Miyako Hotel Hakata Opens With Instagram-Worthy Pool, Michelin-Led Restaurant Menu & More
24.September.2019 | SPOT
Miyako Hotel Hakata will have its grand opening on September 22, 2019. To help spread word of the luxurious secrets behind its doors, an official report was released detailing everything there is for guests to look forward to.
Its metropolitan exterior is inspired by the spectacular natural landscapes of Kyushu
Miyako Hotel Hakata can be found by taking the Tsukushi Exit of Hakata Station where it stands directly in front, towering above the surrounding buildings. The basement floor of the hotel is directly connected to the station for ease of access. This floor is also home to a convenience store, restaurants and more and can be used by non-guests too.
The building is a gorgeous eye-catching glass cube which offers an abundance of natural light during the day. At night, the hotel exterior is illuminated with 168 LED lights, giving it an metropolitan appearance. The building rooftop has a running ‘waterfall’ which is inspired by the majestic rural environments of Kyushu. Its iconic design makes it instantly-recognisable, with hopes in mind that this will make it a new landmark of Hakata.
The lobby houses a gorgeous cafe lounge serving food and drink
Up on the 3rd floor is the clean, bright and spacious front lobby where staff are waiting to greet guests warmly. In addition to the reception desk, there is CAFÉ EMPATHY, a cafe and lounge which can be used by both guests and non-guests. The cafe is produced by Transit General Offiice which is known for having produced the The Rail Kitchen Chikugo―a restaurant train―amongst a host of shared offices, hotels and more.
The spectacular menu line-up includes an array of delicious drinks from herbal teas to flavoured lattes, as well as an assortment of light meals made using ingredients from around Kyushu. They also serve an original afternoon tea that’s served from 14:30. Everything on the menu is nothing short of Instagrammable and perfect for those who love to wine and dine on drinks and food that is both cute and fancy.
The colourful flavoured lattes come in four flavours and can also be ordered for takeout. One of them is the Beets Latte which is a pink colour which comes from the beetroot used to make it. It has a subtle sweetness and smooth flavour.
The stocked teas include those made by Paris-based tea company KUSMI TEA, such as the Anastasia which is a mix of standard black tea and citrus, as well as an array of decaffeinated fruit teas.
Spend your time in luxury in your room
Floors 5 through 12 are all lined with guest rooms. There are four types of rooms, all large, including Twin and Double. Each and every room has been given the same level of care and attention to create the most comfortable experience for guests.
The Deluxe room is the perfect package if you’re looking to indulge in a little extravagance, whether as a treat to yourself or together with that special someone. The room design is stylish and simple, allowing for optimal relaxation. The bed is roomy and is ideal for watching the television or chatting.
All guest rooms are also equipped with tablets from which you can control the air con, lights and so on. The TV can even tell you whether the restaurant is full or not which is a super convenient feature.
A restaurant and bar menu created by a Michelin-starred chef & dreamy terrace pool
On floor 13―the top floor―you will find Miyako Hotel Hakata’s must-see feature: the SOMEWHERE RESTAURANT & BAR. This all-dining restaurant’s concept is “A Beautiful Place Somewhere.” Its dinner menu was conceived by Michihoro Haruta, the chef at Crony, a Michelin 1-starred restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. The innovative menu is made with local ingredients from Fukuoka and across Kyushu. The wine menu was created by Kazutaka Ozawa, a sommelier at Crony. The restaurant enjoys a laid-back atmosphere that isn’t overly formal or strict, with a glass exterior including the roof, allowing diners to enjoy the romantic evening atmosphere.
Breakfast is served to both guests and non-guests and is served as a western-style buffet packed full of assorted foods such as freshly-baked bread, omelette, Eggs Benedict, and more. They serve an original Japanese-style breakfast too for those who fancy Japanese food. The tall windows allow natural light to pour into the restaurant.
Right next to the restaurant is the hotel’s very own spa, offering a natural hot spring pool, jet bath, footbath and more. As part of the hotel’s grand opening, the spa is free for all guest until March 31, 2020. The hotel offers rental swimsuits too so you can freely and easily enjoy a nighttime dip. And when night truly sets in, you can gaze an unbroken view of Hakata from the roof, and the ‘waterfall’ next to the pool will also be lit up.
