There is good news for weary women in Tokyo who stay out late and miss their last trains after working long hours or hanging out with friends.
Several exclusive nighttime enclaves have recently opened up in the city offering women a comfortable place to sleep and to pamper themselves.
Some are open 24 hours a day so they can be used as instant hotels to relax.
Spa Laqua opened in Korakuen in 2003 featuring natural hot spring baths and sauna facilities. Its location allows women to drop in anytime and soak away their worries.
“There are more women lodging here than we initially expected,” said Nao Iwase, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Dome Corp. The company expands its women-only space during the late-night hours to meet customer demand.
The spa is open from 11 a.m. to 9 a.m. the next day. Overnight stays cost about 5,000, yen which is cheaper than taxi or hotel fees for many people.
Men can also use the facility, but there is a special lounge just for women.
Iwase said its free beauty products and fresh underwear offerings are also popular with female customers.
Karaoke operator Daiichikosho Co. launched the exclusive women’s spa ravie de la vie (life rebirth factory) in the Ebisu district.
In addition to small rooms with beds or reclining chairs, it features larger rooms where women can chat. It is open 24 hours and is attracts many late-night users. The fee is basically charged by the hour, but is fixed between 2,000 yen and 4,000 yen from midnight to 9 a.m.
Those who use the facilities include women who want to take a break before returning to work for late-night tasks, including overseas phone conferences, and business travelers who arrive in Tokyo late at night.
Spadium, which recently opened in Ueno, provides a unique “stone bathing” service that allows guests to warm their bodies internally by lying down on a hot stone plate. There are also sleeping compartments.
“There are times when you feel like being alone and recharging yourself in busy everyday life,” said Harumi Miyata, president of the company that operates Spadium. “I have created a space that makes such hopes come true.”
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