Taste Test 34 Types of Umeshu Plum Wine at Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo
The luxurious Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo―located in front of Tokyo Station and featured in Michelin―is holding an all-you-can-drink event this summer named Umeshu BAR where people can taste and compare 34 different brands of umeshu plum wine. It will take place at Hanagoyomi Tokyo, a restaurant on the 15th floor of the hotel, from June 6 to August 31. The service will last a total of 3 hours where people are free to enjoy tasting the different varieties of umeshu, all provided by Wakayama-based brewery Nakano BC.
The drink line-up includes 4 types of authentic umeshu, 17 types of cocktail umeshu made with fruit juice and other ingredients, 3 types of aromatic umeshu made with plants such as rose hip and lavender, and 1 vintage umeshu that has been aged for 3 years.
The drinks to really look out for are the four brand umeshu all of which have stood out in umeshu competitions. This includeds Beninanko, Ryokucha Umeshu, Mikan Umeshu and Hassaku Umeshu. There’s also a unique spicy umeshu that contains ginger. The beverages can be drank in a number of ways, including straight, on the rocks, with water, with hot warm, and with soda. There are also four types of non-alcoholic umeshu for those who don’t enjoy alcohol.
The all-you-can-drink plan even comes with dessert. Choose your favourite umeshu to have poured over vanilla ice cream. The bar recommends the Strawberry Umeshu or the aged umeshu.
Don’t miss this chance to try as much of many varieties of authentic Japanese umeshu as you want.
Umeshu BAR 2019
Running: June 6, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Time: [Mon-Sat] 17:30-22:00 / [Sun & Hols] 17:30-21:00
Address: Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo Floor 15F, 1-3-22 Yaesu, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Tokyo Station / 1-minute on foot from Nihombashi Station
Business Hours: Dinner – [Mon-Sat] 17:30-22:00 / [Sun & Hols] 17:30-21:00
Official Website: http://hanagoyomi-ryu.jp/tokyo/
Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Osaka & Makuhari Now Serving Rich Chestnut Pancakes For Autumn
20.September.2020 | FOOD
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020
Fantastically fluffy pancakes
Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.
The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.
A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake
Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)
Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
The pancakes are served with melt-in-the-mouth Italian ricotta. There are two different doughs, one made from coffee flour which has high nutritional value, and the hotel’s original “White Cereal” which is a combination of millets and amaranth.
The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.
Strawberries for winter
For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.
Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Tokyo Main Lobby
Address: 4-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Bookings/Enquiries: 03-5275-3177 (10:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Address: 2-120-3 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 043-299-1848 (07:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/makuhari/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Osaka
Address: 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 06-6949-3234 (07:00-20:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/osaka/restaurant/satsuki/
Starbucks Japan Unveils Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
18.September.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed the second beverage in its Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® series of drinks. The “Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®” will be released at Starbucks branches in Japan on September 23, 2020.
Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino® | Tall Size Only – ¥590
Each drink is made using a whole chopped and blended Japanese daigaku imo candied sweet potato to serve those autumn flavours, with its marbled golden colour also reminiscent of the autumn leaves. It’s topped with whipped cream, black sesame seeds, and sweet potato syrup.
Truly the perfect dessert drink to sip on for the changing seasons.
Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
Serving: September 23, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Available: Starbucks in Japan (select branches not participating)
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Kyoto’s Female-Only Hotel CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies Reveals Halloween Room
17.September.2020 | SPOT
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies, a hotel in Kyoto exclusive to female guests, is offering a new Halloween room plan between October 1 and November 1. There is just one room and it can only be booked for one day between that period. This plan was offered last year and was a resounding success amongst guests.
Last year’s Halloween room took on a more cute and bright theme, but they’re going for something darker this time. The theme this year is “The Secret Witches-Only Get-Together,” with all ideas and designs conceived and handmade by the hotel staff themselves.
Guests will find decorations all around the room, such as bats on doors and walls who will listen in on the witches’ gossip to creepy crawly spiders in the bed. Candles are provided in the room to set the Halloween mood, and there’s even witch and devil costumes and props for guests to dress up in.
Free goodies for the witch get-together
Guests can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Kamogawa River from their room. They are also presented with a free Halloween drink exclusive to those who stay in this room.