There’s even a special poolside menu so you can order cocktails and light food from the terrace. With everything illuminate in beautiful lighting, your cocktail in hand, you can certainly snap some Instagram-worthy shots. And if you’re looking for a warm bath, there is a large public bath and even a sauna indoors.
Miyako Hotel Hakata
Address: 2-1-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/hakata/english/index.html/
Hotel Gracery Taipei in Taiwan Offers the Japan Experience with New HANDS CONCEPT ROOM
23.September.2021 | SPOT
Hotel Gracery Taipei, which can be found inside Taiwan’s TOKYU HANDS Tailung, have opened the new ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM’ which offers the experience of visiting Japan without having to get on a plane.
‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ Room
‘Go Camping at HANDS’ Room
TOKYU HANDS Tailung have created two new concept rooms, the ‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ room and the ‘Go Camping at HANDS’ room. While it is difficult to visit Japan at the moment, these rooms provide an authentic Japanese experience which allows guests to experience the culture and feel the charms of Japan.
The ‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ room is based on Mount Fuji, Japanese railways, and vending machines, which are popular even in Taiwan. Popular tourist spots are also recreated using famous characters.
The ‘Go Camping at HANDS’ room is inspired by glamping, which has become popular in Taiwan, using outdoor equipment to create a fun, indoor camping experience.
The guest-limited service also offers guests two 10% coupons, one that can be used while shopping at TOKYU HANDS Tailung and one that can be used for accommodation. During the campaign period, guests who spend over 5,000 Yuan at TOKYU HANDS Tailung will be entered into a lottery to win a one-night stay in the new themed rooms.
Try Japanese-inspired indoor camping with the new ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM!’
Hotel Gracery Taipei ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM’
Address: No. 89 Section 2, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Official Site: https://gracery.com/taipei/
Autumn Scenery Coming to teamLab Forest Fukuoka for a Limited Time Only
The permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka is bringing autumn scenery to the virtual exhibition for a limited time only beginning September 18, 2021. A number of animals made of autumn foliage will be roaming through the space, and you won’t want to miss this memorable experience!
teamLab Forest Highlights
Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – teamLab, 2020
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – teamLab, 2019
Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – teamLab, 2020
Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – teamLab, 2020
The prolific works of the teamLab art collective change with the seasons. In the Forest of Movement, guests can enter the ‘Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives’ exhibit, where creatures made of flowers exist in a three-dimensional space. For this fall event, these flowers will be those found in the autumn months. The ‘Soft Terrain and Granular Topography’ will display tons of colorful grains raining down on visitors, while the ‘Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’ will change the usual butterflies to have autumn colors as they fly around guests.
teamLab Forest is a new museum created by art collective teamLab. The museum consists of two sections: the first, ‘The Catching and Collecting Forest,’ invites guests to explore with their smartphone to capture various unique creatures, while the second, ‘The Athletics Forest,’ is a physical creative space which asks visitors to use their body to immerse themselves in interactive areas.
Would you like to visit this distinctive museum in Fukuoka on your next trip to Japan?
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI SECURITIES Co., Ltd.
Autumn Scenery Coming on September 18, 2021
Venue: BOSS E･ZO FUKUOKA 5F, Next to Fukuoka PayPal Dome (2-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
Official Site: http://forest.teamlab.art
Hotel New Otani Announces Second PAUL & JOE Collaboration
Hotel New Otani Tokyo has collaborated with PAUL & JOE for the second time to offer a new accomodation plan, which will be available for one-night stays between December 1 2021 and January 4 2022. The rooms will not be available between December 31 and January 2.
This collaboration room will allow you to surround yourself in the world of PAUL & JOE, a Parisian brand PAUL & JOE that is extremely popular with young women in their 20s and 30s. The initial collaboration was so popular that within just 10 days, all of the available dates within three months were sold out. This Christmas edition will only be available for one month, so be sure to book while you can.
The pink and ivory room features the brand’s icon; Designer Sophie’s beloved cats, Nunet and Gypsy. The decorations also feature Crisantemo flower motifs.
Not only is the wallpaper covered in PAUL & JOE motifs, but even the smaller pieces such as cushions, curling irons, and brushes are themed too. In addition, to celebrate the festive season, the room will include a special Christmas tree, allowing you to enjoy a special Christmas with somebody special, sharing a view of Tokyo Tower.
