Comfort Hotel Nara
Phone: (81) 742 25 3211
Fax: (81) 742 25 3212
321-3 Sanjo-cho, Nara, JP, 630-8244
- Phone: (81) 742 25 3211
- Fax: (81) 742 25 3212
Beauty & Spas
Part of the Hyatt Regency Kyoto, 'Riraku Spa' is a simple and tranquil retreat. Focus is on achieving complete relaxation of body and soul. Avail of the traditional shiastu massage, which is good for your health. Acupressure therapy combined with the aromatic oils improve circulation. Riraku treatment cleanses your skin with an apricot scrub and the deep strokes of the masseurs, truly rejuvenate you. Soak up the zest and energy the spa has to offer and get set for the day. The fitness center opens early.
Hakusan-yu is a neighborhood bath where you can get a relaxing bath plus a peek at Japanese family life that few foreigners have seen or experienced. Hakusan-yu is a large old bathhouse with men and women's indoor baths, a heated waterfall for a natural, pounding water massage, an electric bath, and a spacious, landscaped outdoor bath. Come in the evening to casually soak with folks of all ages.
Ofuku Onsen is a small hot spring situated in a basin near the Furuya River. The only things to do other than bathing are visiting the nearby Shuhodo limestone caves or the sunny, Akiyoshidai wildflower fields. Guestrooms at cozy Fukuya Ryokan are Japanese-style and offer separate bathing facilities for men and women. Indoor baths are in wooden bathhouses with large rectangular wooden tubs. Outside baths are rock-lined. The water is classified as radioactive simple thermal and is heated to correct bathing temperature. The water is used to treat hardening of the arteries, lazy blood, stiff joints, neuralgia, diabetes, and gout.
This is a recently refurbished, modern and very clean sports club in the northwest of the city. Facilities include a well-equipped gym, a studio and a 25 meter pool (82 feet), jacuzzi and saunas. Membership is JPY9,000 per month or JPY3,000 on the day with no extra costs. The fee includes all lessons offered by the fully trained and friendly teaching staff. These include yoga, aqua-arobics, aerobics, dance, fitness boxing as well as weight training. Membership can be held for a JPY1,000 a month fee if you are going to be out of the country for a spell.
Soak in the atmosphere at recently refurbished Funaoka Onsen (actually a public bathhouse rather than a hot spring). Funaoka Onsen still retains many of the original Taisho era features from when it first opened its doors in 1922, including carved screens showing Japanese military advances in old czarist Russia. There is a choice of baths and even an outdoor tub and small rock garden.
Should you be strolling along the banks of the River Kamo and suddenly feel like it is time for a new hair style, then Life could be the place for you. Largely catering to women, you can get a cut for JPY4,000, blow waves are JPY2,800, permanent waves from JPY4,000, color for the same price and treatment from JPY2,500, in this small but comfortable salon. One good feature of this shop is that you usually do not require a reservation, apart from the usual pre-holiday rush periods.
Daikokuyu, situated on the tracks of the Eizan Line just south of Shugakuin station and Speakeasy, is one of the city's most pleasant and cosmopolitan bathhouses or sentoin the city. This is due to the large number of foreigners who use the bathhouse from the nearby Kyoto University International dormitory. The friendly owner and his family keep a sento to be proud of as the large, clean premises contain two saunas, a cold plunge, an electric bath (not for the faint-hearted), a herb-bath and a large Jacuzzi. This is also definitely a community bathhouse with devoted regulars seemingly never missing a night.
One of the oldest spa resorts of Japan, the Arima Onsen Spa offers mineral rich water said to offer healing benefits. The Kin no Yu uses natural ingredients that acts as medicinal cures to various skin and other ailments. The unisex spring bath is said to heal various skin and digestive ailments. Go get yourself to the rejuvenating waters and experience greater health benefits, as the Japanese believe. Call ahead for further information.