Tune Yokohama http://tune-yokohama.com/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tune-yokohama.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Tune Yokohama http://tune-yokohama.com/ 32 32 Hotel Mustard, Hotel Trunk, YOTEL and More https://tune-yokohama.com/hotel-mustard-hotel-trunk-yotel-and-more/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 06:10:24 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/hotel-mustard-hotel-trunk-yotel-and-more/

Japan travel is back, baby. The Australian travel favorite announced earlier this month that it was lifting its restrictions and allowing fully vaccinated independent travelers to return from October 11.

“We are a nation that has flourished through the free movement of people, goods and capital,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on the New York Stock Exchange on September 22. “COVID-19, of course, interrupted all these benefits, but from October 11, Japan will ease border control measures to be on par with the United States, and resume visa-free travel and travel. individual.

Related: 13 new experiences that will immediately bring you back to Japan

Related: This Japanese prefecture offers island-hopping adventure with a twist

If you’re one of the many planning a trip there, you’ll be pleased to know that while you were gone, the country – Tokyo, in particular – has been busy opening heaps of new hotels. From a hip 15-room spot in Shibuya, to a luxury boutique hotel in Shinjuku, and a property outside Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen Garden with its own flavor distillery, here are the best new hotels to open in Tokyo during our absence.

Hotel Tokyo Tokyo

Hotel Tokyo Tokyo

It only seems fitting that the trendy Trunk Hotel Tokyo is opening its doors in Shibuya, an area known for its avant-garde culture and penchant for effortless style. The rooms, numbering just 15, are all individually designed and range from small quarters to loft-style suites. Some even have balconies, a rare feature in the metropolis.

YOTEL-Tokyo

Scheduled to open in 2024, YOTEL Tokyo will be located in the center of Ginza, one of Tokyo’s busiest areas. The 244-room hotel will feature YOTEL’s signature robotic concierge, YOBOT, motorized SmartBeds and contactless guest experience from booking to check-out. The hotel is part of YOTEL’s wider expansion plans across Japan, including Sapporo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

mesm tokyo

Mesm Tokyo is a new luxury hotel in Minato City, near the waterfront in the new WATERS Takeshiba district. Cool design and authentic Japanese hospitality combine here. The hotel brings art into nearly every aspect, even going so far as to have a dedicated creative director involved in everything from uniforms to food and drink.

Hotel Mustard

Hotel Mustard

A minimalist and young hotel brand, Mustard Hotel opened its first property in Shibuya in 2018. Its second property, located in the trendy Shimokitazawa district, is designed by architect Shin Ohori. Expect a clean, modern aesthetic with lots of greenery and seating areas for guests to socialize.

Kimpton Shinjuku

Located in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Kimpton Shinjuku is a sophisticated boutique hotel with city views. The lively ambience channels Manhattan style with a design inspired by the New York art world. Bonus: its restaurant and bar District Brasserie accepts dogs.

Four Seasons Otemachi

With sweeping views of the Imperial Palace, a tranquility pool in the lounge, and Zen-influenced accents in the guest rooms, the Four Seasons Otemachi is an oasis of calm in the Financial District. Its Est restaurant serves Michelin-starred French cuisine, while you can enjoy sophisticated cocktails at its Virtus bar.

Tokyo EDITION

The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon, has 206 rooms including 22 suites, all with views of Tokyo’s rooftops. The hotel includes three restaurants, with an outdoor terrace overlooking Tokyo Tower. Its glittering Gold Bar offers excellent people-watching and a drink list that pays homage to the pre-prohibition golden age of drinks. It is worth a visit even if you are not staying at the hotel.

FUFU Nikko

Foufou Nikko

Although it is close to Tokyo, Nikko feels like a different world. In addition to hiking or biking, visitors can try their hand at rafting on Lake Chuzenji or canyoning through Urami Falls. FUFU Nikko is within walking distance of Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The hotel’s 24 individually designed suites overlook the surrounding forests and feature their own private indoor or outdoor hot spring bath. The property also has a large communal bath that guests can also use.

Korinkyo

Although technically not in Tokyo, this hotel is easily accessible by bullet train. Korinkyo is indeed located a few minutes walk from the Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa. On-site, there’s an aroma distillery where guests can create essential oils to use in-room or while relaxing in the hotel’s rooftop sauna and hot tub. Its 18 rooms feature simple wood and stone finishes and a neutral design palette, allowing the surrounding nature to take center stage.

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]]> 2022 Historic Hotels Worldwide® Awards of Excellence Finalists Announced https://tune-yokohama.com/2022-historic-hotels-worldwide-awards-of-excellence-finalists-announced/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/2022-historic-hotels-worldwide-awards-of-excellence-finalists-announced/

WASHINGTON DC–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Historic hotels around the world® is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2022 Historic Hotels Worldwide® Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the best historic hotels and hoteliers in the world, through categories of excellence such as Historic Hotels of Worldwide Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotels Worldwide Sustainability Champion and Historic Hotels Worldwide Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year.

The 2022 Historic Hotel Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala will be held at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection in Point Clear, Alabama, USA on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The winners will be announced before an audience of owners, general managers, senior decision makers and guests representing many of the world’s finest historic hotels. The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection (1847) is known as The queen of southern hotels for 175 years and is located on 550 acres adjacent to Mobile Bay.