The second round of cosmetics is focused on the 2021 CHRISTMAS COLLECTION. The ‘Lipstick Treatment’ features adorable cats wearing Santa hats, while the ‘Lipstick Limited’ comes in a luxurious Christmas red – and also features cats in hats! Plus, the new ‘Wrapping Hand Cream’ will wrap your hands in a fresh moisturising texture. In addition, the best-selling ‘Moisturizing Foundation Primer,’ which was renewed on September 1, and the P&J skincare selection (oil, lotion, cleansing), each must-haves for the upcoming dry season, have been miniaturized into take-home samples in a limited edition pouch, especially for hotel customers.
Alongside the limited cosmetic samples, there will be matching pajamas and slippers available for purchase and take home, with a that will take you even deeper into the PAUL & JOE world. While these cat-and-floral print PJs are perfect for a girls-only gathering, a men’s line has also been released due to popular demand, ideal for spending a romantic Christmas in matching pajamas.
Why not spend a wonderful Christmas in this PAUL & JOE room?
PAUL & JOE Room ~Christmas~
Friday & Saturday Rooms: September 14 2021~
Weekday & Sunday Rooms: Late October 2021
Room Duration: December 1 2021 ~ January 4 2022
※Unavailable between Dec. 31 and Jan. 21
Location: Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Reservations: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/stay/plan/paul-joeroom/ *Reservations can only be made online
Rihga Royal Hotel x YOURS BOOK STORE New Accommodation Plan to Discover Your New Favorite Book
15.September.2021 | SPOT
Osaka’s Rihga Royal Hotel is collaborating with book direction brand YOURS BOOK STORE to produce a one-room one-day accommodation plan titled “Once in a Lifetime ~ Professionals Choose Your Book~.” The limited-time plan will be available between September 15 and November 30, 2021.
The lounge on the executive floor, known as The Presidential Towers, was reformed in March 2020 to include a library of 1,000 books, with themes including Osaka, refreshing, relaxing, and children’s books. It was then that the room plan collaboration with YOURS BOOK STORE, who was involved in the initial book selection, was proposed.
In the “Once in a Lifetime ~ Professionals Choose Your Book~” accommodation plan, a professional will discuss with the guest to learn more about their taste, with the book director offering 3 personalized book choices per person. The guest can also take full advantage of the hotel library.
Following your trip, a book chosen especially for guests will be sent to your home, with a message card describing how your books were selected. This unique accommodation plan allows you to bask in the afterglow of your trip while waiting to see what kind of book you receive.
Why not check out this unique plan where you can receive your own personalized book recommendation?
Blue Bottle Coffee Opens New Cafe Inside SHIROIYA HOTEL in Gunma
Initially announced in July of this year, Blue Bottle Coffee Japan will open their newest shop on the premises of the SHIROIYA HOTEL in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture on September 17, 2021. The new shop is part of a recent initiative to revitalize the city, and make Maebashi an inspiring art and culture destination.
Shiroiya Cafe Limited Menu
Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Fuwafuwa Wanuki Coffee Cream & Anko
Shiroiya Cafe Limited Item
Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Maebashi City Tote Bag (Limited quantities available)
SHIROIYA the PÂTISSERIE×BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE
Grapefruit and Coffee Tart
Maebashi was once a large manufacturer of silk, and was crucial to Japan’s modernization. In 2016, a number of creative minds from both Japan and abroad gathered in the city with the goal of revitalizing the town center. With that in mind, they first renovated the 300-year-old Shiroiya Ryokan, opening the SHIROIYA HOTEL in December 2020. Blue Bottle Coffee was a perfect fit for the project, with a continued goal of fostering community and using their proceeds to help develop towns and cities.
Blue Bottle Coffee Shiroiya Cafe as designed by Keiji Ashizawa Design, also responsible for designing cafes in Minatomirai and Shibuya. Keeping with a comfortable theme, the cafe is designed to let in ample amounts of light. Historic bricks from Maebashi were a key material used in the flooring. Both the SHIROIYA HOTEL and the new Blue Bottle Cafe feature art pieces by Yoshio Shirakawa, an artist from the area.
The Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Fluffy Wanuki Coffee Cream & Anko is only available at the Shiroiya Cafe, and is a collaboration with Wamukashi Nakamata, a confectionary shop in town. A special Maebashi-themed tote bag will also be on sale in limited quantities.
To commemorate the opening of the Shiroiya Cafe, the PÂTISSERIE, located inside the hotel, will serve a limited-time Grapefruit and Coffee Tart.
Would you like to visit Maebashi on your next trip to Japan?
Blue Bottle Coffee Shiroiya Cafe
Opening Date: September 17, 2021
Address: SHIROIYA HOTEL, 2-2-15 Honmachi, Maebashi, Gunma
Hours: 8:00-19:00 (Opens at 10:00 on opening day.)
Official Site: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp/
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa Reveals Halloween Inspired Menu for October
All-day restaurant FIVE – Grill & Lounge, located within the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel, will begin serving up a selection of Halloween-inspired treats beginning October 1, including cake sets, parfaits, muffins, and various lunch and dinner items.
Guests will also be able to enjoy some mischievous cocktails and mocktails inspired by witches and ghosts!
Halloween Cake Set
Black Sesame Pudding
Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich
Monster Cream Puff
Halloween Parfait Set
Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course
Halloween Muffin Box
I sWitch (Mocktail)
The Halloween Cake Set is filled with ghoulish treats, each one displaying incredible attention to detail. In the Halloween Parfait Set, guests can enjoy a tower of different sweets, including black currant and chocolate. Themed with creepy eyeball decorations throughout, it offers a variety of overlapping textures and tastes guests will want to savor until the last bite.
When thinking of Halloween, the colors orange and purple instantly come to mind. For the Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course, the menu’s creators went with a more dark theme, envisioning a ghost appearing at any moment. The entire restaurant will be decorated in black and gray, creating a truly haunting dining experience.
Don’t miss out on the Halloween Muffin Box, a set of mini-muffins made with fresh autumn ingredients, and offering a much cuter feel. Quantities are limited!
The gin-based Spooky Night cocktail is refreshing, with a bold blue color and red-rim on the glass, sure to turn your mouth bright crimson. Hallo-Wine Sangria, house-made with autumn fruits, has a unique design, with a skeleton rising from the glass! For those wanting a mocktail, the I sWitch asks guests to pour the accompanying red syrup over the cotton candy, changing both the appearance and flavor of the drink as if by witchcraft!
Which of these treats would you be after?
FIVE – Grill & Lounge Halloween
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Ichiban Kuji to Open Fourth Official Shop in Kyushu, First in the Region
Offered by BANDAI SPIRITS, Ichiban Kuji is a popular brand of lottery in Japan, in which players are guaranteed to win a piece of merchandise. This no-lose game is often seen in collaboration with popular anime and game series, and a number of dedicated BANDAI SPIRITS Ichiban Kuji stores are starting to pop up around Japan. Now, the fourth of these shops is opening in Fukuoka on September 9, making it the first in Kyushu.
Ichiban Kuji – Disney’s Twisted Wonderland, Vol. 4
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Monogatari Series
Release Date: September 18, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Kirby Series KIRBY’S BURGER
Release Date: September 24, 2021
Ichiban Kuji – Mobile Suit Gundam Gunpla 2021
Release Date: September 25, 2021
Prior to opening brick-and-mortar stores, Ichiban Kuji took place at convenience stores, bookstores, and game centers across Japan. In December 2020, the first dedicated shop opened in Umeda, Osaka, with the following two opening in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Yokohama in Kanagawa in March 2021. Popularity is only increasing, as fans continue to enjoy the unique collection of products.
The new Fukuoka location is the largest of any Ichiban Kuji shops to date, and also features the Ichiban Coffret, a lineup of high-quality pop culture-inspired cosmetics for purchase.
Ichiban Kuji Official Shop – Hakata Bus Terminal
Address: Hakata Bus Terminal 7F (2-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture)
Open Date: September 9, 2021
*Hours subject to change in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Guests are Actors Too in the HOTEL SHE, OSAKA’s ‘Theatre While You Stay’ Performance
08.September.2021 | SPOT
The HOTEL SHE, OSAKA has announced a new form of evening entertainment that allows the guests to take part in their ‘Theatre While You Stay’ performances of The Indigo Restaurant, held between November 11 and 30 2021. Tickets sales start on September 3.
