After spending hours exploring Tokyo and seeing what it has to offer, your shoulders and back will probably ache a bit. Luckily, Tokyo has a variety of massage parlors to choose from, and all of them will make your body feel young and limber again.
Japan has a long and rich history of massaging. Around 3,000 years ago, massage therapy was brought to Japan from China, so they have plenty of experience to work with and make you feel great. When you get a massage in Japan, you’re in the right hands, pun not intended. Not only do they have techniques from ancient China, but they bring other countries in like Thailand and even the UK.
Of course, you can’t visit every single massage parlor Tokyo has to offer, so we’re going to help you by recommending to you some of the best massage parlors the city has to offer. That way, it’ll make your options a bit easier. These are some of the highest rated massage parlors in the city, and they’re worth checking out if you’re in Tokyo or are planning to visit.
1.ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage
ERAWAN offers Thai massages. These massages have an unclear history, but they were believed to be created by Buddha’s physician, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, and it eventually made it to Thailand. The massage is believed to help your life energy flow faster, and this will make you heal faster. It’s a much more stimulating massage system than most, and it can involve compression of your muscles and acupressure. It can take around two hours to complete, and you’re seated on a mattress as you do it. The massage itself felt quite amazing, and it kept me relaxed, yet filled me with energy.
ERAWAN offers more than just a Thai massage, though. They also offer oil massages, where they’ll relieve your stress through various essential oils. For knots that need a little more than two hands, EAWAN even offers a massage from two people. Also offered are reflexology and steam herb massages. Reflexology involves the simulation of your feet, which is believed to stimulate other parts of your body, and steam herb involves compresses infused with healing herbs.
There is quite the variety to choose from, so if you’re in Tokyo for a long time, you’ll probably find yourself returning just to check out what they have to offer.
Name: ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage
Address: Roppongi Daiya Heights 4F (412) ,7-15-13, Roppongi , Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan
Bussines hour: 12:00-24:00
Phone number: (81)3-3746-1399
Price: For a normal massage: 60 min.￥6,000, 90 min.￥9,000, 120 min.￥12,000
Official website: http://www.erawan.jp/
2.Nagomin Massage Hanzomon
A Massage therapist giving a massage to a client.
Nagomin is the massage parlor for the busy person. To get a chance, you need to make a reservation, and once you visit, they will help you every step of the way. For example, they are courteous enough to provide your own clothes so you don’t have to bring any to change. Also, they will counsel you to see what kind of massage works best for you. Their massages are specifically tailored to whatever problems you may be facing, and they’ll alter their massage depending on your needs, which is a nice touch. Not all massages will fit everyone.
The website also offers a bunch of deals, including coupons, so make sure you visit it and see if you can get a deal. For example, you can get an hourlong massage for 2800 yen, which is around $25 USD. They even offer a variety of massage times. If you’re in a hurry, or just want to test the waters, you can get a massage for 15 minutes. If you enjoy the massage and have time to kill, you can get one for two hours. As usual, they offer a variety of other services as well, including oil massages, foot massages, and even head massages.
It’s a great massage parlor, and the experience was wonderful. Whether you’re in a hurry, or want to relax, you can’t go wrong with Nagominn.
Address:2F, 2-17, Hayabusacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0092, Japan
Business hour: Mon.-Sat. 10:00~22:00 / Sun. & Holiday 10:00~21:00
Phone number: (+81)3-5213-4799
Official Website: http://www.nagominn.com/
3.Ariran Relaxation Roppongi
If you think quality and affordability are mutually exclusive, you have not visited Ariran. From the home page of the site, they offer various deals, including a 30 minute massage for just 1500 yen, or around $13 USD. They offer three kinds of massages, and you can adjust depending on your preferred intensity.
First, they have the British style. This massage is great if you’re new to the massage world, as it’s less painful and more relaxing. Then, there’s the Taiwanese style, which is the most popular of the bunch. It’s a foot massage that helps improve your circulation and reduces your stress. Then there’s the Chinese style. This is recommended for the hardcore massage enthusiasts, and has been a way of healing in China for 4,000 years. It’s probably not for a beginner, because it’s a little more painful. To quote the website when translated, “It hurts, but it works.”
