In Japan, one thing you can definitely look forward to is a bath. Relaxing while submerged in the bathtub of a huge public bath is supreme bliss. In Tokyo, there are many spa facilities where you can enjoy a bath like that as well as saunas, massages and meals. Now we will introduce 5 of these recommended spas.
1. Oedo-Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba)
Oedo-Onsen Monogatari boasts of being one of the largest-scale spa complexes in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The main attraction is the many kinds of baths which use all-natural spring water drawn from 1,400m underground. You can also enjoy food, massages, shopping and more. The defining trait of Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, when all is said and done, is that you can experience the essence of Japan. Inside, there are 7 different kinds of yukata available so you can choose your favorite pattern and once you put it on, you enter a reproduced townscape from traditional Japan. It almost feels like you’ve slipped back in time. There are restaurants where you can enjoy sushi and kakigoori as well as play target games in booths at the traditional Japanese festival referred to as “Ennichi.” If you venture outside, there is a Japanese garden stretching out over 700m and a 50m long footbath that you can walk along. You’ll be happy to know that both men and women can enjoy this together. Also, for those who what to relax to the fullest, there are lodging facilities available with single bed rooms (men only), guest rooms with open-air baths and more. Because it feels like you’re at a theme park, it's a place where you can take the whole family along.
2. Spa LaQua (Korakuen)
Although it’s in the city, Spa LaQua has the environment of a resort where you can enjoy natural hot springs. There are 4 kinds of baths, including an open-air bath, and the water from the hot spring has a higher content of sodium chloride which is said to be effective against stiff shoulders, sensitivity to cold, and aiding in recovery from fatigue. There are several types of saunas from low to high temperatures and among them, the medium-high temperature saunas “Olive” and “Ville de Stein” has a service called “roryu” that occurs several times a day and is quite popular. The heaters for these saunas have aroma oils added to the water that gives a nice fragrance to the steam while helping you sweat. You will get addicted to the refreshing feeling you get after sweating a lot! Apart from that, there are also several kinds of low temperature saunas known as “healing Bade” which are special features of Spa LaQua (separate entrance fee required). These differ based on the materials they use like yellow mud, geranium, and rock salt and you can slowly sweat in these rooms which are kept at a temperature between 40 - 50℃. Also, there is a relaxing lounge where you can take a nap, watch tv and even order food and drinks. You can pass the time relaxing comfortably on a sofa. It has a very refined and stylish atmosphere so it’s one of the spas that recommended for couples.
3. Adam and Eve (Nishi-Azabu)
Spa Adam and Eve is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It’s divided into the Adam spa exclusively for men and the Eve spa exclusively for women. In Adam, there’s a bath and dry steam sauna and lounge. In Eve, there’s a bath and dry steam sauna, stone sauna, and lounge. Both Adam and Eve come well-stocked with necessary toiletries and amenities so you can rest assured even if you don’t bring any supplies with you. Now the reason why Adam and Eve is so popular is its selection of exfoliation, massages, and cupping that are available for separate fees. In particular, the popular exfoliation selections have received tremendous patronage since its opening. It removes sebum and old skin allowing new skin to take its place and leaving you with beautiful, fresh skin. We also recommend cupping, where a cup with a vacuum inside is attached onto the skin and works to stimulate blood circulation as well as eliminate waste products from the skin. It’s popular as a way of relieving chronic fatigue, stiff shoulders and lower back pain. This is a must-go-to spa for those who would like to erase all the fatigue from their journey.
3. Adam and Eve (Nishi-Azabu)
4. Thermae-yu (Shinjuku)
Thermae-yu opened last year and gained immense success in the blink of an eye. Located in Shinjuku’s premier business area Kabukicho, the premises overflow with a liberating feeling where you can leisurely spend the time while in the center of the city. Their pride-and-joy open air bath is supplied everyday with fresh natural spring water called "Kamiyo no Yu" (the water of the age of the gods) from the Nakaizu Onsen in order to preserve its high quality. Nicknamed “bijin no yu" (beauty water), it’s known for giving people soft skin, so much so that some women want to stay in there forever. In addition to that, there are 6 other kinds of baths and 2 kinds of saunas which are all spacious so you can relax to your heart’s content. The stone sauna known as the Healing Terra (usage fee is separate from admission fee) as well as the mist sauna are immensely popular thanks to their high class environment that will make you want to stay there as long as possible. There are women-only facilities available like powder rooms which are equipped with amenities and necessities like straightening irons. Before you head out, you can go as far as doing your hair. You can stop by when you’re tired from your outings, or stop by to get ready before before you go out at this easily accessible rejuvenating spa.
4. Thermae-yu (Shinjuku)
5. Asakusa ROX Matsuri-yu (Asakusa)
Asakusa ROX Matsuri-yu is situated inside the commercial facility Asakusa ROX. The selling point of this spa is its open air bath that gives you a view of Tokyo Skytree! Including the open air bath which is embedded with natural jade and the tourmaline bath has the presence of natural negative ions, there are 11 different kinds of baths and 3 kinds of saunas that you can enjoy. The fees are separate from the entrance fee but there is also a wealth of body care and beauty treatments available. You can experience full-blown relaxation with traditional Thai healing, Taiwanese oil therapy, Indian head therapy, Korean beauty treatments, and more. There are also restaurants that serve Japanese-style food, Chinese food, sweets and more. Inside the dining hall, based on the day, there are rakugo performances or comedy shows taking place. There are also rooms where you can do karaoke so you can turn it into a party if you go with a large number of people. Drop by after sightseeing in Asakusa, as its the perfect spa for families and organizations.
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