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Tokyo, 23 June 2015 – Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo welcomes renowned Chef Yuichi Kamimura, the owner of KAMIMURA, Niseko at its signature Italian restaurant, Piacere, for a culinary event called Chef Yuichi Kamimura: The Best of Niseko from 3 to 5 July 2015.  Picaere’s Executive Chef, Andrea Ferrero and Kamimura both share the same passion for employing the season’s freshest ingredients.  While Kamimura has a strong affinity with his Hokkaido roots and nurtures relationships with local farmers, fishermen and producers, Ferrero’s cuisine is a testament to his close ties with farmers and producers in both his native Italy and beloved Japan.

KAMIMURA, an iconic Michelin-starred French restaurant located in Niseko, attracts visitors from around the world; in summer, it receives visitors who take advantage of its cool and dry climate where golfing, rafting and hiking can be enjoyed.  Winter season is filled with visitors from all over the world who are seeking epic powder at its premier ski resorts.  The town is also famous for a myriad of après-ski activities.

A well-known must-visit spot in Niseko for its popular degustation menus, Chef Kamimura makes his first appearance in Tokyo showcasing exquisite French cuisine using ingredients from his native Hokkaido. "I am just a man who happens to be born in a family running a restaurant in Hokkaido.  My intention was not to become a restaurateur because I thought I would pursue a different dream.  I am a very simple man who loves to cook and am presently a chef and owner of a small restaurant in Hokkaido. It is an honour to be offered such a rare opportunity of serving my food at Piacere,” comments Kamimura.

The event will include a six-course lunch and a nine-course dinner.  With both menus, guests will have the option of adding a wine pairing to their meal.  In addition to his popular staples, such as Smoked Salmon Caviar, Grilled Scallops with Dried Scallop Cream and Poached Veal Tenderloin with Hokkaido Wasabi Butter, Chef Kamimura will create one main dish exclusively for Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo.



Period: Friday, 3 July – Sunday, 5 July 2015



Date: Friday, 3¬ July– Saturday, 4 July 2015 

Place: Piacere

9-course dinner ¥16,000 (subject to tax and service charge)



Date: Saturday, 4 July – Sunday, 5 July 2015 

Place: Piacere

6-course lunch ¥8,000 (subject to tax and service charge)


Please visit or call (81 3) 6739 7898 for reservations.


About Yuichi Kamimura

Born in Hokkaido, Yuichi Kamimura spent his formative years in his family’s bustling restaurant.  He met celebrated chef Tetsuta Wakuda in Sydney in 2000 and immediately became fascinated by his culinary philosophy and proficiency.  He became Chef Wakuda’s apprentice and spent the next five years working alongside him.

Chef Kamimura returned to Hokkaido and, after opening a successful restaurant in Sapporo, established KAMIMURA in Niseko in December 2007.  He continues to take inspiration from Hokkaido’s pristine natural environment and delicious cuisine.  His menus showcase his passion for the area and his devotion to the region’s farmers, fishermen and producers.



The iconic Michelin-starred French restaurant defines exquisite dining in Niseko.  Its intimate, elegant ambience and stylish interiors offer guests a truly special experience.  An intricate fusion of East meets West, it offers an array of degustation menus.  These menus and this style of dining lets guests experience a wide range of flavours with a delicate balance of fresh vegetables, meats and seafood.


About Piacere

Piacere is Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo’s signature restaurant serving contemporary, Italian cuisine.  Its interior design has a dynamic and bold feel while being sophisticated.  It features a double-void ceiling, cosy furniture, Venetian glass chandeliers and the warm colours of the Mediterranean Sea to pay homage to grand dining salons in Italy and represent the image of la dolce vita.  Piacere faces the Imperial Palace and offers a metropolitan city view set around Tokyo Station, which is especially dazzling at night, when the restaurant’s candle-lit room creates a dramatic atmosphere. The restaurant’s two wine cellars have over 400 selections of champagne and wine.  The main cellar has a ceiling height of 4.8 metres, while the other cellar stores only premier and vintage wines in beautiful wooden drawers.  Piacere has received Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” for four years in a row since 2011.


About Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

The 200-room Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo opened on 2 March 2009 as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first property in Japan.  The hotel occupies the 11 floors of the 37-floor, mixed-use Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building located adjacent and with direct access to Tokyo Station, which serves as the terminus of the Shinkansen bullet train network that extends nationwide, as well as the city’s railway hub that connects local train and subway lines with regional services.

The hotel’s dining facilities include Piacere, a signature Italian restaurant; Nadaman, which serves authentic Japanese kaiseki cuisine; and The Lobby Lounge.  CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La features ancient Chinese healing therapies and is the first CHI spa to open in Japan.  CHI offers six treatment rooms that are the largest self-contained spa suites in Tokyo.  Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo was selected “No. 1 among the 25 Luxury Hotels in the World” at TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award 2012 and bagged the spot at Institutional Investor’s World’s Best Hotels of 2013.


About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 90 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 37,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at