The Japanese are the best in the beauty business with hair salons and luxurious spas. In fact, while the city is covered in salons of all sorts, there are a number of major establishments that will not only make you look and feel good, but can work with you in English. Depending upon the service being offered and the location, fees for looking your best range from the inexpensive to very costly (particularly with hotel spas).

Beauty Salons

Boudoir (http://www.boudoirtokyo.com), this chic salon targets foreign clientele and while pricey, they regularly run terrific promotions on their Web site. Open 10:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Weekdays (closed Tuesday), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday – 03-3478-5898

Dashing Diva (http://www.dashingdiva.co.jp/), serving Japanese and foreign customers alike, Dashing Diva is moderately priced but is high quality. Open in multiple locations. See Web site for details.

Manicures and pedicures are available at both salons.

Hair Salons

Sin Den (http://www.sinden.com/e/index2.html), a beautiful operation targeting foreign women with a large variety of services, although very pricey. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday- 03-3405-4409

Who-Ga (http://www.who-ga-newyork.com/annex.php), primarily targeting Japanese clientele, Who-Ga is simplistic in its appearance and is modestly priced. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Weekends/Holidays – 03-5575-0855

Y.S. Park Park (http://www.yspark.net/salon/index.html), classy yet somewhat antique-modeled interiors that are just slightly more expensive than Who-Ga’s offering. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thu, Fri at each of their locations.

Spas, Massage, & Onsen

Bali 24 Relax (http://balirelax24.jp) simple, comfortable, and very moderately priced service – 03-3796-2411

La Qua Onsen (http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp) multiple floors with a variety of traditional offerings, all very inexpensively priced with entrance costing roughly US$25 for all-day entrance – 03-3817-4173

Oedo Onsen (http://www.ooedoonsen.jp/higaeri/english/) arguably Tokyo’s most well known “onsen”, like La Qua it offers all day entrance for roughly US$30 – 03-5500-1126

The Peninsula Spa (http://www.peninsula.com/tokyo/en/default.aspx) Tokyo’s most opulent Western spa with luxurious treatment rooms and lavish options across a variety of price ranges, with some exceeding US$800 for a session – 03-6270-2299

The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental (http://www.mandarinoriental.com) gorgeous treatment rooms overlooking the city with prices somewhat on par with the Peninsula. The Mandarin also offers monthly Wellness packages that include spa and fitness center access. – 03-3270-8300

Onsen are traditional mineral-rich Japanese hot springs baths and some of the more luxurious onsens receive similar regard as upscale Western spas.

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