The massage process is quite a breeze, though. You make a reservation and you begin by getting a nice foot bath. You then get the massage, and instruct the therapist as it happens. Afterwards, you get a nice hot towel to make you circulate even more, and you’re done! It was quite the pleasant experience, and I think you’ll like it too!
Name:Ariran Relaxation Roppongi
Address: RoppongiISO Bld.7F, 4-9-5, Roppongi , Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan
Business hour:11:00~6:00(next day)
Phone number: (+81)3-6447-0422
Official website: http://ariran.jp/
If you’re looking for a good massage for cheap, just Goo-It! This massage parlor has some of the best trained masseuses in the country, giving you an hourlong massage for 2980 yen, or around $26 USD, and they guarantee you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the day once they’re done. They can loosen up your body without pain and instead make you feel amazing, and what helps this is the smell. They fill their parlor with an aroma that will make your body melt and keep your senses stimulated throughout.
When I visited, I felt limber right away. The parlor manages to be quality, yet affordable, because they get rid of unnecessary costs. Unfortunately, one of those costs involves credit cards, so you can only pay through cash. Make sure you have some before visiting the parlor. Also, they do not accept pregnant women, so know that if you’re pregnant.
Address: 2-10-12, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043, Japan
Business hour: Mon.-Fri. 10:00〜23:00/Sat. , Sun. & Holiday 11:00～23:00
Phone number: (+81)3-6416-4487
Official website: https://www.gooit.jp/
Since 2013, Relaxation Marume has been providing massages that are truly relaxing. The parlor says that they combine the best elements of all the countries’ massages and put them as their own, and it does show. Relaxation Marume was quite an experience, and one I’d recommend to anyone new to Tokyo.
Relaxation Marume is also purely based on your preference. They will touch your body and figure out what muscles need loosening more than others, and they will communicate with you to make sure the massage goes as well as possible. They offer sessions of various lengths, from one hour to three, and their pricing is a bit more expensive than other parlors mentioned. An hourlong massage will cost 7,900 yen, or about $70 USD, but it’s worth it. If you’re looking for a different experience, check it out.
Name: Relaxation Marume
Address: Takabaya Bld.4F, 2-16-3, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043, Japan
Business hour: 12:00~3:00(next day) /Closed third Wed.
Phone number: (+81)3-3464-1303
Official website: https://www.relaxation-marume.com/
Mana Spa will indeed restore your mana, and it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for a full package. Their services include oil massages, micro bubble baths, and lava baths. Micro bubble baths involve extremely small bubbles that will clear your pores and leave your skin feeling baby soft. With lava baths, they thankfully don’t dunk you in molten lava, but instead give you a detox via molten rock. They do have quite the variety, and it’s one of those places where you could spend a good deal of time at and still not experience everything they have to offer. Give them a try, and you may find yourself coming back again and again.
Address: MARKUS BLDG. B1,3-10-17, Akasaka , Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
Business hours: 12:00~6:00(next day)
Official website: http://manaspa.co.jp/
As you can see, Tokyo has plenty of options to choose from when it comes to picking the massage parlor that works best for you. Japan has a variety of techniques that come from countries all over Asia, and you can try them all and see what works best for you. Whether you need a foot massage, a back massage, or want to be more adventurous and try an oil massage, these places have you covered.
Some tips for having the best experience:
Make sure to have a reservation beforehand. While some massage parlors offer walk-in appointments, you may have to wait a while. Reserving through the phone or online allows you a guaranteed spot and means you won’t be waiting longer than you have to.
Talk with your masseuse about your needs. Many of these parlors are dependent on feedback from the customer, so be sure to talk to them about where you need a massage, what type of massage you want, and mention if anything needs improvement.
Bring cash if needed. Not all places accept card, and having some money handy will prevent an unneeded trip to the ATM.
Finally, have fun and relax! You’re there to loosen up, so make the experience as painless as possible. You’re supposed to reduce your stress; not make the stress even worse than it already is.
If you’re in Tokyo, or are planning a trip there, check these places out after a long day. Your body will thank you for it later, and you’ll be able to continue your adventure in the city with more energy than you know what to do with!
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