The food and drink menu can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room.
All guest rooms come furnished with a record player.
The boutique hotel brand HOTEL, SHE are leading hotels into the new era with their contemporary services, collaborating with poet Saihate Tahi to create the “Poet Hotel” and live-streaming a performance by artist SIRUP.
The ‘Theatre While You Stay’ is a form of evening entertainment where guests can enjoy and take part in a stage show that is set in the hotel, both planned and produced by HOTEL, SHE.
They were inspired by the “immersive theatre” technique which has become popular in New York’s Broadway, allowing you to freely move around the hotel in your role as you enjoy the show, breaking the boundaries between audience and performer – You aren’t just watching the show, but becoming a part of it.
The term “immersive theatre” was coined in London during the early 2000s and refers to a form of theatre that is based on the audience experience. It breaks down the traditional roles of the audience and performers, creating a new relationship between the guests and the show.
Set throughout the entire hotel building, the lobby, guest rooms, corridors, and courtyard are full of mysterious sounds and lights. The “story experience” starts as you check in, with no set start or end time. All phones, mobile devices and watches that tell the time are confiscated upon checking in, causing the guests to lose their sense of time and wander the hotel throughout the long evenings.
After watching, the whole story is gradually revealed by talking about the scenes that each experienced while drinking cocktails in the bar lounge and guest rooms. We want you to enjoy the limited food menu and sweets based on Asian dishes such as Taiwan.
After the show, you can enjoy cocktails in the bar lounge and discuss the scenes you watched as the story is gradually revealed. The delicious limited-time menu is full of sweet Asian dishes and desserts from Taiwan and beyond.
Theatre While You Stay – The Indigo Restaurant
Duration: November 11 ~ November 30 2021
※Cancelled on November 18 and 25.
Check In: 19:30 ~ 20:00 (VIP TWIN ROOM Check In is 19:15 ~ 20:00)
Check Out: 12:00 the following morning
Location: HOTEL SHE, OSAKA
Address: 1-2-5 Ichioka, Minato-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Primary Ticket Sales (Lottery): September 3 at 20:00 ~ September 12 at 23:59
Secondary Ticket Sales (Lottery): September 14 at 18:00 ~ September 20 at 23:59
General Ticket Sales (First-Come, First-Serve): Undecided
Tickets/Official Site: http://aiirohanten.com/
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka to Offer Extremely Limited Halloween Accommodations
08.September.2021 | SPOT
The RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka has announced a spectacularly limited Halloween accommodation plan, titled ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle.’ Only one lucky person per day can book the decorated room, which features in-room meals and more treats to discover. Reservations are open through October 28, and the room will be available from September 10 until October 31.
‘A Terrifying Banquet’ Dining Table
Skeletons in hotel uniform, ready to greet guests in the front room
This spooky setup will be held in the Fontainebleau suite, themed as a French palace. Guests will enjoy a western dinner course in the comfort (or discomfort) of the room. Decorated with black cats, ever-watchful owls and skeletons, guests can also look forward to taking plenty of photos at a designated photo spot on the sofa.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep people in their homes, the hotel created this room as a way to experience a new kind of cozy Halloween getaway. Visitors will enjoy plenty of other perks, including free parking, soft drink coupons, and breakfast the following morning.
Would you be able to sleep in this room filled with skeletons and specters?
Special Halloween Room: ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle’
Reservations Open: September 1 – October 28, 2021
Room Available: September 10 – October 31, 2021
*Reservations accepted until 8:00AM, 3 days in advance.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp/osaka/stay/plan/halloween2021
Adorable Halloween Dessert Buffet to be Served at Conrad Osaka
Hotel Conrad and Sebastian Masuda, known worldwide for his ‘kawaii’ works, are collaborating for the second year for a scrumptious Halloween event. Titled OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Halloween Sweets Buffet, the tasty treats will be available starting September 2. The buffet was held in Tokyo last year, but is moving to Osaka for 2021.
Guests can enjoy a variety of colorful Halloween sweets, created by Executive Pastry Chef Jimmy Boulet and supervised by Sebastian Masuda!
「OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART」Halloween Sweets Buffet
Sweet Potato Mille-feuille
Orange Cupcake with Cassis Chantilly Cream
Spider Mousse Cake
Caramel and Persimmon Bellini
Crash the Halloween
Blueberry Mousse and Fig Compote with Sesame Pralines
Black Cardamom Chocolate and Pear
Colorful Curries & Stews
The buffet tables are decorated with dark purple tones and welcome guests with Bouley’s playful collection of sweets. His iconic mille-feuille uses ample amounts of cream and purple yams, with a chocolate spider web on top. The spider mousse cake, with its gentle shortcake-like texture and unusual combination of coffee and mango, is sure to surprise. Each treat uses autumn ingredients, and will surely have guests enjoying Halloween to the fullest.
Though the sweets buffet is sure to be filling enough, Conrad Osaka also serves a variety of savory items. For this event, five different colorful curries and stews from India, Thailand, and Hungary will be available. Along with naan bread, diners can sample Udon, French baguettes, rice crackers, waffles, and countless other goodies.
Anyone who comes to the event dressed in Halloween attire can post a photo with the hashtag #ownerofacolorfullheart on Instagram to receive a free glass of sparkling wine. A photo booth will also be on site, and guests can take pictures with some of Sebastian Masuda’s most popular works.
Which goodies would you be picking up from the buffet?
OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Halloween Sweets Buffet
Running: September 2 – October 31, 2021
Where: atmos dining (40F)
Official Site: https://conrad-osaka.hiltonjapan.co.jp/
Experience 600 Years of Historical Culture with the Tanadui Festival Accommodation Program
01.September.2021 | SPOT
The HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island Resort in Taketomi, Okinawa will be holding the Tanadui Program between September 1 and October 12 2021. The special program will be held to mark the Tanadui Festival, an event that has been listed as an event of cultural importance and allows visitors to experience the deep, historical culture of Taketomi Island.
Taketomi is an island with it’s own unique culture with a selection of festival rituals, including food offerings to pray for prosperity and abundant harvests. The Tanadui Festival is the largest on the island and has been designated an event of cultural importance, running for over 600 years. Every year, throughout the seventh and eighth days of the festival, a stage is assembled in Yomochi Utaki to host over 80 traditional performances, each dedicated to the Gods and deities. On Taketomi Island, the phrase “Kashikusaya Utsugumidu Masaru” is key to the local lifestyle, roughly translating to “cooperation over all.” Join in the ‘Spirit of Utsugumi (cooperation)’ as the whole island practices and prepares for the festival – even those who have moved further away will return home to join in.
Bountiful Harvest Lunch – Get to know, touch, and cherish the five grains harvested on Taketomi Island
Enjoy a lunch that has been made using millet, wheats, beans, potatoes, and rice, which are said to be the five grains of Taketomi Island. Before lunch, you can join in the harvesting of potatoes grown on-site. Taketomi Island has no mountains or rivers as it was formed through the raising of coral atolls, making it difficult to grow crops. As distribution was unpopular in the past, the lack of crop growth meant that there was no food to live off. It is because of this that festivals, including the Tanadui Festival, were first held. They are used to pray for plentiful harvests and the traditions are upheld to this very day. During this event, you can harvest potatoes while learning about the history and land.
The lunch plate uses French techniques to propose a fun and new way of enjoying the five grains while retaining their simple sweetness; A sweet wheat risotto, shimadōfu soup, a harvest potato Dengaku (fried potatoes cut into cubes and sprinkled with sugar), plus desserts that can be enjoyed with peanuts. This delicious lunch allows you to get to know, touch, and cherish the five grains of Taketomi Island.
Price: ¥7,260 (Per person, tax & service charge included)
Capacity: Two groups per day
Hours: 12:30 ~ 14:00
Location; Field, Dining Room
Traditional Iiyachi Making Tour in collaboration with the islanders and HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island
Iiyachi is a traditional rice cake-like food that is eaten during the Tanadui Festival. Originally the Iiyachi was made using only materials found on the island, but thanks to modern development and tourism, plus the decline of agriculture, it is now regularly made using materials cultivated on other islands. HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island has worked hard to inherit the traditional production method. This year they will be challenging themselves by making Iiyachi using both traditional methods and local agriculture, cultivating millet and azuki beans to use in the recipe. Iiyachi is made by combining the ingredients in a large Shinme Pot to boil and steam. The resulting food is then kneaded out by a group of people while it is turned with a spatula.
