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Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo Offers Enchanting Excursions - Partnership with Hoshino Resorts begins with “Hot Spring Harmony” in Hakone, Atami or Karuizawa

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Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo announces three new locations in its exclusive range of “Enchanting Excursions” for hotel guests. This offering is an exclusive collaboration with renowned ryokan specialist Hoshino Resorts and timed for the beautiful Autumn “koyo”, when Japan’s landscape comes alive in vibrant seasonal yellows and burning reds, the Fall foliage seemingly glowing around these idyllic resorts.

“Hot Spring Harmony” at KAI Hakone, KAI Atami or at Hoshino area in Karuizawa are part of the hotel’s one-day excursion programmes to provide authentic and luxurious retreats called “Express Explorations,” which are tailored for busy travellers seeking a half or full day experience of traditional Japanese culture, sightseeing and relaxation outside of Tokyo. Prices range from ¥20,000.

Hoshino Resorts have built a renowned reputation for developing traditional Japanese inns at Japan’s most sought-after and luxurious properties. Its ryokans are located in the country’s most beautiful sceneries, from northern Hokkaido to southern Okinawa. These serve as respites from the bustle of modern cities.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has chosen three Hoshino Resorts, including KAI Hakone in Hakone Yumoto, at Japan’s most popular mountain resort. A hot-spring inn and kaiseki (multi-course) dining specialist on the banks of the Sugumo River, KAI Hakone combines the atmosphere of a peaceful getaway with modern comforts.

Offering spectacular views of newly recognised UNESCO World Heritage cultural site Mount Fuji, Hakone is surrounded by the countryside and hosts the volcanic vents of Owakudani, famous for its kuro-tamago (black eggs). It can be reached by a remarkable mountain ropeway journey.

Guests can enjoy sightseeing based on their own interest, then visit KAI Hakone to relax in a tatami room wearing yukata (Japanese bathrobe) or samue (traditional Japanese clothing) and experience hot spring bathing at a half-outdoor natural bath. A kaiseki dinner comprising local delicacies from the ocean or mountains follows. After dinner, guests can expect to return to Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo around 11:00 p.m.

KAI Atami is located on a seaside resort on Izu Peninsula, which has been known for 1,200 years as one of the ‘Three Great Hot Springs.’ The secluded Hoshino Area in Karuizawa, where Hoshino Resorts’ flagship ryokan is located, is surrounded by stunning mountains and forest landscapes. See Appendix for suggested itineraries and more details on each.

Every destination is located about one hour by bullet train from Tokyo Station. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, offers an extension of its renowned Meet and Greet service – in which personal escorts guide guests door to door – to each of the “Express Explorations” destinations via Tokyo Station’s bullet train platforms, directly to each Hoshino Resort. This idyllic trip is perfect for vacationers or busy business travellers. Our concierge can also arrange additional sightseeing trips based on the guests’ preference.

Reservations can be made directly with Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo on (81 3) 6739 7878 or by sending an e-mail to reservations.slty@shangri-la.com.

For further information, please contact the hotel at (81 3) 6739 7888 or visit www.shangri-la.com.

Appendix 

ENCHANTING EXCURSIONS
EXPRESS EXPLORATIONS – One-day trips to evoke the exoticism of the Orient
Hakone Hot Spring Harmony – Suggested itinerary

8:26 - 9:00 a.m.      Tokyo Station – Odawara (Bullet Train Ride)
9:08 - 9:25 a.m.      Odawara Station – Hakone Yumoto Station (Hakone Tozan Train)
* 9:35 - 10:15 a.m.  Hakone Yumoto – Goura (Hakone Tozan Train)
*10:16 - 10:45 a.m. Goura – Owakudani (Hakone Mountain Ropeway Ride)
*10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Sightseeing at Owakudani’s volcanic vents
*11:30 a.m. - noon  Owakudani – Togendai-ko (Hakone Mountain Ropeway Ride)
*noon -                  lunch by Ashino Lake
1:10 – 1:40 p.m.      Togendai-ko – Hakonemachi-ko (Hakone/Mt. Fuji Sightseeing Boat Cruise)
*1:55 – 2:42 p.m.     Hakonemachi-ko – Hakone Yumoto Station (Bus)
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2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Sightseeing at the Onsen town of Hakone Yumoto
3:30 – 3:40 p.m. Hakone Yumoto station – KAI Hakone (Taxi)
3:45 - 5:30 p.m. Relax in a Tatami Room with Tea and Sweets / Bathe in Hot Springs
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Kaiseki Dinner
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Relax in KAI Hoshino Library Lounge
8:30 - 9:00 p.m. KAI Hakone – Odawara Station (Taxi)
9:11 - 9:47 p.m. Odawara Station – Tokyo Station (Bullet Train Ride)
       - 10:00p.m. Tokyo Station-Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo by Meet and Greet service

