As one the world’s largest urban areas, Tokyo can be described as one word: chaotic. With the hustle and bustle of the growing city, Tokyo prides themselves on their colors, crowds, fashion, foods, and rich culture. In the middle of these tangled streets and sprawling city, it’s hard to believe that you could find a moment of peace and relaxation. However, Japan is home to some of the most luxurious and expensive spas in the world. After all, a city that works hard deserves to relax hard too.
The Japanese culture is rich with history, and thankfully much of Japan has held on to their roots. Ultimately, this is what sets them apart from other luxurious spa and wellness options around the globe. With ancient Japanese traditions and techniques, these spas are a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience relaxation and tranquility like never before. From wellness spas taking up space in the most exclusive hotels, with a staggering view I might add, to traditional Japanese onsen spas, Tokyo is the ultimate destination for anyone seeking full rejuvenation.
The Peninsula Spa
Starting with Tokyo’s prized possession, The Peninsula Spa. The Peninsula Spa offers guests a unique advantage and ultimate escape from the city. Strategically placed overlooking the Imperial Gardens, guests can truly experience a Zen relaxation with a view of the impeccable gardens first designed in 1888 (1).
The Peninsula Spa is the ultimate haven of relaxation. This Forbes Five Star Rated Spa invites guests to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit by indulging in Oriental, Ayurvedic, and European inspired treatments, with ancient Japanese relaxation traditions at their core. They transport you into tranquility with their calm interior design, soft, dim lighting, and comfortable furniture. Each room is carefully decorated to capture the Japanese traditions and include Japanese yukimi shoji screens, lavish greenery and decorations, and luxurious massage beds in the center.
Each room is fully of incredible amenities guests can take advantage of including adjustable heated beds, private showers, thermal suite and aromatic steam room, as well as a dry sauna and lifestyle showers shared by guests. They spa also includes a shaved ice fountain to complete your spa journey, leaving you awake and refreshed after your relaxing oasis getaway.
The Peninsula’s Spa menu includes tons of wellness services including Zen-Balancing, Chi-Healing, a long list of unique facial options, body wraps, maternity massages for expecting mothers, and deep tissue massages rooted in ancient Japanese traditions. They also offer all their products for purchase in case you would like to continue wellness treatments at home.
The Shimizu-yu Onsen is the ultimate way to experience ancient Japanese luxury. This little oasis escape, located in the heart of Tokyo, is a brilliant getaway from the busy city life without having to go too far out of the city. Onsen, which is translated to “hot spring” in English, starts your journey through a grand Japanese entrance full of greenery, traditional architecture, and soft lighting. Once inside, you will check your shoes and belongings at the store and stored in a locker. From there, you will be lead to the hot springs or baths throughout Shimizu-yu Onsen.
The baths are extravagant to say the least, with marble walls, extraordinary views (yet still there is much privacy) and gold hued baths. In line with Japanese tradition, the baths are full of iodine rich waters and minerals to nourish, soften, and restore the glow of your skin. The water from the bath houses comes from a geographical formation that is said to be over a million years old, and in our opinion, the ultimate way to immerse yourself into the culture of Tokyo. They are also the only spa in Tokyo that provides black water springs used to promote skin softening and moisturizing.
In addition to this, they also greet guests with some light snacks including an onsen tamago, which is an egg cooked in the hot springs, and a cup of diluted apple vinegar, a long standing tradition and ancient beauty secret. Apple vinegar also promotes healthy skin from the inside, helping to rebalance your pH levels and leave your skin feeling soft all over. These carefully picked treats along with the ancient Golden and Black baths, is not only the peak of luxury, but one of the finest Japanese spa experiences in the world.
The Spa, Mandarin Oriental
Last but not least is the spa in the sky, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, the most expensive Japanese spa in the world (2). The Mandarin Oriental is a magnificent hotel located in the heart of Tokyo, an award winning, five star luxury hotel that offers world class accommodations, fine dining experience, and of course, an incredible spa and wellness facility. Located on the 37th floor of the Mandarin Hotel, The Spa offers a view unlike any other. In fact, it is the venues top selling point, and the reason it attracts to many eager visitors. Sitting high above the crowds of Tokyo, The Spa offers a panorama view with large ceiling to floor wrap around windows and even more impressive views of the sunrise and sunset.
The Spa aims to treat and heal the mind, body, and spirit and do so in a unique way. This philosophy is the cornerstone of the Mandarin Oriental Spa and aims to go above and beyond your typical spa experience. With a years of knowledge and training, they’ve worked to offer a holistic approach and the ultimate healing environment. One of the ways they do this is through what they call Time Rituals. When guests sign up for a relaxation getaway at The Spa, they enter the time they would like to come in and answer a few questions from expert therapists onsite. These therapists then work with The Spa staff to create a unique and highly personalized spa experience for you. They also put a high importance on Digital Wellness Escape. They know how much guests desperately need to get away from technology, even if they may not realize it themselves, and work to support guests in this by asking you put away all technological devices upon arrival, and even leave you with simple activities you can do from home to continue your Digital Wellness Escape.
The Spa is the ultimate mind, body, and spirit getaway. Their programs have been carefully evaluated and tailored to meet your needs. The work to not only give you the full body rejuvenation, but help you create a sense of mindfulness and peace that you can take out into the world once you are done. This spa truly goes above and beyond and is considered Japans most expensive and luxurious spa option in the world.