Japan is a wonderful country – there’s so much to visit and discover in every city, town, or even around every big train station. And while that is fascinating for the eyes, mind, and sometime palate, it certainly takes a toll on our bodies, especially if we’re not used to being on hour feet for over 7 hours a day.
That is why many foreigners are seeking out Japanese spas or beauty parlors where they can get a relaxing massage after a long day of visiting. And if the place you’re planning to visit this time is Osaka, nothing beats these five salons:
1. Relaxation Spa Velours
If a luxurious experience is what you’re looking for, Relaxation Spa Velour is the place for you. This salon offers a wide variety of options – from long and relaxing sessions of aromatherapy massage to calming head pressure point massages.
The 120-minute full-body aromatherapy course costs ¥19,200. They also offer a ‘dry massage’, which uses no oils, and is perfect for people who don’t have enough time to shower and relax after a complete aromatherapy course. As a bonus, you can also get Brazilian waxing and facials at Relaxation Spa Velours.
Name: Relaxation Spa Velours
Address: 8F Kitashinchi Bldg., 1-3-19 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 530-0002, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11am-5am
Phone number: +81 6-6147-2914
Official website: http://spa-velours.com/
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2. Natural Garden (Namba City)
Natural Garden is a Japanese chain of spa salons. They have branches in most big cities in Japan, and Osaka is not an exception. This particular branch is located in the Namba City shopping mall, which is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Osaka. Might be a good idea to pop into Natural Garden after an intense session of shopping, especially since they offer a great range of full-body massages, aromatherapy, quick massages, and facials, starting at only ¥1,080.
Name: Natural Garden
Address:B1 Namba City, 5-1-60, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0076, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10am-9pm
Phone number: +81 6-6644-2517
Official website: http://natural-garden.jp/
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3. The Day Spa Osaka
For those of you who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure they get the best spa experience possible, The Day Spa is a perfect choice. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but certainly worth it if you’re looking for a truly enlightening experience. They use luxurious in-house brand products, international massage techniques, and superb decor to make your experience unforgettable. Their massage menu includes energizing full-body courses, Ki-balancing massage, and local pressure point massage. The courses range between ¥9,000 and ¥20,000.
Name: The Day Spa Osaka
Address: 2F Kitahama TDS Bldg., 1-8-14, Hiranomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 541-0046, Japan Prefecture
Business hour: Every day, 11am-8pm
Phone number: +81 6-6227-8085
Official website: http://www.thedayspa.jp/
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4. Spa No 1
Spa No 1 is actually a Korean-style sauna, but they also offer a range of massage courses and other beauty treatments. However, they are a ladies-only salon, so gentlemen might have to look for a different place. They specialize in different Asian massage techniques, including hot stone massage, steamed mugwort massage (the essential oils make this one especially good for relaxing muscles), and Momi Hogushi massage, which aims to relieve muscle tension. Courses here range from ¥2,000 to ¥18,500.
Name: Spa No 1
Address: Mimatsu Bldg. B1F, 2-3 Soemoncho, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0084, Japan
Business hour: 24 hours a day
Phone number: +81 6-6227-8085
Official website: http://spano1.jacklist.jp/
5. Body design AMI
Body Design AMI has trained staff members who are ready to give you a full consultation on which course is best for your condition and body type. Their salon aims to help people relieve both physical and mental stress, as well as balance out the Ki (energy) of the body. Their massage menu is pretty varied – they do Bali-style aromatherapy, alternative nerve stimulation, lymphatic massage, and cupping. The prices at Body Design AMI range from around ¥2000 to ¥20,000.
Name: Body Design Ami
Address: Grand Maison Nishi Shinsaibashi, 4-10-20, Minamisenba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0081, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11am-11pm
Phone number: +81 6-7710-5633
Official website: http://bodydesign-ami.com/
As one of the five biggest cities in all of Japan, Osaka is full of places you can pop in for an invigorating massage. However, we strongly recommend doing your research in advance, and refraining from popping into the first ‘Hot Massage Room’ you see advertised somewhere on Dotonbori. Needless to say, those places are not exactly beauty parlors. So why not try one of our recommendations above instead?
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