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies
Running: October 1, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Rooms: 1 (up to 3 people)
Price: From ¥10,650
Official Website: https://cafetel.jp/
Luxurious Shine Muscat Grape Parfait Served Up at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo For Autumn
16.September.2020 | FOOD
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, a museum and hotel combination, is home to New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE,” the hotel’s restaurant popular for its food grilled in the open kitchen, its afternoon teas made with seasonal ingredients, and cocktail lineup.
This autumn, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is serving up its new “Shine Muscat Parfait,” an richly-sweet and elegance-scented dessert made using Shine Muscat grapes.
Shine Muscat Parfait ¥2,800 | With Champagne ¥3,600 (Before Tax & Service Charge)
The parfait is layered with Kyoho grape and shampagne jelly, crémet d’Anjou which is made from fresh cheese, and maqui berry granola. It’s topped with blackcurrant sherbet and tuile.
Shine Muscat Parfait
Serving: October 1, 2020 – November 20, 2020
Location: New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE” (Hotel Gajoen Tokyo)
Serving Hours: 14:30-17:30 everyday
Official Website: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/archives/54655
nol kyoto sanjo: Kyoto’s New Hotel Renovated From an Old Townhouse
15.September.2020 | SPOT
Tokyu Land Corporation are set to open the new hotel “nol kyoto sanjo” in central Kyoto on November 1, 2020. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station.
A place where you can be yourself
Hotels in Japan are more and more catering to a wide variety of guests’ needs as well as not only providing convenience and being affordable, but creating a space that really places importance on peoples’ stay experience. And nol kyoto sanjo follows suit, allowing people to both let their hair down where they can be themselves as well as enjoy the local area. This comes in response to peoples’ desire to have a stay experience that feels like it’s their own home.
Clad in Kyoto, living in Sanjo
The concept for the hotel’s design was conceived by Kyoto Vintage. Sanjo-dori is connected to Kyoto’s main street, making it a convenient location for reaching the city centre. It’s also home a variety of architectural examples from old, ancient buildings to more modern ones built during the Meiji Period. Surrounding the hotel is a whole selection of cafes famous for their breakfast menus, restaurants that use local ingredients, long-standing stationery shops, and more. The hotel sits in the perfect spot for coming in contact with the local people and city.
The hotel lounge built from an old townhouse
The hotel site is renovated from a townhouse that was built during the Edo Period. It was formerly used as a place for selling Kinshi Masamune sake. To ensure that old, quaint charm was preserved in the refurbishment, the hotel hired a Japanese designer and planner who is known for renovating these kinds of townhouses in Japan.
The entrance to the hotel greets guests with the lounge which gives people a chance to kick back and relax in this authentic building. Guests are even given some Kinshi Masamune sake as a welcome drink.
High grade guest rooms for medium to long stays
There are three kinds of guest rooms including 2-people rooms, 4-people rooms, and rooms with an additional Japanese-style room attached to it, for a total of 48, all of which face the hotel gardens. The rooms were designed by Yukio Hashimoto who has made sure to preserve both the townhouse and feel of the materials which have only ripened with age while adding a high grade feel to them. The scent of hinoki leaf invites you to relax in your room. All rooms are equipped with microwaves, washing machines, and mini kitchens too, making it perfect for guests looking to stay a while. Pick up some local ingredients from town and get cooking.
Old-time Kyoto served in a new style
Old townhouses used since ancient times are on the decrease in Kyoto. By renovating and reusing, new life can be breathed into them while promoting that ancient culture. If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto, be sure to check out nol kyoto sanjo, opening November 1, 2020.
nol kyoto sanjo
Grand Opening: November 1, 2020
Address: 700 Osakazaimokucho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan (in Japanese: 京都市中京区堺町通姉⼩路下る⼤阪材⽊町700 番)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Karasuma Oike Station
Official Website: https://www.nolhotels.com/kyoto-sanjo/
Sweet Potato Milk Bubble Tea Pours Into Chun Shui Tang For Autumn
15.September.2020 | FOOD
Chun Shui Tang, a chain of Taiwanese bubble tea stores, is adding a new limited-time drink to the menus of all branches in Japan on September 16: the “Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.”
