Hakone Hyatt Timeline: Hotel Dog Receives Therapy Certification

June 3rd, 2014

I don’t normally do Facebook, but the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa doesn’t do Twitter, and this is a nice human canine interest story regarding the hotel dog HARU (the only dog in the world on the Hyatt payroll)  So for this I make an exception:


“The day before yesterday (April 3rd), HARU passed the Japan Animal Therapy Association exam to become a licensed therapy dog. As a registered therapy dog, in additional to all that he does at the Hyatt Regency Hakone, we as a hotel would like to take HARU out to schools and nursing homes. We hope that spending time with HARU in his role as a therapy dog will open people’s hearts and bring about warm, healing feelings to those in need. Please continue to show your support for HARU. (certified by the Japan Animal THerapy Association, based in the city of Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, the largest animal therapy support organization in Japan)”

HARU was involved in a traffic accident when he was still a puppy, but it’s good to see that he’s still gone on to lead a happy, productive life.

If you are fortunate enough to meet him, please show HARU some love!

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Tokyo Hyatt Tweets: Special Kaiseki Dinner at Kakou

June 2nd, 2014

I have let the Park Hyatt Tokyo monopolize the tweet reporting around here, but the other hotels are busy as well. Here’s news that will please fans of the Hyatt Regency Tokyo’s Japanese restaurant Kakou:

“To commererate the five year anniversary of the hiring of chief Japanese chef Tadashi Fujii, the Japanese restaurant Kakou has prepared a special Kaiseki dinner starting June 1st. The menu will change monthly with ingredients delicately incorporated to complement the changing seasons. This special Kaiseki will be available until August 31st.”

I regret that I have yet to try this restaurant (I have been partial to the fabulous Chinese restaurant Jade Garden to this point), but I have heard rave reviews about the Japanese breakfast that they serve, so it is high on the list of the Hyatt Regency Tokyo restaurants that I wish to try.

This Kaiseki sounds good, any of recommendations out there?

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Tokyo Hyatt Tweets: New Art at Park Hyatt Tokyo

June 2nd, 2014

Though I have been to the Park Hyatt Tokyo many times, it was only on my last trip that I realized that the painting at the entrance to the library (just past the restaurants on the way to the lobby) changes every season.  The hotel itself saw fit to mention this in a tweet yesterday:

“As the start of June sees the embrace of sparkling sunlight, we have changed the art of the library to match the summer season.  We are happy to greet our visitors with this pictorial representation of  the gaiety of our anniversary.  We wish that you will have splendid days during the summer season.”

Just one of many little things to be on the lookout for during your next trip.

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Tokyo Hyatt Tweets: Look At Our Beautiful Pool!

May 30th, 2014

Here’s one that the Park Hyatt Tokyo should definitely have tweeted out in English:

During your stay, be sure to also experience the finest refreshment at our pool, floating in the sky in the Club on the Park on the 47th floor.  Please have a luxurious time experiencing such things as the freshness of the mid-day sun sparkling off the water surface, and the magical contrast the beautiful arc of light makes with the night sky during light up time in this extraordinary area.

I’m not sure that I’ve done that purple prose justice, but I’ve heard of people that have visited the Park Hyatt Tokyo dozens of times without ever actually going to see the pool.  And that’s a shame, because like the catch copy says, it really is a special, beautiful place, and I don’t consider any stay complete with seeing the pool at both daytime and nighttime.

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Tokyo Hyatt Tweets: New Ice Cream Coming to the Park Hyatt!

May 9th, 2014

All of the Hyatts in Japan are fairly active in social media, but they seem to be geared to the local market, and thus are mostly (or, in the case of the Hyatt Regency, exclusively) in Japanese.

As the main website is almost never updated with current events, the Twitter feeds are the best way to keep up with current events, from the major to the trivial.   The Park Hyatt usually leans more towards the trivial.  Here’s an example from this morning (all translation errors my own):

Good morning. Today is a cheerful day that makes us think of the start of summer, and is also known as “Ice Cream Day”. Once again the Pastry Boutique is preparing a new flavor of premium frozen sundae to sell this summer. Please look forward to it!

Apparently, ice cream was first sold in Japan 145 years ago on this day.  I did not know that!

So…was this post too trivial even for a blog dedicated to a handful of hotels, or this the kind of useless fluff you’d be interested in seeing here from time to time?

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