The nominated finalists are selected from nominations received from historic hotels, preservation supporters, previous winners, community leaders and leaders of Historic Hotels Worldwide. As an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels Worldwide provides recognition to travellers, civic leaders and the global cultural, heritage and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels worldwide. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees across a range of categories.

From over 350 nominations received, the Awards Committee evaluated and, after careful consideration, selected the following finalists for the 2022 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence:

Historic Hotels Worldwide New Member of the Year

  • Hotel Golf Château de Chailly (16th century) Chailly-sur-Armançon, France

  • The Great Antigua House (1670) Saint Peter, Antigua and Barbuda

  • As Janelas Verdes (18th century) Lisbon, Portugal

  • Heritage Avenida Liberdade (18th century) Lisbon, Portugal

  • Solar do Castelo (18th century) Lisbon, Portugal

  • Hotel España (1859) Barcelona, ​​Spain

  • Hotel Savoia & Jolanda (19th century) Venice, Italy

  • Belmont Vancouver MGallery Hotel (1911) Vancouver, Canada

  • Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo – Panama City (1917) Panama City, Panama

  • Garden Hotel Suzhou (1930s) Suzhou, China

  • Hotel Britania Art Deco (1944) Lisbon, Portugal

  • Hotel Lisboa Plaza (1954) Lisbon, Portugal

Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Historic Hotel Social Media

  • Dromoland Castle Hotel (1014) County Clare, Ireland

  • San Clemente Kempinski Palace (1131) Venice, Italy

  • Hotel Maximilian’s (1495) Augsburg, Germany

  • The Great Antigua House (1670) Saint Peter, Antigua and Barbuda

  • Pulitzer Amsterdam (17th century) Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Hilton Molino Stucky Venice (1884) Venice, Italy

  • Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a hotel run by Fairmont (1885) Hamilton, Bermuda

  • The Savoy London (1889) London, England, UK

  • Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu (1899) Charlevoix, Canada

  • Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian (1903) Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

  • Fairmont Empress (1908) Victoria, Canada

  • New Grand Hotel (1927) Yokohama, Japan

  • Fairmont Vancouver Hotel (1939) Vancouver, Canada

Global Historic Hotel Sustainability Champion

  • Dromoland Castle Hotel (1014) County Clare, Ireland

  • San Clemente Kempinski Palace (1131) Venice, Italy

  • Hotel Maximilian’s (1495) Augsburg, Germany

  • Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (1578) Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Chablé Resort & Spa (1650) Chochola, Mexico

  • Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin (1885) Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands

  • Raffles Singapore (1887) Singapore, Singapore

  • Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu (1899) Charlevoix, Canada

  • Fairmont Empress (1908) Victoria, Canada

  • Villa Copenhagen (1912) Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello (1930) Montebello, Canada

  • Lysebu (1946) Oslo, Norway

Historic Hotels Worldwide Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

  • The Larroque family at the Hotel Hacienda de Abajo (1493) Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

  • The Strand family at the Fru Haugans Hotel (1794) Mosjoen, Norway

  • The Hauser family at the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern (1845) Lucerne, Switzerland

  • The Kohler family at Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa (1852) St Andrews, Scotland, UK

  • The Noorlander family at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin (1885) Noordwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands

  • The Baverez family at the Hotel Regina Louvre (1900) Paris, France

  • The Dietrich family at the Hotel Waldhaus Sils (1908) Sils Maria, Switzerland

  • The De Santis family at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo (1910) Tremezzo, Italy

Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Historic Downtown Hotel

  • San Clemente Kempinski Palace (1131) Venice, Italy

  • Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (1578) Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Bernini Palace Hotel (16th century) Florence, Italy

  • Pulitzer Amsterdam (17th century) Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • The Galata Istanbul Hotel MGallery (1720) Istanbul, Turkey

  • Mozart Prague (1770) Prague, Czech Republic

  • Hotel Alfiz (18th century) Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

  • Solar do Castelo (18th century) Lisbon, Portugal

  • Hotel España (1859) Barcelona, ​​Spain

  • Raffles Singapore (1887) Singapore, Singapore

  • Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan (1899) Aswan, Egypt

  • Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian (1903) Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

  • The Waldorf Hilton, London (1908) London, England, UK

  • Sommerro (1917) Oslo, Norway

  • New Grand Hotel (1927) Yokohama, Japan

  • Hotel Molitor Paris MGallery (1929) Paris, France

  • Alvear Palace Hotel (1932) Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Fairmont Vancouver Hotel (1939) Vancouver, Canada

  • Hotel Britania Art Deco (1944) Lisbon, Portugal

  • The Murray Hong Kong (1969) Hong Kong, China

Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Historic Resort

  • Dromoland Castle Hotel (1014) County Clare, Ireland

  • San Clemente Kempinski Palace (1131) Venice, Italy

  • Kilkea Castle (1180) Castledermot, Ireland

  • Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa (1666) Somerset West, South Africa

  • The K Club (1832) Straffan, Ireland

  • Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa (1852) St Andrews, Scotland, UK

  • Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin (1885) Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands

  • Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu (1899) Charlevoix, Canada

  • Fairmont Empress (1908) Victoria, Canada

  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo (1910) Tremezzo, Italy

Best Historic Hotels in the World Hotel in Europe

  • Dromoland Castle Hotel (1014) County Clare, Ireland

  • Hotel de la Cité Carcassonne MGallery (11th century) Carcassonne, France

  • San Clemente Kempinski Palace (1131) Venice, Italy

  • Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (1578) Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Hotel DOM (17th century) Rome, Italy

  • Pulitzer Amsterdam (17th century) Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden (1713) Dresden, Germany

  • Mozart Prague (1770) Prague, Czech Republic

  • Solar do Castelo (18th century) Lisbon, Portugal

  • The K Club, (1832) Straffan, Ireland

  • Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa (1852) St Andrews, Scotland, UK

  • Great Southern Killarney (1854) Killarney, Ireland

  • Raffles Europejski Warsaw (1857) Warsaw, Poland

  • Hilton Molino Stucky Venice (1884) Venice, Italy

  • Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin (1885) Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands

  • Hotel Moskva (1908) Belgrade, Serbia

  • Sommerro (1917) Oslo, Norway

  • Rosewood London (1914) London, England, UK

  • Hotel Britania Art Deco (1944) Lisbon, Portugal

Best Historic Hotels in the World Hotel in Asia/Pacific

  • Raffles Singapore (1887) Singapore, Singapore

  • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam

  • The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore (1904) Singapore, Singapore

  • Beijing NUO Hotel (1917) Beijing, China

  • The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (1924) Singapore, Singapore

  • New Grand Hotel (1927) Yokohama, Japan

  • Garden Hotel Suzhou (1930s) Suzhou, China

  • The Yangtze Shanghai store (1933) Shanghai, China

  • Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian (1953) Xian, China

  • The Murray Hong Kong (1969) Hong Kong, China

Best Historic Hotels in the World Hotel in the Americas

  • Quinta Real Oaxaca (1579) Oaxaca, Mexico

  • The Great Antigua House (1670) Saint Peter, Antigua and Barbuda

  • Hotel Alfiz (18th century) Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

  • Quinta Real Zacatecas (1866) Zacatecas, Mexico

  • Fairmont Banff Springs (1888) Banff, Alberta, Canada

  • Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu (1899) Charlevoix, Canada

  • Fairmont Empress (1908) Victoria, Canada

  • Alvear Palace Hotel (1932) Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Fairmont Vancouver Hotel (1939) Vancouver, Canada

“It is an honor to congratulate all of the finalists nominated for the 2022 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence,” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive vice president, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “The nominated finalists exemplify the best historic hotels and hoteliers around the world. The historic hotels nominated include historic inns, boutique hotels, lifestyle hotels and legendary resorts. They represent small towns and big cities as well as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We salute the dedication and passion of the thousands of people who work at these iconic and legendary historic hotels who carry on the stories of the past and make your stay or the celebration of special occasions at these historic hotels memorable experiences.

Tickets for the 2022 Historic Hotel Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala are available. The 2022 Historic Hotel Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala will be held at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the ceremony and gala are $500. To register for the ceremony and gala, please contact Matt Coletti, MColetti@historichotels.org. Discounted hotel rooms are available for participants.

About historic hotels around the world®

Historic Hotels Worldwide® is a prestigious and distinctive collection of historic treasures, including luxury historic hotels built in ancient castles, castles, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries and other historic accommodation spanning ten centuries. Historic Hotels Worldwide represents the world’s finest and most distinctive collection of over 320 historic hotels in over 46 countries. Hotels inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide are genuine historic treasures, demonstrate historic preservation and celebrate historic significance. Eligibility for induction into Historic Hotels Worldwide is limited to distinctive historic hotels that meet the following criteria: minimum building age is 75 years or older; historically relevant as a prominent location in a historic district, historically significant landmark, site of a historical event, former residence of a famous person, or historic downtown; the hotel celebrates its history by displaying memorabilia, artwork, photographs and other examples of its historical significance; recognized by a national preservation or heritage building organization or located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and currently used as a historic hotel. For more information, please visit HistoricHotelsWorldwide.com.

]]> The best Japanese restaurants in Frankfurt: correspondent’s guide https://tune-yokohama.com/the-best-japanese-restaurants-in-frankfurt-correspondents-guide/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 04:00:26 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/the-best-japanese-restaurants-in-frankfurt-correspondents-guide/

This article is part of a frankfurt guide by FT Globetrotter

This year I returned to Japan after five years as a Frankfurt correspondent for Nikkei. Compared to Tokyo, where the food is said to be the best in the world, German restaurants might not be the ones people miss the most. However, it is no exaggeration to say that the Japanese restaurants in Frankfurt, the cosmopolitan city where I have lived, are among the best in Europe and have been an oasis for me during my stay in Germany. Here are six of my favorites.