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea | ¥650 (Before Tax)
The beverage is made with annouimo sweet potatoes grown on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture. The potatoes are known for their high sugar content, adding a delicious natural sweetness to the tea. It’s blended with a high grade sugar syrup and topped off with whipped cream and sweet potato chips to create a dessert drink.
Those who order the drink via the Smatapi (スマタピ) app from September 9 can get the drink early before its general release on September 16.
In Japan for the autumn season? Enjoy the tasty autumn flavour of sweet potato with the Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea
Release Date: September 16, 2020
*Mobile pre-sales available from September 9 to those who order using the Smatapi (スマタピ) app
Available: All Chun Shui Tang shops in Japan
Chun Shui Tang Japan Official Website: https://www.chunshuitang.jp/
FUFU NIKKO: The New Hot Spring Hotel in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
15.September.2020 | SPOT
Kato Pleasure Group is set to open its 4th branch of FUFU NIKKO hotels in Nikko, Tochigi on October 2, 2020 following their Atami, Lake Kawaguchi, and Nara branches.
A resort steeped in Japanese history and culture
The site in which the hotel is located has a sacred air to it. It dates back to the Meiji Period and has continued into modern times. Upon entering the hotel, your ears are treated to the sound of classical music. Overhead you will spot high ceilings made from wood which give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere.The shadows of the outside walls, the warmth of the inviting lights, and the metallic decorations which catch the light present a calm and quiet mood.
Classy and sophisticated cuisine
Both the food and plates it is served on capture the essence and beauty of the Japanese way. Meals are prepared using seasonal ingredients from Tochigi as well as high quality foods like foie gras, truffles, and caviar. Each dish expresses elegance and refinement and combines both Japanese and Western flavours.
Hot spring water sourced from Tamozawa
All rooms at the hotel are fitted with hot springs or large baths which natural light from the outdoors shining through. In the open-air baths, guests get to experience the surrounding sights of nature coupled with the sound of the flowing stream and chirping birds.
FUFU NIKKO JAPAN
Grand Opening: October 2, 2020
Address: 1573-8 Honcho, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.kpg.gr.jp/
Grand Front Osaka Opens New Cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque
11.September.2020 | FOOD
Grand Front Osaka opened its new cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque on September 11, 2020, serving a wide variety of fresh pancakes made with high quality ingredients.
Special Fruit Genmai Guilt-Free Pancakes | ¥1,500
These pancakes are made using gluten-free brown rice flour which creates a delicious fragrance and delightfully chewy texture to the pancakes. The pancakes are made even more chewier thanks to the incorporation of silken tofu, an ingredient which is also said to be good for dieting and the intestinal tract. The pancakes are topped with nuts and dried fruits, making them a very nutritional option.
Strawberry & Marshmallow Brûlée | ¥1,300
A hybrid pancake of two different desserts. It’s loaded with fluffy caramelised custard sauce to create a brûlée-like appearance and texture and is topped with sliced strawberries and roasted marshmallows. The caramel sauce drizzled on top adds a sweet and slightly bitter edge, bringing everything together.
Whole Peach & Fromage Blanc Cream Pancake | ¥1,500
Served with a whole juicy peach, these pancakes are combined with refreshing fromage blanc. The peach adds an ambrosial sweetness that melts perfectly with the fluffy pancakes. Complete the pancakes with a drizzle of the accompanying mint anglaise sauce.
Kyoho Grape, Blackcurrant, & Mascarpone Cream Pancakes | ¥1,700
A special combination of seasonal fruits including Kyoho grapes and blackcurrants. The mascarpone cream adds sweetness and the blackcurrant sauce a sour kick. If you’re wanting to taste autumn, then this one’s for you.
Mont Blanc & Praline Cream Pancakes in Caramel Sauce | ¥1,400
These pancakes make you feel summer changing to autumn with its fat dollops of rum-infused chestnut cream and praline cream. The chestnut cream brings a rich sweetness to your taste buds and the caramel sauce an appetising bitterness.
Pancake Burger | ¥1,300
bibliotheque’s incredible pancakes have also turned into hamburgers stuffed with a hand-rolled patty, melted cheddar cheese, sunny-side up egg, tomato, and lettuce.
