Singapore and Japan are similar in many ways; two of the most developed countries, small land and population, expensive living cost, and both of them have the most convenient public transportation systems. They are also fond of spa treatments, although what do they refer as spa might be different. In Singapore, people go to spa to have massage, facial or body treatment, while on the other hand, Japanese relates spa with soaking in a hot spring (which is called "onsen"). Despite of the fact that Japanese onsen is actually relieving us from the fatigue, Singaporean who lives in Japan probably still want something more than just dipping their body in a hot water. This article is written for them who desire a real sensation of Singapore spa in Japan.
1. Banyan Tree Spa Phoenix Seagaia Resort
One of the Singapore’s biggest spa chain which offers various treatments from top to toe. Something unique about this place is their “Time-honored Traditions” signature therapies, which allow people to try different massage tradition from Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand, and of course, Japan. Aside from regular body massage, they offer facial and beauty treatment as well. Lovey-dovey couple can also enjoy romantic bath spa in this spa house.
Opening hour: 10am – 8pm daily
- Banyan Tree Spa Phoenix Seagaia Resort
- 宮崎県宮崎市山崎町浜山, Japan
- +81 985-21-1351
2. St. Gregory Spa Toyosu
With an extensive treatment choices; from body massage, facial treatment, slimming & detox, manicure & pedicure, to pre-natal therapies, St. Gregory Spa could be your one-stop spa house. They claim to have same pampering services and treatments with St. Gregory Singapore as they provide uniformed training for all of their therapists. So if you really miss Singaporean spa touch, this place could be perfect for you.
Opening hour: 11am – 7.30pm daily
- ST.GREGORY SPA 豊洲
- 豊洲2-4-9 (ららぽーと豊洲 ship I 3F/305), Kōtō, Tōkyō, Japan
- +81 3-6910-1429
3. Essence Vale VenusFort Day Spa
Located in VenusFort shopping mall, you can enjoy their service to release your fatigue after a whole day of shopping session. This spa is well known for their Shirodara + Scalp treatment. Shirodara is a technique where 4 liters of warm oil will be dripped slowly to your forehead. They use 100% herb oil and the massage will reduce headache, stiff neck, hair loss and also help to fix premature graying and baldness problem. If you don’t feel like to have warm oil fall onto your head, you can still enjoy other treatments too.
Mon-Fri, Sun: 11am – 9pm, Sat: 11am – 10pm
- VenusFort (ヴィーナスフォート)
- 青海1-3-15, Koto, Tōkyō, 135-0064, Japan
- +81 3-3599-2750
- Official Foursquare.com
4. Angsana Spa ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe
Whenever you are in Kobe and longing for real Singaporean spa experience, you can put this spa house into your consideration. As a part of big spa company chain in Singapore, their service should be unquestionable. Located strategically in the heart of Kobe and even connected to Shinkobe station, it will be perfect for anyone who is always on the go. Angsana Spa offers as extensive treatment as other big spa houses do, but if you feel like to have more than just an ordinary herbal mixture, you can always choose almond milk, banana turmeric, or fruit delight as your body polish ingredients here.
Opening hour: 12pm to 8pm daily
- ANAクラウンプラザホテル 神戸 (ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe)
- 北野町1, Chuo, Hyōgo, 650-0002, Japan
- +81 78-291-8063
- Official Foursquare.com
5. Azveil Hotel & Spa Atami (The Azveil Spa by St. Gregory Spa)
Atami is located in Shizuoka prefecture, 40 minutes away from Tokyo, and known for their beautiful sea view and onsen resort. Most of the accommodation in Atami is Japanese traditional hotel (ryokan) that comes with public hot spring. But don’t miss this Azveil Hotel & Spa, probably the only accommodation that offer Singaporean style spa in Atami. Carrying the big name of St. Gregory Spa, you can always expect good service from the therapists. Aside from their individual treatment price, the hotel also offers room + spa package for limited number.
Opening hour: 10am – 9pm daily
6-1 Sakimi-chō, Atami, Shizuoka, Japan +81 557 86 1551
Both of Singaporean spa and Japanese onsen will help to reduce fatigue and improving health condition. It's always interesting to try a new culture, so we suggest you to try both. If you have tried it all, tell us which one you like better...