Relaxation made easy

09/29/2022

In the heart of Tokyo, on the topmost floor of a luxurious resort, sits a spa. The space is serene, contemporary and dark — an immediate contrast to the bright lights and bustling excitement of the city below. There is a stillness that permeates the air, a sense that this space is almost sacred. Nothing is rushed, no sound is too loud. The waters are warm and inviting, the air sweet with an invitation of stillness. This is the essence of the Japanese culture of relaxation.

Skyline Spa Experience
This particular spa is Hoshinoya Tokyo. Modern and luxurious, it invites guests to leave their aches and woes far below. Hot springs some 1,500 meters underground feed the spas’ two bath halls, which aside from their elevation have yet another interesting feature. Each bath hall connects to an outdoor bath — accessed by a cave-like tunnel. Perhaps best savored at night, once bathers wind their way through the tunnel to the outdoor bath they are presented with a roofless space that frames the sky’s immense beauty.

In addition to the relaxing nature of the saline-rich baths, Hoshinoya Tokyo has an entire relaxation therapy to ensure guests leave feeling completely refreshed. Oil treatments, massages, stretches and sessions tailored to each person’s individual health and beauty needs make every visit a custom experience. The spa is only accessible to guests of the ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, making this exquisite experience all the more serene. Hoshinoya Tokyo is situated in the heart of the city’s financial district, but even amongst imposing skyscrapers and glaring lights, it stands as a haven — perfectly balancing the beauty of traditional Japanese culture with its contemporary counterparts.

To learn more or make a reservation, visit Hoshinoya Tokyo.
1-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004
Dip Into Traditional Hot Springs

Without venturing outside the city it is possible to experience one of Japan’s rarest natural wonders — a hot spring. The warmth and wonder of a true, natural hot spring entice people from near and far to come and wash away the stress of life. The waters are known for their color, appearing almost olive green at times and always rich with natural minerals. Set amid a lush garden, this spa experience is a remarkably serene escape.

Maenohara Onsen Saya-No-Yudokoro, located in Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward, is a traditional onsen, or hot spring bath. Its location is unassuming, far from many of the expected Japanese tourism hotspots — so much so that it rarely makes appearances in guidebooks or on tours. This seclusion makes it an ideal place to unwind and steep yourself in a traditional hot spring. Saya-No-Yudokoro offers numerous styles of bathing experiences; including free-flowing hot springs, private, open air, pot-shaped, indoor and hot stone baths.

Enjoy intentional rest in a Japanese onsen, or hot spring

Yet another reason that Saya-No-Yudokoro stands out as one of the best spas in Tokyo is the water’s purity. Out of the city’s countless spas and onsens, this is the only hot spring bath that is truly natural — without any additives or filtration.

Soaking in various baths is not the only way to relax. Saunas, massages, aromatherapy and skin treatments are also available. Guests can also enjoy a meal of either freshly crafted seasonal cuisine or Saya-No-Yudokoro’s signature dish, Juwari Soba — delicate noodles made from Japanese buckwheat flour. The restaurant offers views of the garden, which is carefully maintained to offer year-round beauty.

To learn more or make a reservation, visit Maenohara Onsen Saya-No-Yudokoro.
3-41-1 Maenocho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 174-0063

Slip Into Elegant Serenity

Spas are expected to exude a certain sense of calm — to invite rest and help us rejuvenate. There are an elite few who do so with such skill as to receive international acclaim without losing focus on the individual visitor. Bespoke services are catered to each person’s overall wellness; turning each massage, acupuncture treatment or detox wrap into a personal oasis. 

Self-described as “a haven of calm,” The Peninsula Spa offers respite from the drudge of daily life. Elegantly appointed and artfully designed, visitors step through the door and into a bubble of serene beauty. The spa’s finishes effortlessly blend elements of traditional and contemporary Japanese design. Situated on the sixth floor of The Peninsula Tokyo hotel, the spa has its own pool with views of the city below and offers packages with light dining options. 

With massages and treatments that pull from Japanese, European and Ayurvedic practices, The Peninsula offers a wide array of wellness options. One such is the Zen Balancing treatment which draws from ancient Japanese healing techniques — including an incense ceremony, a foot bath with mountain salts and a targeted massage with jade stones. From slipping off shoes upon arrival to sipping tea following treatments, The Peninsula offers elegant serenity.

To learn more or make a reservation, visit The Peninsula Spa.
1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Personalized spa therapies are guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed

In-Flight Relaxation
Stepping into the joy of relaxation doesn’t have to wait until landing. ANA creates a hospitable, exceptional experience for all of its passengers — so you can enjoy the best of Japanese culture even while the seatbelt sign is on.

Experience true Japanese hospitality to and from your destination with All Nippon Airways

From Economy to First Class, passengers can begin their Japanese tourism with sake; in Economy Class, they can enjoy Tokyo’s Sawanoi Junmai Honjizake — sake crafted by Ozawa Shuzo. Its broad taste features a gentle scent reminiscent of white rice and rice flour and is best enjoyed alongside a meal. Taking great joy in sharing Japanese cuisine, ANA partners with prominent chefs to plan and execute premium cuisine for Business and First-Class passengers. Relax with a glass of wine thanks to ANA’s wine adviser Olivier Poussier, who was named Best Sommelier in the World in 2000. He supervised the creation of ANA’s own blended original wines, available to passengers throughout the cabin. Sit back in ANA’s Premium Economy seats, which offer extra comfort and functionality, and relax your way to and from your Japanese getaway.

Bathing as a Balm
Japanese tourism often entails grand excursions to stunning vistas and logging countless steps exploring a city. To spend a few hours, or even a full day, intentionally resting is more than a helpful remedy for aching feet. In Japanese culture, bathing is a balm for aches, both physical and mental. Quiet contemplation in a hot spring may end up being among the most meaningful moments of your stay. Relaxation is so much more than simply not doing something — it is an intentional stillness. A choice to cease movement, focus on breathing and settle into your surroundings.