Red wine spa in Hakone

At Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Yunessun red wine spa, Hakone, Japan

Credits: Xinhuanet (Chinese)

Box of apples sold for $12,000 USD in Iwate

A box of 28 premium Esashi apples was recently sold for a record one million yen (~US$12,000) in Iwate Prefecture.

Located in the city of Oshu, Esashi is known for its high quality agricultural products, especially for its rice and apples.

Credits: ANNnewsCH@YT & Yeinjee

Rent a 5-star hotel for 55 million yen per night

Mandarin Oriental TokyoThe Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, an upscale hotel in Tokyo central, is offering a package to rent the entire hotel for 55 million yen ($660,000) per day.

The luxury plan marks the hotel’s fifth anniversary and extends to November 2011. The package includes accommodation for all 178 rooms, including the 250-square-meter Presidential Suite, and a buffet-style reception for 500 people.

A hotel official said the price is “much less expensive” than renting the entire hotel at the usual rates, which would total about 70 million yen.

The hotel offered a similar rental plan in the past, but there were no takers.

Credit: Asahi News

Hello Kitty playing cards made of real gold

Sanrio is going to sell sets of Hello Kitty playing cards – measured at 58 x 89 mm and weighed 0.73 gram each – which are made of 99.99% pure gold.

Hello Kitty gold playing cards

The cards are priced at 567,000 yen ($4,900).