Masa Japanese Cuisine

Hanauer Landstraße 131, 60314 Frankfurt am Main

  • Good for: Authentic yet contemporary Japanese cuisine

  • Not so good for: Location. It’s not very central

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION: One Michelin star. 9-course menu, €160; 7-course menu, €145

  • Website; directions

Chef Masaru Oae of Masa Japanese Cuisine

A terrine of shimaaji (wooden mackerel from Japan)

A few weeks before my departure from Frankfurt, I received an email from a young Japanese chef: “My restaurant has received a Michelin star. Masaru Oae, who had trained in London and Dusseldorf, opened his first restaurant under his own name in May 2021. I knew he would one day acquire a star, but I was surprised it was so soon.

A five-minute walk from the glass building of the European Central Bank in the east of Frankfurt, the restaurant seats around 20 people and upon entering it feels like stepping into a cocoon. The omakase-style menu is a must. When I visited, the meal started with a starter of shiso tempura and sea bream tartare on a bed of earthy-looking dried black olives. We picked them up and ate them with our hands. Masa uses a wide variety of seasonal and imported Japanese ingredients. The beautiful presentation and varied textures of the dishes are a delight for the senses.

Part of the dining room at Masa
Shortly after opening, Masa received a Michelin star

“Even if it was in Tokyo, the standard of this restaurant would be quite high,” a friend told the savvy palace. I agreed. It may be too late, but I recommend a visit before it becomes impossible to get a reservation.

Muku

Dreieichstraße 7, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

  • Good for: A business dinner or a meeting with friends or family

  • Not so good for: Reservations — the phone isn’t often picked up

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday, and Thursday-Sunday for walk-in lunch too

  • Website; directions

Muku-Restaurant

Muku is located just south of the river Main A table and chairs in a corner in Frankfurt

Tsukemen ramen being prepared in Muku

Tsukemen ramen being prepared in Muku

Perhaps the best restaurant in terms of friendliness is Muku, located in Sachsenhausen, just south of the Main river, opposite the city center. Several years ago, Muku triumphantly opened his second ramen shop at the Ramen Museum in Yokohama, Japan. It is now reputed to be one of the best ramen places in Europe, but the “ramen restaurant” label misrepresents its potential. Muku has a chic, adult izakaya atmosphere with a selection of delicacies such as firefly squid and heshiko (mackerel marinated in rice bran paste). Seasonal sake is also available from time to time.

A bowl of tsukemen ramen and broth at Mukiu

Author’s favorite: tsukemen ramen in Muku. . .

.  .  .  which is recognized as one of the best ramen joints in Europe

. . . which is recognized as one of the best ramen joints in Europe

For the less adventurous, the karaage (Japanese fried chicken), gyoza dumplings, shrimp mayonnaise and other dishes are sure to please. When it comes to Muku ramen, I always order tsukemen (dipping noodles). While dipping the firm noodles into the seafood broth and sipping, I also sometimes squeeze in a little lemon to sharpen the taste. When I’ve finished the noodles, I savor the rest of the soup-wari, or a broth base, which can be supplemented if desired. It’s so satisfying.

Bar J’epoca Saka

Fritschengasse 5, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

  • Good for: Friendly service

  • Not so good for: Hangover

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION: He has an online sake store

  • Website; directions

Sake served at J'epoca Saka Bar

Sake served at J’epoca Saka Bar

The sake menu at J'epoca Saka Bar

The sake specialist caters to everyone, from connoisseurs to Japanese drink novices

As its name suggests, J’epoca Saka Bar, located at the end of the cobbled streets of Sachsenhausen, specializes in sake. Owner Mayuko Morooka hails from Ishikawa Prefecture, which is famous for its sake, and selects it from there. If you’re not familiar with sake, why not start with a set that lets you try three kinds in small sizes? They also serve a variety of snacks that go well with it, like soy sauce-soaked cream cheese and fried tofu.

I was

Vilbeler Strasse 31, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

  • Good for: A quick lunch

  • Not so good for: debit cards; payment is made in cash or by credit card if the invoice is greater than €30

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Close on Sunday

  • Such : 0049-69 283992 (no website); directions

A man looking at a row of food at Iwase in Frankfurt

Iwase is one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Frankfurt

A sushi platter at Iwase

The author made for Iwase whenever he craved sushi during his stay in Frankfurt

During my stay in Germany, about once every two or three months, I suddenly had a craving for sushi. I was waiting for Friday noon, when work had calmed down a bit, to slip into this little restaurant in the city center, about a 15-minute walk from the office. Iwase is one of Frankfurt’s oldest Japanese restaurants. It’s been around since the 1990s, when Japanese cuisine wasn’t as popular in Europe as it is today. The place is usually full, but you can often find a seat at the counter for one person. The lunch menu is reasonably priced. For €20 you can get a decent sushi platter with a small salad, miso soup and a fruit plate. As German sushi rice is often large, ordering a smaller portion will give you a more authentic experience.

City of Mangetsu

GROSSE ESCHENHEIMER STRASSE 43, 60313 FRANKFURT ON THE MAIN

  • Good for: Central location

  • Not so good for: Formal business dinners

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION: There is a sister restaurant near Messe Frankfurt

  • Website; directions

A hand holding udon noodles over a bowl at Frankfurt's Mangetsu restaurant

Mangetsu is renowned for its homemade udon. . .