This is an opportunity to get up and close with the island’s traditional culture which is only visible once a year during the festive period. Iiyachi making is an important job to the islanders, overflowing with enthusiasm and commitment to the Tanadui Festival.
Date: October 7
Location: Azumaya Garden
Teedun Dress-Up Experience
Here you can try on the outfits worn by the traditional performers who participate in the Tanadui Festival. The traditional costumes are only worn during the festival and have been passed through families for generations, usually unworn by anybody who isn’t native to the island. During the experience you will be offered a commemorative photo, perfect to take home as a memory of your trip to Taketomi Island.
Price: ¥1,210 (Per group, tax & service charge included)
Hours: 10:30 ~ 12:30
Location: Yuntaku Lounge
Here the staff will introduce you to the festivals roots, the culture that started it, and the history of the island, with photos to assist. You will be taught all about the 600 year history of the Tanadui Festival and the “Kashikusaya Utsugimi Domasaru” spirit. During the program, you can also learn about daily life on the island, full of festival excitement and traditional Okinawan scenery.
Hours: 20:45 ~ 21:15
Location: Yuntaku Lounge
One Moment on the Island ~Iiyacha~
A selection of traditional Okinawan snacks will be served in the Yuntaku Lounge, offering the visitors a special moment on the island. There are two seasonings available for the sweet and simple Iiyachi: Andansuu, a sweet oil miso that is popular in Yaeyama, and shrimp salt, made from Japanese Tiger Prawns found in the beautiful oceans surrounding the island.l
Hours: 14:00 ~ 16:00
Location: Yuntaku Lounge
Tanadui Festival Breakfast
Enjoy a unique Tanadui breakfast packed full of the fruits of the harvest, with millet mixed Juushii rice, Awa Miso Andansuu, and Pindako made using garlic and octopus from the island. You’ll be wide awake with this vibrant breakfast and its auspicious menu.
Price: ¥4,235 (Per person, tax & service charge included)
Hours: 7:00 ~ 10:30
Location: Dining Room
Experience 600 years of history for yourself with this unique program!
Autumn Limited Parfait Released at The Strings Hotel Tokyo Intercontinental’s Cafe & Bar Rhythmos
30.August.2021 | FOOD
Between September 15 and November 30 2021, two seasonal Autumnal Strings Parfaits will be available to order at the Rhythmos Cafe & Bar, found on the 26th floor of The Strings Hotel Tokyo Intercontinental. Executive pastry chef Osada Gaku has selected seasonal fruits and flavors such as citrus, chestnut, and crystal pomelo to create an artistic autumnal parfait. For parfait lovers who want to compare the seasonal dessert with Rhythmos’ standard parfait, the iconic Duo Parfait set will still be available to purchase along with a selection of drinks. This sweet treat can be enjoyed not only with afternoon tea but also as a post-dinner dessert.
The Marron parfait is formed of crimson and purple layers, starting with chestnut cream and panna cotta, with beautifully textured glacé chestnut chunks and fluffy candied chestnuts. The rum-infused custard cream brings out the chestnut taste, with the addition of panna cotta and acidic cassis jule bringing the taste to a whole new level.
The orange Autumn Citrus parfait is made with seasonal citrus fruits, including crystal pomelo, mikan, and pink grapefruit. Starting with the fresh citrus, you’ll find an orange and bergamot jule, paired with a caramel panna cotta and cream to balance out the subtle sweet and bitter flavors, along with chocolate cream and panna cotta, plus a cookie crunch to accent. The refreshing acidity of the citrus combined with the bittersweet caramel come together to create a wonderful harmony for your tastebuds.
Why not enjoy a blissful and mature lunchtime with this luxurious seasonal parfait?
The Strings Parfait – Marron/Autumn Citrus
Availability: September 15 ~ November 30, 2021
Location: Cafe & Bar Rhythmos (26F)
Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 20:00 (L.O.18:30) *Subject to change due to Covid-19 rules
Tel. 03-5783-1258 (Direct restaurant reservation line)