Eggs Benedict Pancakes | ¥1,500
Pancakes towered with bacon, tomato, salad, and poached egg. The runny egg is a match made in heaven when combined with the homemade hollandaise sauce.
Salmon & Ricotta Cheese Pancakes | ¥1,500
Salad pancakes of smoked salmon, ricotta cheese, and poached egg. They are finished with rich Gruyère cheese.
Original Milkshake “Mixed Shake” | ¥700
A hybrid drink of authentic milkshake and Osaka’s speciality “Mixed Juice” beverage, this shake contains sakura tamago egg from Awaji Island and premium grade milk from Hamanaka in Hokkaido. It’s also made with vanilla cream and is topped with an apricot compote.
Grand Opening: September 11, 2020
Address: Grand Front Osaka Shops & Restaurants (South Bldg. 1F), 4-Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Website: http://www.bibliotheque.ne.jp/pancake/
Giant Pink Snoopy Placed Inside Rooms at Kobe’s PEANUTS HOTEL Now Available as Plush Toys
06.September.2020 | SPOT
Last year, the PEANUTS HOTEL celebrated its 1st anniversary by selling giant Snoopy plush toys, all of which sold out. The hotel is doing the same again this year, releasing two different sizes on September 4.
ROOM64: “Happiness is a warm puppy”
Lucy squirms when Snoopy kisses her, but she sure loves hugging him, because of his warmth. ROOM64 is inspired by this lovable comic, and uses millennial pink for the walls, chairs and even the fireplace. There’s also a big pink Snoopy that you can hug any time you want. Lucy’s iconic Lemonade stand stands next to a signboard that says, “1 cent for hugging a cute puppy”. It is a room filled with humor and warmth.
PEANUTS HOTEL -ROOM64-
Guests will be able to buy plush toys of the giant puppy from ROOM64, because happiness is a warm puppy.
Small: ￥2,400 | Large ¥6,400 (Before Tax)
The small size Snoopy comes with a key chain so it can go on your bag, while the large Snoopy is perfect for sitting on your sofa or bed and for hugs. Both are super fluffy so you won’t be able to resist.
© 2020 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Japanese Chawanmushi Egg Custard Dessert Turns Into Drink in Tokyo
03.September.2020 | FOOD
Japanese food company Ninben has announced that it is extending its sales period for its drinkable chawanmushi dessert at Nihonbashi Dashi Bar in Tokyo until September 30.
Chawanmushi is a refreshing Japanese egg custard dessert that’s perfect for cooling down during the summer, and seeing as the summer heat isn’t letting down in Japan just yet, Ninben’s drinkable rendition is now available until the end of September.
Chawanmushi Drink | ¥300 (Tax Included)
The chawanmushi drink is a collaboration between the owner of Suzunari and Ninben’s Nihonbashi Dashi Bar. The drink was created to get more people enjoying the delicious taste of dashi. Exclusive to Nihonbashi Dashi Bar, which is located inside Ninben in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, the drink is being served for takeout only.
Normally, chawanmushi is eaten with a spoon, so using a straw adds an entirely new experience to enjoying the dessert. It’s seasoned with salt from Christmas Island which elevates the flavour of the egg and dashi.
It’s still hot in Tokyo, so if you’re in the city, then why not order one to cool down?
Nihonbashi Dashi Bar
Address: COREDO Muromach 1 (Floor 1F), 2-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: www.ninben.co.jp
Autumn Flower Topped Cream Sodas Served at Floral Cafe and Bar HANABAR in Koenji
31.August.2020 | FOOD
HANABAR, a floral themed cafe and bar in Koenji, Tokyo, released two breathtaking new cream sodas on Friday which capture the sentimental feeling of summer transitioning to autumn.
HANABAR opened in September 2017 as Japan’s “first dried flower cafe.” A sister store, gmgm, opened last year selling gorgeously gourmet doughnuts topped with dried flowers. Both stores as produced by Nana Yui, a dried flower artist.
Lavendel | ¥1,100
Coloured an eye-catching purple, this autumn-time cream soda is made with lavender, butterfly pea, and lime.
Aimatsurika | ¥1,100
A refreshing mix of jasmine, grapefruit, and lemon topped with sweet ice cream that has a citrus fruit aftertaste.
