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Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

Far more than just a hot spring facility, Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura is a complete traditional wellness retreat that's awash in the ambiance of old world Kyoto, but is located on Tokyo's Yamanote train line. The onsen is nestled in the bustling residential and shopping area of Sugamo, a neighborhood affectionately known as ‘the Grandma’s Harajuku.’ The main retail vein of Sugamo is lined with countless mochi shops, stalls selling senbei (traditional rice crackers), and cozy coffee houses populated by laid-back locals content to just watch the city go by. Over the other side of the train tracks, an eight-minute walk from JR Sugamo Station is where you’ll find Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura.

Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura
  • Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    As soon as you step foot into the entrance of Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura, you’re overcome with a sense of tranquility. This facility is dedicated to the pursuits of rest, rejuvenation, relaxation, and self-care and designed to mimic the ambiance of a traditional Japanese style ryokan inn. When it comes to the baths, there are a total of five for men, six for women, as well as saunas, and a bedrock bath. Beyond those, there’s also an aesthetic salon, a hair boutique, a Korean style scrub parlor, relaxation room, and a restaurant and lounge serving up sweets, beer, and hand-prepared meals.

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    With so much on offer, it’s difficult to know where to begin, but it’s recommended you start by taking a dip in the outdoor baths. The tubs are made from thick wooden frames boasting a rustic old-world charm and bathed in sunlight. There’s nothing quite as freeing as taking a dip in the cool fresh air as the sun pours in and soothing mineral-rich hot spring water gets to work on your skin. Open, but with the utmost privacy, these are the centerpiece of the entire day resort.

    The hot spring water that fills the baths is all naturally sourced, and the onsen claims that a thorough soak will give guests silky soft skin, alleviate chronic pain, muscle and joint stiffness, help low gastrointestinal function, and assist with other stress-related symptoms, but of course, outcomes vary from person to person. Throughout the day attendants are always floating around testing the ph balance to ensure the water is of the highest quality.

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    Once you’re done in the baths, if you’re willing to pay a little more, another whole new level of relaxation awaits. Slip on a jinbei, which you can rent at check-in - it’s a bathing garment, a little like a pajama set - and head on over to the unique hot-stone sauna. Like a lizard on a sun-drenched rock, you’re meant to lay on the hot stone for a cyclical period, it’s claimed that the warm ions emitted from the stone relax your muscles and detoxify the body by encouraging perspiration. Once you’re done, head to the relaxation room to unwind, or treat yourself to one of the many extra beauty therapies on offer.

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    It’s easy to lose half a day or more inside Somei Onsen Sakura, and that’s not a bad thing. From the moment you step inside, the stresses of the world evaporate quicker than the mist that floats from the baths. Once you get in you won’t want to leave, so why not make the most of it and go all out with a delicious post-bath meal. The onsite restaurant offers both Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisine, while the lounge area also serves refreshing tap beer and soft serve ice cream.

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    Reach a New Level of Relaxation at Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

    Somei Onsen Sakura is open from 10am – 11pm, seven days a week, but as with many public onsen those with tattoos are not allowed. Entry to the facility costs 1,296 yen for adults and 756 yen for children. Rental items, like towels and facility garments, and additional beauty treatments are available at an additional fee. To get to Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura, a free shuttle service runs every 10-20 minutes from the South Exit of JR Sugamo Station, just keep an eye out for the pink bus.

    official website : Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

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