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Top 3 Tokyo Fine Dinning Establishments

Kozue
Kozue-Tokyo-007Located high, far above the fray on the 40th floor of the Park Hyatt, no other restaurant in Tokyo has such a setting. It opened its doors in 1994 and has booked ever since. Inside is a contemporary look with high ceilings and stylish tables and chairs. The menu features torafugupuffer fish in winter, ayu sweetfish in summer, matsutake mushrooms in autumn, and year­round shabu­shabu of marbled beef from premium wagyu cattle. Besure to book early and try to reserve a window seat. While you enjoy your meal, you can enjoy the view of the western hills and Mt. Fuji.

Park Hyatt Hotel, 3­7­1­2 Nishi­Shinjuku, Shinjuku­ku, +81 3 5323 3460

Aronia de Takazawa

aronia_de_takazawaChef Yoshiaki Takazawa’s bijou restaurant has long been one of Tokyo’s most intriguing restaurants. Aronia only sits two tables (maximum eight people) each evening. So it is no surprise it’s more talked about that visitited. Takazawa stands centre stage in a windowless room with sleek wood panelling and cooks. His wife Akiko serves the meal and explains in perfect English. Takazawa’s French­Japanese signature dishes include a ratatouille terrine, with vegetables layered into multicoloured cubes; carpenter’s salade niçoise, with sashimi tuna and tapenade sauce solidified in the shape of spanners and screws.

Sanyo Akasaka Bldg 2F, 3­5­2 Akasaka, Minato­ku, +81 3 3505 5052 aroniadetakazawa.com

Kyūbey

kIf you can splurge on only one Tokyo sushi experience, make it Kyūbey. Established in 1936, Kyūbey’s quality and presentation have attracted a celebrity following ever since. Kyūbey made headlines in 2009 when it bought at auction half of a single bluefin tuna that sold for a ¥9.63 million (and sold single cuts of toro from it for ¥2000). Try the kaiseki (course menu, lunch/dinner from ¥10,500/15,750), or have it served on pottery by famed artisan Kitaoji Rosanjin for ¥31,500.

7­6, Ginza 8­chome, Chuo­ku +81­3­3571­6523

http://www.kyubey.jp

Wordwide Ski Destinations for your next Holiday Vacation

With the ski season in full swing and the holidays right around the corner, why don’t you kill two birds with one stone, and head to one of our favorite ski destinations.

Aspen, Colorado
aspenWant to ski with the rich and famous? If yes, then Aspen is the place to be.After hosting the World Alpine Ski Championships in 1950, Aspen became one of the world’s most glamorous ski resorts, a reputation that continues today. Aspen is known for its steeps and its four mountains that are not linked. This Colorado ski resort accommodates all by featuring excellent terrain for all skier levels.


Cortina, Italy

CortinaThe ‘pearl of the Dolomites’ and a favourite gem among the jet set, Cortina d’Ampezzo’s ski resorts match any others in the Alps. the landscape characterised by 3,000 metre peaks such as Tofana, Cristallo and Marmolada, the highest in the Dolomites. Similar to Zermatt, Switzerland, life in Cortina revolves around a traffic-less street. One of the world’s first ski resort cities, Cortina is also Italy’s most stylish place to be. Not only does the area boast great skiing, but the town offers many shops, hotels and restaurants and a lively atmosphere both day and night.

Arlberg, Lech Zurs
ArlbergIn the Austrian Alpine region of Arlberg, Lech Zurs is considered one of the best ski resorts in the world. Frequented by the beautiful people and full of glamour, the ski resort is popular with royalty, which, once you know the place, makes perfect sense: marvelous slopes, a picture-postcard village and breath-taking scenery. Quality is guaranteed in the lifts, the hotels, and on the slopes.

 


Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
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Host of the world’s first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, Chamonix ranks among the elite of contenders for the title of “World’s Most Famous Ski Resort.” Located at the foot of Mont-Blanc, it’s the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest in Europe , at an amazing 15,771 feet. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc holds bragging rights for its vertical drop of 9,209 feet and for one of the world’s longest runs, Vallée Blanche, at 13.7 miles.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
whistlerOver the past decade, Whistler was consistently voted “Best North American Ski Resort” by North Americans. The Japanese repeatedly rank it as their favorite international destination. Food is key after partaking in the activities that really make Whistler legendary. Whistler quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the strongest contenders for the much disputed title of “World’s Greatest Ski Resort.” Whistler’s charming village offers everything snowboarders and skiers crave: cafes, international stores and over 100 restaurants that cater to all tastes including Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Thai.