themed fare sweeps hotel dining

| Apr 5, 2018

Cherry blossom-themed fare sweeps hotel dining

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is offering a seasonal accommodation plan featuring sakura cherry blossoms until April 30. The Spring Stay and Sakura Sweets plan includes a selection of sakura-inspired desserts created by executive pastry chef Hiroyuki Matsuo. Sakura mochi (sticky rice cake), sakura-flavored macarons, ganache, panna cotta ...

Thawing out on the stove train through Tsugaru

Mar 30, 2018

Thawing out on the stove train through Tsugaru

by Dan Asenlund

In his 1944 semi-autobiographical "Return to Tsugaru," Japanese author Osamu Dazai (1909-48) revisits his native Tsugaru, a peninsula in northernmost Aomori Prefecture and, apart from praising its people, has mostly unflattering things to say about the place. Forty years later, British writer Alan Booth ...

Spring buffet inspired by Shimane Prefecture

| Mar 22, 2018

Spring buffet inspired by Shimane Prefecture

A dinner buffet, Night Kitchen Stadium — Premium Ingredients from Shimane, is available at The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu's Cafe Tosca until April 15. The menu is produced by executive chef Katsuya Ogawa, who visited Shimane Prefecture to gain inspiration for creating dishes that bring ...