A dish of udon noodles at Mangetsu

. . . popular with Japanese expats in Frankfurt

This is another reasonably priced lunch spot, which at night is a izakaya crowded with Japanese expats and locals. During the day, you can get a Japanese-style lunch for around €15. What sets this place apart from other Japanese restaurants in Germany is their homemade udon noodles. Two of my Frankfurt acquaintances from Kagawa prefecture, known in Japan as “udon prefecture”, say Mangetsu’s udon is delicious, so you can rest assured you won’t be disappointed.

Tokyo Yatai

Walther-von-Cronberg-Platz, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

  • Good for: sunny days

  • Not so good for: The van is not always in the same place

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION: In winter, he sells other foods such as sweet potatoes

  • Website

It could be dessert time. There is no doubt that is, or Italian gelato, is one of Germany’s favorite summer dishes. In Frankfurt, however, you can also enjoy khaki-gori (shaved ice dessert) at Tokyo Yatai, a Japanese ice cream van. There are many flavors to choose from, including matcha and mango, but the taste of lightly crushed ice topped with a sweet and sour sauce made from fresh strawberries is perfect for the hot German summer.

Where do you go to eat Japanese in Frankfurt? Tell us in the comments

This article is part of a new collaboration between the FT and Nikkei, in which Nikkei reporters and correspondents write about their favorite Japanese restaurants in cities around the world. Up next: a Japanese food tour of Paris

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These 10 new hotels will be your reason to revisit Japan in 2023 https://tune-yokohama.com/these-10-new-hotels-will-be-your-reason-to-revisit-japan-in-2023/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/these-10-new-hotels-will-be-your-reason-to-revisit-japan-in-2023/

This Japanese hotel comes from Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.

Designed as a perfect rest and regeneration stopover for lovers of skiing, snowboarding, trekking, mountaineering and other adventure sports, it will be ready to receive clients looking for skiing opportunities in Niseko on the island of Hokkaido in 2024.

The Nikko Style Niseko HANAZONO Hotel will be one of the largest hotels in Japan. It will have eight floors housing 234 rooms, each measuring 34 square meters. Among the rooms are 16 suites. The total area of ​​the facility will be approximately 14,070 square meters.

According to a statement from Okura Nikko, all rooms on the top two floors will have a private natural hot spring bath in each bathroom. There will also be hot spring facilities with open-air baths, from which some of the best views of nearby Mount Yōtei – an active stratovolcano and national park – will be visible.

In addition to the baths, there will be a communal lobby, banquet hall, club lounge, and fitness center, among other guest facilities.

As for food, the hotel will serve the best of local Hokkaido cuisine with an open kitchen in its all-day dining room, which will also have private rooms and a circular bar counter. Restaurant guests can enjoy their drinks and food while soaking up the breathtaking natural scenery around the hotel.

Image credit: Okura Nikko Hotels

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A ‘Tokyo Drift’-style car show with more than 250 vehicles is coming to the South Shore of Montreal https://tune-yokohama.com/a-tokyo-drift-style-car-show-with-more-than-250-vehicles-is-coming-to-the-south-shore-of-montreal/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 15:54:06 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/a-tokyo-drift-style-car-show-with-more-than-250-vehicles-is-coming-to-the-south-shore-of-montreal/

Calling all fans and car enthusiasts of Vin Diesel! The Driven Canadian Aftermarket Car Show will be back in Brossard on September 17 in an underground parking lot at the Quartier DIX30 shopping center.

A showcase of automotive culture and after-sales parts and services, this Tokyo Drift-thematic event is open to all Quebecers wishing to discover the latest automotive trends or connect with other headliners.

This next edition will feature over 250 modified cars, special international guests and local businesses.

Four exhibitors will offer exclusive products at reduced prices: Yokohama Tire Canada, RAUH-Welt Begriff, Boost The North and Wrap MTL.

If you think your ride has a chance, you can save it to compete with other entrants for titles such as “Best Overall Car”, “Judge’s Choice”, “Best Commercial Display”, “Best show crew”, “best in class” or “best in show”.

Tickets will be available at the door, but you’ll save $5 and have a chance to win prizes by purchasing a pass online in advance.

Pets are not allowed in the site, but you can bring cameras to capture this special exhibit.

Montreal Driven Canadian Aftermarket Auto Show

Cost:

  • $20/adult in presale
  • $25/adult the day of the event
  • $10 for children (5-7 years old) and seniors (+65)

When: September 17, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Quartier DIX30 covered parking lot, 6000, boul. Leduc, Brossard, QC

Website

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13 new hotels, restaurants and exhibitions opened in Japan https://tune-yokohama.com/13-new-hotels-restaurants-and-exhibitions-opened-in-japan/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 06:07:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/13-new-hotels-restaurants-and-exhibitions-opened-in-japan/

Since September 7, Australian travelers have been allowed to enter Japan. Although the country has been open to us since June 10 this year, we must produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the flight, be part of a tourist group and be under the capped limit of tourists allowed to enter in the country that day.

“In countries around the world, international exchanges are growing,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on August 31. as well as allowing (tourists on) unguided tours from all countries to enter the country.

