June 5th, 2023

Park Hyatt Niseko launches partnership with Nikka Whiskey, Park Hyatt Kyoto celebrates the Gion Matsuri festival, and Park Hyatt Tokyo launches summer menus

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono, Japan’s premier mountain resort in Niseko, Hokkaido, has launched a partnership with Nikka Whisky, a distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, offering guests a peek into the art of Japanese whiskey making. The new, two-night package offered June 23-25 and July 7-9, will offer guests:

·         A Yoichi distillery tour

o    A private tour of Yoichi Distillery in Hokkaido to learn the fine art of Japanese whiskey making. The chief blender, Mr. Ozaki, will accompany the tour, and guests will have the chance to see private areas not open to the general public. The Yoichi Distillery is Nikka’s first distillery, built in 1934. The founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru, often referred to as the “Father of Japanese Whisky” chose the town of Yoichi in Hokkaido because of the similar environmental conditions to Scotland, where he learned whiskey-making.

·         An immersive Teppan dinner with specially curated whiskey pairing

o    The hotel’s signature restaurant will serve a lavish Teppan dinner featuring dishes carefully tailored to pair with the Nikka whiskies. Locally sourced Hokkaido delicacies such as sea urchin and Ezo abalone cooked by the Teppan chef at the counter paired with a refreshing highball made with NIKKA SESSION or a limited edition Miyagikyo whiskey with a peaty aroma. Along with the Hokkaido yellowtail dish with herb butter sauce, three different single malt Yoichi whiskies are planned to be provided to experience making a custom blend.

·         A special whiskey-themed Pierre Hermé Paris Afternoon Tea

·         A barbecue dinner made to savor Hokkaido’s finest ingredients with an open bar featuring a selection of Nikka Whisky products, with their chief blender, Mr. Ozaki, in attendance. A special barbecue will be set up in the Chapel Garden (weather permitting) for dinner.

·         A lunch at The Lounge

·         Daily breakfast


Happening in Kyoto…

The legendary Gion Matsuri festival, one of the most famous festivals in Japan, dating back to 1869 takes place in Kyoto in July. Park Hyatt Kyoto guests have preferred seating at some of the festival events, such as “Yoi-yama” street party event, the procession of mikoshi, etc. On-property highlights include a Japanese tea pairing at the exquisitely renovated Kyoyamato, a traditional Japanese restaurant run by a seventh-generation Kyoto family, complete with a Soyotei teahouse from the Edo era. Plus, a guided tour of the grounds led by a Shinto priest, and a seated Zazen meditation at nearby temples that are off-limits to the general public.


Happening in Tokyo…

Each of Park Hyatt Tokyo’s restaurants are offering special menus for summer.

·         Kozue, the traditional Japanese restaurant, will have a “Bounty of the Sea” menu from July 7-August 6 showcasing the freshest seafood caught in Hakodate, Hokkaido, transported by train, and plated on the same day.

·         New York Grill will offer Matsusaka beef and Australian black truffles. Matsusaka beef is known for its delicate marbling and buttery tenderness and has been carefully raised in Mie Prefecture for centuries.

·         Girandole’s French Riviera theme will be offered July 7-31 and include Provençal dishes such as bouillabaisse, Niçoise salad, and Pissaladière.



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