Welcome spring among the blossoms

| Mar 16, 2017

Welcome spring among the blossoms

"All things Sakura," celebrating Japan's blossom-filled spring, will take place at The Peninsula Tokyo from March 25 to April 2. Visitors will find themselves in a hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) wonderland immediately upon arrival, as the hotel lobby is decorated with hundreds of cherry trees. The ...

Fresh fruit to celebrate the season

| Mar 9, 2017

Fresh fruit to celebrate the season

The Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto celebrates the approaching spring with a selection of strawberry-themed desserts, featuring amao brand strawberries, through March 31 at the hotel's lounge inside the Kaza restaurant on the first floor. Guests are invited to partake in an amagoro mousse (¥2,376), which ...

Discovering Guatemala's grit and grandeur

Mar 4, 2017

Discovering Guatemala's grit and grandeur

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My childhood home is gone and so is the Chinese restaurant next to it. But my street in the urban center of Guatemala City remains its bustling old self. Buses growl and spit exhaust. Cars race down the narrow one-way street. Stores sell everything from ...

Celebrating 7 years with fine fare

| Mar 2, 2017

Celebrating 7 years with fine fare

From March 7 to April 2, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo hotel is inviting guests to celebrate the seven year anniversary of its 36th-floor Pierre Gagnaire restaurant with menu items created for the occasion. Guests will be able to choose from such delicacies as sea urchin ...

Welcome the season with sushi

| Feb 23, 2017

Welcome the season with sushi

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection hotel in Tokyo, is offering the "Karin Temarisushi" sushi lunch plan — inspired by flower gardens — until May 31. The plan consists of nine kinds of sushi elegantly placed on a two-tiered tea stand, three appetizers ...

Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

Feb 18, 2017

Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

The haunting silhouette of Hashima Island, known in English as Battleship Island, rises up from the sea, an abandoned testament to what was once the most densely populated city on Earth. Thousands of men, women and children lived and worked on the island just off ...

Cherry blossoms ring in the season

| Feb 16, 2017

Cherry blossoms ring in the season

Tokyo's Royal Park Hotel will hold a Sakura Fair March 11 through April 20 to welcome the splendid season of cherry blossoms. A sakura (cherry blossom) chiffon cake, popular last year, is available again for take out (¥1,800, tax excluded) from March 15 to April ...