Spa Tokione, Marunouchi
Whether you need a break from shopping and sightseeing or have a few hours to kill before a train, Spa Tokione, located in the basement of the newly renovated Tokyo Station Hotel, is the perfect way to unwind. The escape from the hustle and bustle of the city begins as soon as you step into the spa’s entrance. The stone walls and soft lighting create a tranquil and serene environment which fits perfectly with the spa’s “urban cave” concept.
Spa Tokione incorporates the exclusive Terrake spa brand, a luxury beauty treatment line created by the French skincare experts at Thalgo. It is based on the concept of the four universal elements (earth, water, air and fire) and consists of distinctive rituals, massages and products that awaken the senses to create a feeling of closeness with nature. The original treatments also use unique accessories, such as feather brushes and stones. To ensure that each guest receives the most appropriate treatment to meet their individual needs, a spa therapist begins by carefully explaining each of the processes and benefits of the four different elements.
Make sure to arrive at least half an hour before the reserved time in order to ease into the spa experience with a visit to the separate men’s and women’s bath and relaxing area, which has an artificially carbonated hot spring, two manmade hot springs, a cold bath, a dry sauna and a steam sauna. Guests with spa reservations can use the bath area for no additional charge.
My mind was instantly put at ease as I stepped into the entrance of the spa and was greeted by the very welcoming and friendly staff, who led me to the lounge area to begin the consultation. Feeling refreshed and with my blood circulation much improved from the carbonated hot spring, I was ready for my spa treatment. There are five private rooms and one couples treatment room, all of which are very inviting, featuring simple, modern décor and warm lighting. My chosen treatment was the 90-minute Luxuriant Plant Life Body and Facial (¥26,250), which aims to bring total relaxation by using products made with fruit butters, buds and plants for nourishment and slimming. The highlight of the treatment was the contouring massage that used a special Terrake liana ribbon that wound and unwound around me as if to unite my body so that it could recover all its suppleness.
This massage is designed to gently stretch and relax the body through exquisite pulling motions. It began with my ankles and legs, moving to my arms and wrists and finally to the nape of my neck. My body seemed to become infinitely longer. Then my face was cleansed, followed by gentle acupressure. The experience finished with the application of a mask with fruit butters and floral waxes, then a cream containing bamboo extracts for instant moisturizing. After the treatment, I was handed a mirror and I saw that my face was plumped up and nourished and that my skin was noticeably more luminous.
Address: B1F, Tokyo Station Hotel, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Open: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun & hols, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed third Sunday of every month)