1-6-12 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo, JP, 135-0021
- Phone: (81) 3 5639 9311
- Fax: (81) 3 5639 9160
Beauty & Spas
The Club on the Park is a two floor multi-facility for the body, mind and soul. The entire 45th floor is dedicated to the spa, with seven private treatment rooms, saunas, massage rooms and even a relaxation room equipped with a library. The facilities, however, are exclusively for hotel guests and Club on the Park members. The sunlight streaming in through the clear glass floor to ceiling windows and the gorgeous views of Mount Fuji come gratuite.
Time is precious in Tokyo and people don't lollygag- be it for food, drink, a quick smoke on the train platform or a haircut. Yes, you could go to a stylist and pay an exorbitant amount, or you can do what most salary men do: pop into one of the hundreds of QB (Quick Beauty) Houses peppering the city and be in and out like the wind. QB House is a no-frills barber-nouveau. Feed the automatic ticket dispenser, have a seat, tell them what you want, get cut, head-vacuumed, thanked, and you're on to your next appointment feeling freshly coiffed. Popular with businessmen, students and mothers, it's not strange to see elderly women getting their blue-tinted hair cut there as well! - Stephen Lebovits
Do Sports Plaza has the usual assortment of machines and free weights, a seven-lane, 25-meter pool, jacuzzi, massage pool and sauna. One thing Do Sports offers which most fitness centers do not have is squash courts. Something else that which comes highly recommended is the cold baths alternated with hot baths. Go from hot to cold, hot to cold--after a few soaks, you will feel relaxed and invigorated at the same time.
As you can imagine, a trendy hair salon in Harajuku is a nice mix of the cutting-edge and the bizarre. Yuya Nara, one of Tokyo's best known hair stylists, works here and he has a large celebrity clientele. You can buy quirky hair accessories here, including turbans and a range of wigs, and prices are decidedly reasonable. Be sure to make an appointment, particularly if you want to select a certain stylist. Closed on Tuesdays.
An upscale salon in the heart of Tokyo, Boudoir lives up to the decadence and privacy its name suggests. Covering a range of services from facials, manicures, and pedicures to waxing and eyelash and eyebrow tinting, all services are performed by friendly and English-speaking staff. Boudoir prides itself on its Western style, as it is fully foreign owned and operated. With high standards of hygiene and convenient hours, it is the perfect place to relax and be pampered.
For superstar nails, the women of Tokyo have been flocking to Dashing Diva ever since it opened in 2004. The luxurious decor, accented in shocking pink, conveys an atmosphere of femininity and fun - it's no surprise that the salon holds 'Girls' Night' events, where customers can get beautified and enjoy a cocktail. The Omotesando salon is absolutely huge, by industry standards - 330 square meters - and the variety of polishes and designs available is staggering. Call ahead for appointments.
If you're looking to be pampered and emerge on the other side with bedazzled nails, then Createur Reveal is the place to go. Manicures are an art form in Japan; rhinestones are embedded in polish, unbelievably intricate designs are painted on - the precision here is eye-opening. Once you get your nails done, you'll be unable to look away. Eriko Kurosaki is one of the best-known 'nailists' in the city so you know that with his staff, you're in good hands.
This spa offers a wholly unique experience; it combines techniques and products from Europe, Japan and China to produce the 'Ra Kan Wa' treatment. Their beauty products draw strongly upon the power of botanicals, and are unique to the salon. Lakanwa is a beautiful, relaxing space in the Omotesando Hills. There is also a space for men only.
This foreign-owned and operated hair salon, opened by two Australian women in 1997, specializes in cutting, color correction, wig styling and make-up. Befitting its name, Sinden is painted heart-stopping devil-red. The entrance harbors a curious collection of insects and spiders, but this is the place to come if you are an English-speaking woman in want of a good hairdresser.
Do not be fooled by the old-fashioned exterior of this four-story bathhouse in Ikejiro-Ohashi. This is a brand-new bathing complex. The smell of sulfur in the air attests to the natural hot springs. Oh Edo boasts a variety of baths: the peace bath, longevity bath, the indoor walking pools and resting pools, an outdoor bath, a whirlpool and a sauna.
With glass windows soaring to the ceiling and icy-blond Scandinavian tones, Kingdom Aoyama is glossy and sophisticated, just like their clients. The available treatments use cutting-edge technology, one of which is the Beckham Capsule: an all over body treatment that is designed to raise the levels of oxygen in your blood. A variety of cuts, perms and colors are also available. Be sure to make a reservation. Kingdom Aoyama is closed on Tuesdays and the third Monday of each month.
Reflexology and aromatherapy come together here beautifully in this popular shop, run by Mami Leavey. Leavey is one of the most skillful aromatherapists in the country and his techniques are extremely popular with locals, as are the reasonable prices. Also available are hand and foot massages, with an emphasis on improved circulation. Call ahead for an appointment; salon is closed on the first Tuesday of the month.