* Optional; not included in the price

1. Hot Spring Harmony – KAI Hakone 

A short distance from Hakone-Yumoto Station, KAI Hakone is a hot spring inn situated in a valley on the bank of Sugumo River.  Its rooms combine the atmosphere of a peaceful getaway with the latest in modern comfort.  Guests can luxuriate in its large riverside bath.  A highlight of its service is the classic KAI Hakone Kaiseki traditional cuisine featuring the hotel’s exclusive modern version of the ‘Meiji nabe’ beef bowl that originated in the region in the early days of the Western influence in Japan.

Aside from Hakone-Yumoto, Hot Springs is the most popular among the traditional ‘twenty hot springs’.  Clear water with temperatures ranging from 30 to 80 °C flows from the hot spring fountainhead.  It is commonly regarded as good for neuralgia, joint pain and chills.  One wall of the baths at KAI Hakone is open, creating an ‘indoor/outdoor’ bath with a view of the woods outside.

Sit back in the bath and soak up the natural beauty of Hakone.

Getting there: Meet and Greet service via the Shinkansen Kodama at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo's doorstep and the Hakone Tozan Railway for approximately 60 minutes.

Price starts at ¥36,500 and includes use of the Tatami Suite, bathing in a hot spring and kaiseki meal.

http://global.hoshinoresort.com/kai_hakone/
 
2. Hot Spring Harmony – KAI Atami 

Boasting 160 years of history and tradition, KAI Atami is only 45 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo, Atami.  Atami is located in the far eastern corner of Shizuoka Prefecture at the northern end of Izu Peninsula.  It has been known for 1,200 years as one of Japan’s ‘Three Great Hot Springs’.  The ‘Hot Spring Geisha’ is one of the traditions in Atami dance at KAI Atami every weekend.  Guests will enjoy seafood fresh from the ocean or French cuisine at the Annex Villa del Sol.

Getting there: Meet and Greet service via the Shinkansen Kodama at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo's doorstep for approximately 50 minutes.

Price starts at ¥46,000 and includes use of Kuma Kengo-designed outdoor bath, Tatami Suite, Kaiseki Dining or French Dining at Villa del Sol and Seikai Terrace.

http://global.hoshinoresort.com/kai_atami/ 

3. Hot Spring Harmony – Hoshino Area in Karuizawa 

Located in Nagano Prefecture and about one hour from Tokyo by bullet train, the Hoshino Area in Karuizawa is a secluded resort surrounded by mountains and forests.  Hoshino Resorts’ original eco tours offer unforgettable and exciting encounters with nature.  Guests will enjoy relaxing in Tombo-no-yu hot spring, exploring the Harunire Terrace, shopping and dining in the woods.

Getting there: Meet and Greet service via the Shinkansen Asama at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo's doorstep for approximately 67 minutes.

Price starts at ¥20,000 and includes Tombo-no-yu baths, Picchio’s eco tours and lunch.

http://www.hoshino-area.jp/english/ 

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 top 11 floors of the 37-floor Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building, with direct access to Tokyo Station, the terminus of the Shinkansen bullet train network. 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, the first CHI spa to open in Japan.

PRESS CONTACT:

Minako Hayata
Director of Communications
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
Tel: (81 3) 6739 7252
Fax: (81 3) 6739 7889
E-mail: minako.hayata@shangri-la.com
Website: www.shangri-la.com 

Hiroko Nakanishi
Assistant Communications Executive
Tel: (81 3) 6739 7253
Fax: (81 3) 6739 7889
E-mail: hiroko.nakanishi@shangri-la.com
Website: www.shangri-la.com 

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