The flowers draped inside the ice are all elderflower which has high nutritional value.
Beat the Japanese heat this summer in Tokyo with one of these tantalising cream sodas.
Floral Autumn Colour Cream Sodas
Serving: August 28, 2020 – Late October 2020
Address: 3-30-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.hanabar.tokyo/
Hello Kitty, My Melody and Kuromi Themed Dessert Buffet Whipped Up at Hilton Osaka
27.August.2020 | FOOD
Hilton Osaka has revealed a special dessert buffet called “Mysterious Sweets Forest ~Hello Kitty, My Melody & Kuromi’s Collaboration Tea Party~” which will be served at the hotel’s Folk Kitchen restaurant from September 18 to December 20 this year.
Themed on a mysterious magic forest, the dessert line-up is a tantalising buffet of 25 sweet treats made with chestnuts, sweet potatoes, apples, pear and other tasty bites. The buffet will also have several photo spots for people to take cute photos, including one with a giant Hello Kitty ribbon and one with My Melody and Kuromi.
Following the success of the “Summer Sweets Buffet Festival ~Hello Kitty & My Melody Collaboration Tea Party~” held at Hilton Osaka this summer which we also covered, the Sanrio characters return, this time with the cute and mischievous Kuromi joining the party.
Mochi Mochi Doughnuts Parfait
The “Mochi Mochi Doughnuts Parfait” is a sweet mix of Japanese gyuhi and raspberry jam topped with a doughnut that has a cute Hello Kitty chocolate on it.
Kuromi’s Jet Black Heart Chocolate Mousse
Kuromi’s chocolate mousse is made with fruity organic chocolate from Dominica and is topped with fruity chocolate crunch pieces for added texture.
The Magic Pudding is made using sweet potato and is served with a square-shaped chocolate that has different My Melody illustrations on it.
There’s also the “White Candle Cake” which is made to look like a candle you would light at home, made from moist almond sponge and filled with berries and vanilla Bavarian cream. It’s finished with a chocolate Hello Kitty ribbon.
Forest Mushroom Cinnamon Bavaria
The hotel’s pastry chefs recommend the Forest Mushroom Cinnamon Bavaria. Their yellow colour and red dots will catch your eye, and one bite will have you hooked as sweet and sour redcurrant jelly and cinnamon Bavarian cream create a harmony of flavours on your taste buds.
Snow Covered Gateau Chocolate
This snow-covered chocolate cake is filled with various spices like cloves and ginger and a coating of snowy cream. This one’s really giving those winter vibes.
Children of the Forest
The “Children of the Forest” which are actually lemon cakes dipped in chocolate. Other desserts include the “Vegan Chestnut Cream Cupcakes” which are generously topped with mont blanc cream, “Apple Pie” made luxuriously with apples, “Mysterious Forest Mousse” which combines sour yuzu citrus with bitter matcha, and lots of others.
There’s also savoury options too like curry, mushroom soup, pumpkin and mushroom salad, and more.
Finally, Hilton Osaka’s cafe and bar “MYPLACE” is also getting in on the tea party by serving up a special Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Kuromi afternoon tea, all served in a beautiful jewellery box.
Mysterious Sweets Forest ~Hello Kitty, My Melody & Kuromi’s Collaboration Tea Party~
Location: Hilton Osaka – Folk Kitchen (Floor 2F)
Running: September 18, 2020 – December 20, 2020 (Everyday except November 15)
[Weekdays] ¥3,950 per person / ¥1,950 for those ages 4-11 years
[Weekends/Holidays] ¥4,250 per person / ¥2,100 for those ages 4-11 years
*Comes with drink of choice from tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and others
*Listed prices do not include 10% consumption tax or service charge
Mysterious Sweets Forest ~Hello Kitty, My Melody & Kuromi’s Afternoon Tea Set~
Location: MYPLACE (Hilton Osaka Floor 1F)
Running: September 18, 2020 – December 20, 2020
Time: From 12:00 until it sells out (limited quantity per day)
Price: ¥3,500 per person
*Comes with drink of choice from tea or coffee
*Listed prices do not include 10% consumption tax or service charge
Official Website: https://www.hiltonosaka.com/plans/restaurants/sweets/folkkitchen_2009