So, now that we’re allowed to roam freely in Japan, what’s new to add to our next trip? It turns out that the country has been occupied. From a restaurant with the world’s first pasta robot, to an Andy Warhol exhibit and a hotel with a DIY essential oil distillery, here’s everything that just opened and is worth seeing in Japan.

Related: The borders are open, so why are Australians ignoring Japan?

Related: This Japanese prefecture offers island-hopping adventure with a twist

New hotels in Japan

FUFU Nikko

Within walking distance of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, FUFU Nikko offers travelers an elegant retreat in a beautiful green oasis. The 24 individually designed suites overlook the surrounding forests and are equipped with private indoor or outdoor onsen (hot spring) baths. Although close to the bustling city of Tokyo, Nikko feels like a different world.

With trekking and biking already attracting visitors, adventurers can also try their hand at rafting on Lake Chuzenji, canyoning through Urami Falls, or trekking and biking.

FUFU Nikko

Korinkyo

Minimalist excavations Korinkyo are located just minutes from Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen Garden. On-site, there’s an aroma distillery where guests can create essential oils to use in-room or while relaxing in the hotel’s rooftop sauna and hot tub. Its 18 rooms feature simple wood and stone finishes and a neutral design palette, allowing views of the surrounding nature to take center stage.

Comico Yufuin Art House

Near the coastal city of Oita in Kyushu and located in the beautiful but little known Comico Yufuin Art Museum, Comico Yufuin Art House is a new luxury accommodation, designed by Kengo Kuma. It includes the “Tsuchi” house and the “Take house”, both inspired by the Satoyama culture, where nature and community are deeply connected. Both houses feature a private onsen, traditional Japanese gardens, and spacious rooms with tatami floors.

YOTEL-Tokyo

Opening scheduled for 2024, YOTEL-Tokyo will be located in the center of Ginza, one of Tokyo’s busiest areas. The 244-room state-of-the-art hotel will feature YOTEL YOBOT’s signature robotic concierge, motorized SmartBeds and contactless guest experience from booking to check-out. YOTEL Tokyo is part of YOTEL’s broader expansion plans across Japan, including Sapporo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

Yotel Japan

Club Med Hokkaido Kiroro

Club Med Hokkaido Kiroro will be an all-inclusive resort, 90 minutes from New Chitose Airport, set to open in time for the 2023 season. Conducted in two phases, Club Med Kiroro “Peak” will open in December exclusively for guests aged 12 ages and up, where guests can relax in a comfortable yet hip environment with access to a natural outdoor hot spring and spa. Open to all ages, Club Med Kiroro ‘Grand’ will follow in 2023 and will house a wide selection of family facilities.

Club Med Hokkaido Kiroro

New artistic and cultural experiences in Japan

teamLab ‘Tokyo Planets’

The latest immersive experience launched by teamLab, “Planets Tokyo”, allows visitors to stroll through aquatic facilities or soak up the scents of 13,000 real orchids that “react” creating space for visitors to to go for a walk. Michelin starred restaurant UZU Tokyo Vegan Ramen also opened onsite, serving signature flower ramen bowls.

teamsLab

Andy Warhol Exhibition

An exhibition dedicated to iconic pop artist Andy Warhol will take place at Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art until February 2023. The exhibition will be divided into five main sections, including a chapter “Warhol, Japan and Kyoto”, which looks at Warhol’s first visit to Japan in 1956 and presents a collection of sketches, memorabilia and souvenirs the artist collected during his two-week visit.

Nakanoshima Museum of Art

Nakanoshima Museum of Art in Osaka opened after nearly 30 years of planning. Housed in a dramatic box-like structure with a jet-black exterior, the museum has one of Japan’s largest collections – over 6,000 works of art in its collection (with a bespoke sample of around 40 pieces exhibited at all times) by modern masters such as Magritte, Dali and Japanese artists, including the painter Jiro Yoshihara.

New restaurants and bars in Japan

Heiwa Doburoku Brewery

Founded in 1928 in Wakayama prefecture, the legendary sake brewery Heiwa Shuzou opened the doors of Heiwa Doburoku Breweryoffering a modern take on the classic Japanese drink in the heart of Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district.

Ginza Hachigo

The newest member of the exclusive Michelin star ramen club, Ginza HachigoThe beautifully complex soup is clear, flavorful and made by boiling Nagoya Cochin chicken, duck, scallops, sun-dried tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms, konbu (seaweed), heirloom Kyoto onions and cured ham.

Gold bar

Nestled next to the hotel entrance on the ground floor, Gold bar at EDITION is a “social playground” that brings another dimension to Tokyo’s bar scene. Cocktails on the menu include a Nippon Pale Ale, made with local Chardonnay from Nagano, pisco, grappa, pineapple, IPA and nutmeg.

Gold Bar in Tokyo EDITION

Sower

A 90-minute drive from Kyoto, on the shores of Lake Biwa, Michelin chef Coleman Griffin cooks up a culinary destination Sower. In a minimalist space designed by Teruhiro Yanagihara Studio, Griffin draws inspiration from the landscape to create innovative tasting menus from the region’s rich seasonal produce.

