The Japanese Ashiyu, or Japanese foot bath, is exactly what it says on the tin – a bathing experience specifically for your feet. Ashiyu comes from the Japanese words ‘Ashi’ meaning ‘foot’ and ‘yu’ meaning ‘hot water’. They are traditionally located in natural hot springs all over the country of Japan. With some of them being made with hot tub like spots for better convenience, in residential areas such as peoples’ homes, or in hotels, or even in transport stations for busy working people. The Ashiyu is widely regarded as an ancient and wonderful thing by native Japanese people, and travellers alike. So, today we are going to take you on a trip around the best Ashiyu, or foot bath, cafe’s in the bustling brilliant city of Tokyo, Japan’s capital.
This store in Shinjuku is situated in the RiRAKU. It is the simplest, and often busiest, of all the Ashiyu we will be discussing today, partly because of its convenient location, but partly because of the simplicity of it. You go in and pay for a personal foot bath, do it, and then leave, simple. Or you could sit at the communal one, at the bar-type area, and sip tea whilst you are experiencing your foot bath, and then pay and leave as simply as before. The staff are very nice and offer easy access for English-speaking people. For people trying out Ashiyu for the first ever, this one might be for you.
Name: Hogushiya-honpo RiRAKU
Address: 160 – 0021, 22 East Building, 1 – 5 – 4 Kabukicho Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Phone Number: +81 3-6233-7748
Official Website: http://hogushiyahonpo-riraku.jp/store-shinjuku
Mominoki house looks like a traditional quiet cozy place, but it has a world-class chef offering the best food for you whilst you acquaint yourself with the beautiful surroundings, and all whilst having a foot bath. This chef takes particular care to make his food look amazing, as well as taste amazing, so don’t be surprised if you feel the need to take a photograph of the food you end up ordering here. The homely and traditional atmosphere in this place will make you feel like you are in a family home, and staff here will make you feel like you are part of their family, and guarantee that you will leave happier than when you arrived, and certainly more refreshed from your foot bath and jaw-dropping food.
Name: Mominoki House
Address: 150-0043, 7F~8F Dougnzaka-CRASTOS bldg. 2-28-3 Dougnzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Hours: 11:00 AM – 05:00 AM
Phone Number: +81 3-5456-5546
Hoguresuto is probably the kind of experience people think of when they hear the word ‘Ashiyu’. It has some of the most traditional looking decor, with communal foot baths that are dimly lit, looking very relaxing and almost meditative. There is even reading material here for the visitors to read when sitting in the baths. The staff in this place are amazing, and offer you information about the many health benefits of spending around 60 minutes in the foot bath, from helping your circulation to even helping your liver.
Address: 110-0016, 3F T & T Okachimachi Building, 4-8-5 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Phone Number: +81-3-6803-2971
Takaosanfumotoya is, as you may have guessed from the name, a spot near the fabulous mountain Mt. Takao. Can you think of a better place to enjoy a foot bath than at the bottom of one of Japan’s most beautiful mountains? I certainly can’t. Not only is this place brilliant for a foot bath, but you can also enjoy some amazing Italian food. We are talking awesome pasta dishes, and amazingly authentic pizzas, and not forgetting traditional Italian ice cream. With this particular location, it is only natural that there are many visitors. If that isn’t enough, you could always stop off very close by and visit one of the two museums in the area. The Takao Trick art museum, or the Takao 599 museum. This could make for a great day out, ending in a relaxing Ashiyu.
Address: 2241 Takaomachi Hachioji Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Phone Number: +81-42-667-7568
So, there you have it, six of the best spots in the capital of Japan, Tokyo. These spots have everything you could possibly want from a foot bath. From the more stylish and fancy, to the more basic free spots, there is something for everyone. There is a great deal of history and heritage that comes with Ashiyu, and it has been used for centuries by people all over Japan, as well as a lot of visitors travelling around Japan more recently, visiting these places to get some well-needed rest, and a boost of well being thrown in for good measure. And, especially in Japan’s busiest city, Tokyo. So, whether you are just trying out some Japanese culture, or you are a veteran of these foot baths, you will not be disappointed with what Tokyo has to offer.
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