Photo/IllutrationGuests enjoy cocktails while enjoying a planetarium show at Bar Planetaria in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. (Ryo Ikeda)

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For those wanting to beat the heat by flying to Hawaii and enjoying the dark night skies with a drink in hand, a planetarium in Tokyo's Yurakucho district has a cheaper and closer option.

Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo is offering Bar Planetaria on Friday nights, giving spectators the chance to drink cocktails and enjoy sweets while viewing the night skies of Hawaii.

“In the midst of hot days with high humidity, there are many people spending their time here as ‘a summer resort,’” said a planetarium official.

Night skies and landscapes of various lands are projected onto the dome-like theater, which is about 15 meters in diameter and about 9 meters at its highest.

There are tables and chairs, so more than 200 spectators can enjoy the starry skies while eating, drinking and talking. Hawaiian skies at night will be shown until the end of November.

A couple, both aged 22, said they enjoy looking at stars and were visiting the planetarium for the third time.

The fee is 2,000 yen ($18.80) per person with one drink free. Sweets and other treats can be ordered off the menu at Cafe Planetaria.

The screening is offered between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. One program runs for about 30 minutes.

Bar Planetaria will also be offered on Thursday nights starting from Sept. 5.

There are shows at two planetariums during the daytime, but those are for viewing only, with no drink service offered.