Palace Hotel Tokyo Toasts World Sake Day with an Exclusive Collaboration with Hakkaisan
August 17th, 2018
Palace Hotel Tokyo takes guests behind the scenes of one of Japan’s most renowned sake breweries
One of Tokyo’s most lauded hotels is raising a glass to the country’s national beverage this fall with ‘Brewing Tokyo,’ a stay package inspired by sake. In celebration of World Sake Day on October 1 and offered only during the autumn season, Palace Hotel Tokyo has concocted an array of experiences ideal for lovers of a good tipple, including sake-themed cocktails, a travel kit of beauty products infused with the Japanese rice wine, a private tour of the esteemed brewery and a Hakkaisan-inspired afternoon tea.
At the core of the offering is Hakkaisan’s 1-1-1 sake, brewed exclusively for the hotel and named after Palace Hotel Tokyo’s prestigious address at 1-1-1 Marunouchi. While in residence, guests can enjoy a tasting of two sake-based cocktails at Royal Bar, a legendary enclave helmed by a Diageo World Class bartender. The first, Usumomiji, is inspired by the autumn leaves of Mt. Hakkai, the setting of the premium brewery, and is made of an airy blend of 1-1-1 sake and plum wine (both produced by Hakkaisan) as well as cassis syrup. The second, Tsumugi or ‘spin’ in English, presents a creamy and refreshing mix of the signature sake, amazake (sweet sake), fresh cream and advocaat liqueur.
Guests are also invited to savor the limited-edition Hakkaisan afternoon tea presentation at The Palace Lounge (or in-room) as part of their sake-inspired getaway. To highlight the drink’s versatility, the autumn afternoon tea includes a number of treats infused with sake and amazake as well as some of the key ingredients used in the production of sake – such as a sake-flavored foie gras terrine, mozzarella bites pickled with miso made of sake kasu, amazake focaccia with salmon and prosciutto, koji-flavored roasted tea crème brulée and sake kasu-flavored scones – all artfully presented in an elegant, three-tiered jyubako lacquered box.
And though not ordinarily available for purchase, guests of ‘Brewing Tokyo’ will be gifted with a bottle of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s exclusively made 1-1-1 sake to take home in addition to the property’s original sake cake (infused with the Hakkaisan’s 1-1-1 junmai ginjo) and a Hakkaisan beauty kit containing a selection of travel-size hair and bath products inspired by the Japanese rice wine.
Those wishing to see how the brew is made can add on a privately guided daytrip to Hakkaisan’s brewery with a sake aficionado (additional fees apply). Situated in Niigata prefecture, a 90-minute trip by bullet train, Hakkaisan’s hometown of Uonuma is famous for its picturesque natural landscape, from snow-capped peaks to its spectacular fall foliage.
Guests of the hotel will not only be able to explore the vast estate on which the brewery is located and try local Japanese food at one of its eateries but also get to tour the brewery with access to areas otherwise not open to the public, along with a visit to its year-round snow cellar.
The one-night ‘Brewing Tokyo’ package is offered for stays between September 1 – November 30, 2018 – and available to book based on single or double occupancy (subject to availability).
Package rates start from JPY 98,400 for a Deluxe with Balcony Room, with the option to upgrade to a more spacious Executive Suite or the singular Chiyoda Suite, and are inclusive of daily breakfast for two at Grand Kitchen.
All suite bookings include Club Lounge access & privileges.
(Images credit Palace Hotel Tokyo)