Sower

E Vino Spaghetti

E Vino Spaghetti opened at Tokyo Station, welcoming people who have very little time for a lunch break. It uses the world’s first automated pasta cooker to prepare a meal in 45 seconds. AI-based image recognition technology is used to understand the ingredient status of pasta and pasta cooked in a specially developed frying pan using high-power induction. The robot prepares up to 90 meals per hour and even washes its own pans.

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HIP in a major effort to promote the transshipment of used vehicles https://tune-yokohama.com/hip-in-a-major-effort-to-promote-the-transshipment-of-used-vehicles/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 21:32:26 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/hip-in-a-major-effort-to-promote-the-transshipment-of-used-vehicles/

Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) marketing team traveled to Japan during the last week of August, to increase awareness and aggressively market the services offered by Hambantota International Port (HIP), in particular RORO which is currently the main activity of the port. The HIPG team was quick to take the first opportunity that arose after the travel restrictions were lifted, to meet with the Sri Lanka Automobile Association in Japan (SLAAJ) and the Exporters Association of Used Motor Vehicles of Japan (JUMVEA) to promote HIP as an ideal transshipment hub. The leading exporter of used vehicles provided the team with opportunities to meet officials from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other senior officials. The HIP team met with Yokohama Port Chairman Shinsuke Itoh and port officials with whom they had fruitful discussions to collaborate with HIPG for RORO operations and related matters.

HIPG COO Tissa Wickramasinghe welcomes Shinsuke Itoh, Chairman of Yokohama Port

“RORO business has grown rapidly over the past few years thanks to the highly efficient services provided by the port and HIPG actively engaging with and working with shipping companies to move RORO cargo for transhipment through the However, we believe more needs to be done to position Sri Lanka, primarily due to our location, quality of service and cost effectiveness of using HIP as a transshipment point.We were very pleased to to see the reception we received from shipping companies and exporters in Japan which has been very positive. We did a thorough study before making the visit to identify the parties we should meet and discuss to achieve results”, explains Bindu Ranasinghe, Deputy General Manager, Commercial and Marketing, HIPG.

Bindu Ranasinghe, DGM Commercial & Marketing, HIPG speaking to SLAAJ

The team met with five shipping companies, including the three major shipping companies engaged in RORO activities, and discussed current business conditions, HIP’s potential for RORO operations and future plans for the port.

They also had discussions with used car exporters who expressed interest in transshipment via HIP. In light of the current challenges faced by RORO operators, the HIP team was able to drive home the benefits and benefits of transshipment through the port.

HIP Team at Yokohama Port with Port Officials

Tissa Wickramasinghe, Chief Operating Officer of HIPG, said, “The main focus of the tour was to expand our business opportunities and the used car exporter segment is one of them. We observed the large number of vehicles exported from Japan to Africa and the Middle East and wanted HIP to look for opportunities in this area. The port has the advantage of having a large area of ​​parking areas, which is not available in many other countries. This was a key attraction point for exporters and we are now exploring other opportunities to realize value added services at the port. Also, another new area of ​​business that was discussed in detail was the availability of bunker services for ships passing through Hambantota. HIP will pursue this new business opportunity with our strategic partner Sinopec Fuel Oil Lanka, and bring more USD revenue to the country.”

“Our goal is to increase the port’s transhipment volumes, taking advantage of its strategic location, high productivity and quality of service offered,” the COO added.
Source: Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG)

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Visit these new hotels in Japan for an ultra-luxurious experience https://tune-yokohama.com/visit-these-new-hotels-in-japan-for-an-ultra-luxurious-experience/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 04:30:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/visit-these-new-hotels-in-japan-for-an-ultra-luxurious-experience/

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Hotel Nikko Style Niseko HANAZONO

This Japanese hotel comes from Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.

Designed as a perfect rest and regeneration stopover for lovers of skiing, snowboarding, trekking, mountaineering and other adventure sports, it will be ready to receive clients looking for skiing opportunities in Niseko on the island of Hokkaido in 2024.

The Nikko Style Niseko HANAZONO Hotel will be one of the largest hotels in Japan. It will have eight floors housing 234 rooms, each measuring 34 square meters. Among the rooms are 16 suites. The total area of ​​the facility will be approximately 14,070 square meters.

According to a statement from Okura Nikko, all rooms on the top two floors will have a private natural hot spring bath in each bathroom. There will also be hot spring facilities with open-air baths, from which some of the best views of nearby Mount Yōtei – an active stratovolcano and national park – will be visible.

In addition to the baths, there will be a communal lobby, banquet hall, club lounge, and fitness center, among other guest facilities.

As for food, the hotel will serve the best of local Hokkaido cuisine with an open kitchen in its all-day dining room, which will also have private rooms and a circular bar counter. Guests of the restaurant can enjoy their drinks and food while soaking up the breathtaking natural scenery around the hotel.

Image credit: Okura Nikko Hotels

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Nissan wants to take advantage of the US electric vehicle tax credit https://tune-yokohama.com/nissan-wants-to-take-advantage-of-the-us-electric-vehicle-tax-credit/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 02:43:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/nissan-wants-to-take-advantage-of-the-us-electric-vehicle-tax-credit/

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan will more aggressively push electric vehicles to take advantage of a new U.S. law that grants up to $7,500 in tax credits, the Japanese automaker said Friday.

