An intimate spa in the heart of Tokyo
2 Treatment Rooms
Tokyo’s energy-charged, dynamic pace can be exhilarating yet also exhausting, making Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi a perfect urban retreat.
Surprisingly small by Tokyo standards, with only 57 rooms that give it an intimacy not usually found in the capital, the hotel has one of the city’s best locations but is buffered from the outside world with triple-glazed glass and a soothing, ultra-contemporary design of neutral colors. The hotel’s diminutive size and restorative atmosphere carry over into its spa and health facilities, where those in search of rejuvenation can work out in the 24-hour fitness center, slip into the onsen (hot spring) baths, and unwind in one of two treatment rooms with a massage and many other services.
The Tokyo spa and its hotel have an enviable location just steps from Tokyo Station, which offers a quick connection not only to Narita International Airport but also to the rest of Japan via the Shinkansen bullet train. Four Seasons maintains a unique greeting service for incoming guests, who are met by staff either at the airport or at Tokyo Station to provide assistance with luggage and escort them to the hotel, but that’s just one of example of the property’s superb service.
Ginza, Japan’s premier shopping district, is a short walk away.
The luxury spa has separate areas for men and women, both with a changing room, steam sauna, jet showers and a traditional onsen bath, where you are advised to jump-start a treatment with a healing soak that is said to improve blood circulation and metabolism.
Despite the spa’s tiny size, a wide variety of body and facial treatments are offered, including collagen masks for cellular renewal, peeling gels containing 24-karat gold to accelerate metabolism and exfoliate dead skin, services to help the body stay toned and slender, and massages utilizing ingredients like honey essence or nutrient-rich baobab oil.
Other options include a scalp massage to relieve tension from the scalp, neck and shoulders; reflexology, whereby pressure points on the foot are massaged to stimulate specific organs and systems in the body; and maternity treatments geared toward mothers-to-be more than six months pregnant.
The two treatment rooms are tastefully contemporary and Zen-like, with splashes of greenery and natural colors. Soothing music, chosen specifically for each treatment, sets the tone. Before and after the services, spend restful moments in the relaxation room, where fruit, bottled water and wet hand towels are thoughtfully available.
For even more pampering, there’s an Afternoon Tea Package that gives a choice of facial or body treatment plus tea served with desserts and snacks in a private room. For guests with less time, shiatsu, an oil-free Japanese massage, is offered not only in the luxury spa but also in the privacy of hotel rooms.