After long days of traveling and sightseeing throughout Japan, a few hours spent in a spa in Tokyo can be a great way to unwind and relax. Tired muscles from hiking Mount Fuji or walking through Asakusa need time to rejuvinate. In Tokyo, there are many spas to choose from ranging from traditional onsen spas to a more European style and everything in between. While spas range in their treatments they also range in price. Here are some of the best spas in Tokyo that are budget-friendly offering an assortment of treatments such as massages and mineral water soaks.
A traditional Japanese style spa with a modern twist, Oedo-Onsen Monogatari is one of the biggest hot spring complexes in Tokyo. Although the facilities are man-made the spa offers many, many hot springs and tubs ranging in temperature to provide different experiences. Offering both indoor and outdoor pools, the experience is authentic and healing. What makes the experience unique is that this artificially built space is in the middle of the busy bustling city, making it an even more appealing city retreat. Massage treatments are available as well as female-only pools and areas. Oedo-Onsen Monogatari is one of the best spas in Tokyo and a great place to relax and unwind.
2 Chome-6-３ Aomi, Koto, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Thermae Yu Spa
A modern onsen that is centrally located, the Thermae Yu is located in Shinjuku Kabukicho and is a perfect place to rejuvenate amid the city surroundings. The clean and spacious facility is separated into men’s and women’s area and pools offering sauna and steam rooms along with a lounge, rest areas and a restaurant it is easy to see why Themae Yu is one of the best spas in Tokyo. On the top floors there is a designated relaxation area complete with hot stones and in the main bath area, there are several shower pods. Inside the locker room, visitors receive towels and a pajama outfit to wear while using the facilities. Massage services are also available for an additional fee. There is no time limit and guests are welcome to use the spa as long as possible. A visit to the spa is also a great activity upon arrival and a helpful way to fight jet lag.
1-1-2 Kabukicho, Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
For travelers looking to find relief from sore muscles, Sri Ayutthaya is a perfect choice, a spa located in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. The spa specializes in authentic Thai massages but offers a wide variety of treatments including aroma oils and many which include a small stretching session, along with hot tea and spa amenities. The spa is a comfortable and warm space with traditional touches and ambiance. Found just behind the Shibuya Granbell Hotel and a five-minute walk from Shibuya JR station, Sri Ayutthaya offers a spa getaway in the middle of the city and is easily one of the best spas in Tokyo for both locals and tourists.
15-8 Sakuragaokacho | Room 207, Shibuya 150-0031, Tokyo Prefecture
Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura
The Tokyo Somei Onsen is a quiet oasis in the middle of the busy city of Tokyo offering visitors a tranquil experience. A traditional bathhouse experience this onsen offers separated men’s and women’s areas and a variety of baths. On the top floor of the facility, guests will find warm and welcoming tatami known as the “talking room” and a designated room for relaxation and quiet. The room offers guests reclining chairs, Japanese TV, comics, and newspapers along with free wifi. There is also a restaurant and guests are offered all amenities including shampoo and soap. One note about Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura is that tattoos are not permitted under any circumstance. Unfortunately, guests who have tattoos may not enter the spa or use the facilities.
5-4-24, Komagome, Toshima 170-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
Yukemuri no Sato
Found in the popular shopping area of Sengawa, Yukemuri no Sato is one of the best spas in Tokyo offering both indoor and outdoor baths. The spa offers towel rental and offers shampoo, conditioner, and soap before entering the pools. With ranging temperatures, the onsens are warm and welcoming, a great way to relax tired muscles. There are many locals that frequent the spa but tourists are welcome. Beyond the pools, there is also a hot stone room and a traditional Japanese style eatery. Yukemuri can also be easily accessed by the express Keio line from Shinjuku.
2-11-2 Wakabacho, Chofu 182-0003, Tokyo Prefecture