Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai
3-33 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Phone: (81) 45 650-4711
Fax: (81) 45 650-4712
Beauty & Spas
Dep is a member of the Kenje Group of beauty salons that have branches all over the Kanto region. Conveniently located just in front of the west exit of Yokohama station, it offers a full range of beauty services, including shampoo, cut and perm, as well as makeup and nail treatment.
UNIX is one of the most progressive hair and makeup studio in a country. Indeed, many people believe that it is leading the way in hair fashions. As well as catering to all the conventional hair styling, UNIX features its own unique "five hair style images." These are natural, sweet, mannish, wild and femininity, and it offers consultation on the makeup fashion to suit each style. This shop is brand new and very spacious, with the auto shampoo and coloring room alone measuring 462 square meters. UNIX also sells a wide range of hair care and beauty products.
Asahi-yu is the perfect modern public bathhouse. It is clean, spacious and cheap. Asahi-yu has three comfortable public hot pools, each with a variation on the jacuzzi. There is a mural of an Italian lake on the back wall of the men's bath. If your heart can stand it, take a plunge in the cold bath. There is also an outdoor bath set in a rocky 'cave' and scented with a different herb each day. Try the massage chair after your bath.
Masunoyu is a sento, or public bathhouse, fed by natural hot spring. The water is dark-brown, and comes from a natural spring five hundred feet underground. Masunoyu is the only bathhouse advertised on NHK TV in Tokyo, and photos of Japanese actors adorn the walls, so you may get to bathe with some of Japan's celebrities. The bath area itself is spacious. The temperature of the bath is quite hot, but soothing once one adjusts.
Taiyousen ("hot-spring the sun"), is a traditional neighborhood sento. Upon entry, take off your shoes and put on the sandals provided. Go to the dressing room, change and then pay at the raised bandai, which is used to manage the baths. Usually the attendant is an old woman who collects fees while also acting as a "lifeguard." The dressing rooms, shower rooms and public baths are spacious. The walls are adorned with a mural of a European landscape. Use of the sauna is free, and there are sofas in the lobby for lounging.
Sanga-no-yu is a trendy health club with a wonderful hot spring. Both men's and women's indoor public baths and an outdoor, open-air bath are available. The thermal water is classified as sodium chloride, used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, infertility and surface wounds. It also speeds recovery from operations. The coffee-colored water in the main bath leaves a brownish stain on the towels. There is also a warm-water swimming pool with a big-screen TV poolside. The admission charge is JPY2,300, including bathrobe, face towel and bath towel. Swimming suits can be rented.
Only in Tokyo could you find a hot-spring theme park, and why not? Hot springs, traditionally believed to have healing and restorative properties, are older than Japan itself—so why shouldn't everyone have access to them, for a fee of course. Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari to the rescue! Located in Daiba, this establishment is open almost all night, catering to anyone and everyone. Entry entitles you to a yukata of your choice, a private locker and access to a variety of baths and massages. Or you can quaff a cold one while meandering around the Edo-themed food court where you can also buy some souvenirs. Sounds cheesy, but really it's fun and easy. Just go!
Kakimoto Arms in the Roppongi Hills is part of a chain that is extremely popular with Japan's young painfully fashion conscious set. It's much more than a hair salon - it's a place to get an elaborate manicure, or a relaxing 'head spa' treatment; it's a great place to relax alone, or get pampered with friends.
Hiroki Miyamura, celebrity hair-stylist du jour, makes the rather lofty promise that he can make any woman look like a 'beautiful star'. As women continue to flock to him, you have to take him at his word. The salon itself, is something of a creative masterpiece - the ceiling is adorned with hundreds of curls, made from plastic-laminated wood-pulp paper. Nail treatments are also available.
Open since 1986, this salon provides a full range of services for nails, including manicure, pedicure, sculptured nails and nail art in a relaxing atmosphere. It offers five different manicure menus.
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.
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.