The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Introduces New Romantic Christmas Plan

07.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

How would you like to enjoy a snowman-shaped Christmas cake and champagne while overlooking Tokyo Tower? The new Scoolove Christmas Accommodation Plan from the Prince Park Tower Tokyo is offering this incredibly festive experience from December 1 until December 26, 2021!

 

The TOKYO HONEY PROJECT, a product planning team made up exclusively of female hoteliers, has devised this romantic plan in the hopes of making Christmas magical and memorable again. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many couples haven’t had the chance to spend any special time together, so what better time than the holiday season? 

 

The word ‘Scoolove’ is a combination of ‘scoop’ and love,’ and while scooping up and enjoying this tasty snowman treat, the team hopes that couples will deepen their relationship and enjoy some much-needed quality time together. The head of the snowman is made from matcha ganache wrapped in kumquat cheesecake mousse, while the body is made of baked cheesecake accented with a raspberry jam. With these two competing flavors, every bite is sure to be interesting!

 

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    The pastry shop at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel will start selling an absolutely gorgeous selection of Halloween sweets starting October 1, 2021. 

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    27.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

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    Pumpkin Tart (front) / Eyeball ‘Vanilla Cassis’

     

    Pastry Shop Dorer ‘Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~’

    Smoked Salmon Salad

     

    Chestnut Rice with Pumpkin

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    Five variations of Ronnefeldt Tea / Alain Milliat Strawberry Jam

     

     

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    You can visit the lounge and experience a luxurious time at the adult-aimed sweets buffet, gazing through the atrium during the long Autumn evenings, or you can enjoy the colorful afternoon tea set from the comfort of your own living room! 

     

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    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

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     Try Japanese-inspired indoor camping with the new ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM!’

     

     

  • Museum-Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Releases Seven Artistic Christmas Cakes

    20.September.2021 | FOOD

    Museum-Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will be opening pre-orders for their Patisserie ‘Shiori Kyou 1928’ 2021 Christmas cake selection between October 1 and December 17.

    The theme for this year’s Christmas cakes is “Art Temptation,” with seven unique, artistic cakes to choose from. The hotel is full of Japanese beauty and artistry, while the cake line-up features gorgeous cultural motifs and traditional crafts. 

     

    Tamatebako *Limited to 10 cakes


    First Layer

     

    Second Layer

     

    A shortcake with strawberries from Kayama Farm.

     

     

    Pralines & Pistachio

     

    Cassis & Fig

     

    Coffee & Tonka

     

    Fromage & Cru

     

    Stollen

     

     

    This year’s lineup, of course, features the standard seasonal products; First is the Tamate Box, a two-tiered box made of chocolate, filled with cakes, gateaux, pound cake, and more. The Kayama Farm Strawberry Shortcake is their most popular product and is covered in high quality brand strawberries. The Stollen, with its spicy accents, is perfect for adults.

    Alongside them is a selection of four new products; The Praline & Pistachio cake, which is covered in poinsettia and pine-shaped chocolate, and the Cassis & Fig is formed of four delicate, paper-cutting inspired layers. The Coffee & Tonka has a mature, bitter flavor and is topped with a Christmas tree, while the Fromage & Cru is made of a refreshing combination of cheese and apples.

     

    Enjoy a precious moment that can be enjoyed by both adults and children with these beautiful and artistic cakes!

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