President Joe Biden signed into law the landmark climate change and health care bill last month. The tax credit can be used to cover the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle made in the United States.

The Nissan Leaf electric car is among the eligible models, but, by law, vehicles must contain a battery made in North America with minerals mined or recycled on the continent to be eligible.

Sustainability director Joji Tagawa acknowledged that the qualification process was complex, but stressed that Nissan was eager to take advantage of the law to cut costs for the customer.

“We’re doing a thorough analysis right now,” he told reporters in an online briefing, noting that details of what Nissan might do were still undecided.

Tesla models, as well as the Ford F Series electric pickup, the BMW X5 and the plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler are among the models that will be able to benefit from the tax credits.

Nissan Motor Co., allied with French automaker Renault, was among the first to bet on zero-emission all-electric vehicles with the Leaf, which went on sale in 2010. More than 600,000 Leaf electric cars have been sold in the world to date.

Major automakers around the world recently announced investments to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles amid growing concerns about climate change and fuel prices.

Nissan said it was trying to make its operations and products cleaner, safer and more inclusive, looking at supply, production and sales, as well as its lineup. The company, based in Yokohama, Japan, will work with alliance partners and governments to achieve these goals, Tagawa said.

Nissan’s brand image was tarnished when Carlos Ghosn, a star executive for two decades at Nissan, was arrested in Japan in 2018 for underreporting his pay and embezzling company money. Ghosn skipped bail in December 2019 and now lives in Lebanon. He says he is innocent and has been unfairly targeted by some at Nissan who are worried Renault is gaining influence.

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IHG Hotels & Resorts will open Hotel Indigo in Tokyo’s famous Shibuya district in late 2023 https://tune-yokohama.com/ihg-hotels-resorts-will-open-hotel-indigo-in-tokyos-famous-shibuya-district-in-late-2023/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 08:32:09 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/ihg-hotels-resorts-will-open-hotel-indigo-in-tokyos-famous-shibuya-district-in-late-2023/
  • Based on the Jungle City theme, celebrating Tokyo’s Shibuya district where individuality and colors mix and change.
  • The hotel will bring the history of the trendy and world-famous Shibuya district to life
  • Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya will be the fourth Indigo Hotel in Japan, with plans to further expand the brand

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IHG Hotels & Resorts (head office: UK; Japan: Minato-ku, Tokyo; operating company: IHG Hotels & Resorts, managing director: Abhijay Sandilya; hereinafter IHG) has signed a management agreement with Pan Pacific International Holdings Corporation to open Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya in late 2023.

Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya will be the fourth hotel under the Hotel Indigo brand in Japan, following Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora which opened in 2020, and Hotel Indigo Karuizawa and Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen Garden, which opened in 2020. both opened earlier this year.

With 254 hotels open or planned worldwide, Hotel Indigo is IHG’s lifestyle boutique hotel brand that revolves around neighborhood stories, tickling guests’ curiosity by incorporating character, history and the city’s unique culture in every detail of the hotel’s design, artwork, service. and experience.

Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya will be located at the top of “Dogenzaka Dori”, a large mixed-use complex being developed as part of the Shibuya Ward Dogenzaka 2-chome development plan.

A five-minute walk will take you to Shibuya Scramble Crossing, a quintessential symbol of Tokyo’s cultural hub that draws attention from around the world. In the other direction is the quiet, residential area of ​​Shoto, which puts the hotel in an ideal location to take in all aspects of the Shibuya district’s unique history.

This story is based on the theme of a “jungle town where individuality and colors mix and change,” expressing a Shibuya that continues to evolve over time, much like a jungle where diverse and colorful lives are born. This will be reflected in the local experience as well as in the hotel’s interior design and services.

In addition to the 272 rooms, the hotel will have facilities such as a neighborhood café-bar with an outdoor terrace and a fitness room. Rooms on higher floors will offer panoramic views that stretch to Mount Fuji and the Tokyo Sky Tree on a clear day. It will also include a cafe for eat-in and take-out near the entrance on the third floor.

IHG Hotels & Resorts has a total of 50 hotels open or planned in Japan under six brands – (ANA) InterContinental, Kimpton, ANA Crowne Plaza, (ANA) Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo, and is preparing for Regent Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spa and voco in the years to come.

Since January 2020, IHG has opened 11 hotels, including three Hotel Indigo brands (Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, Hotel Indigo Karuizawa and Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen Garden), ANA Holiday Inn Resort Shinano-omachi Kuroyon, Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, Holiday Inn Express Osaka City Center Midosuji and the 1,000-room resort at Appi Kogen, which includes ANA InterContinental, ANA Crowne Plaza and ANA Holiday Inn.

With the opening of Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya in 2023, IHG will have five hotels in Tokyo and eight in the Greater Tokyo Area. (ANA InterContinental Tokyo, The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo, InterContinental Tokyo Bay, Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, InterContinental Yokohama Grand, InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 and ANA Crowne Plaza Narita)

IHG is committed to growing in Japan and will continue to focus on building relationships with property owners to further expand its portfolio.

Hotel website

Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya
Shibuya City, Japan

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