Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

Dec 31, 2016

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

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"Is the temperature alright for you ma'am?" my Japanese attendant asks in a polished U.S. accent as he cheerfully heaps another pile of hot sand on my torso. "It's perfect." Pleased, he pats down the sand — from my neck to toes — with his shovel, ...

Greet the new year in style

| Dec 29, 2016

Greet the new year in style

The time of welcoming the new year and forgetting the old one is approaching and the Asakusa View Hotel is offering two ways of spending these special days in an elegant manner. From Dec. 27 through Jan. 9 (excluding Jan. 1 to 3) on the ...

Private rooms for intimate gatherings

| Dec 22, 2016

Private rooms for intimate gatherings

The Hotel Century Southern Tower in Shibuya Ward welcomes the new year with a party plan. The offer makes it possible for guests to welcome the new year in a private room on the 21st floor, while taking in a magnificent view of Tokyo. Guests ...

Buon Natale: Italian-style Christmas

| Dec 15, 2016

Buon Natale: Italian-style Christmas

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is offering delectable Christmas menus at its three restaurants: Italian restaurant Piacere, The Lobby Lounge and Japanese restaurant Nadaman. At Piacere, three different Christmas menus are offered: Natale Brunch on Christmas day, Natale Dinner from Dec. 23 to Dec. 25 and ...

Celebrate Christmas in style

| Dec 8, 2016

Celebrate Christmas in style

This winter, the Hyatt Regency is offering the "Luxury Christmas Spa Pair Package" through Dec. 25. Guests are given three luxurious opportunities under the plan priced at ¥150,000 for two (including tax and service charge). First is a heavenly 120-minute spa treatment at "Spa & Wellness ...

Graves and gods of Otsuka

| Nov 26, 2016

Graves and gods of Otsuka

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It's a bright fall morning when I return to Gokokuji Temple, an Important Cultural Property in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. Exiting Gokokuji Station, it only takes me a few minutes to find the two monks who promised to help me when I visited here earlier: ...