Beauty salon treatments foreign tourists  can also enjoy in Japan and beauty trends.

Beauty salon treatments foreign tourists can also enjoy in Japan and beauty trends.

Beauty salon treatments so called “Esthe” is becoming increasingly popular in Asian countries in recent years. There is an increase number of tourists coming to Japan getting beauty salon treatment while staying in Japan and according to the survey the Hot Pepper Beauty conducted among 600 foreigners who visited Japan before, about half of those 600 experienced some kind of beauty related service. What are popular treatments to get in beauty salon in Japan then? 


The term “Esthe” covers a wide range of beauty experiences; Facial treatment, body care, slimming regimen, body hair removal, waxing, beauty treatment course for bride-to-be (for wedding day), foot care, nail care, head-spa etc..  In the aforementioned survey, what came out as the most frequently tried was “hotel spa treatments”.  Spa belongs to a hotel is popular because it provides not just treatment service, but a great level of comfort in a nice environment. What’s particularly attractive is the great view many hotels have as a selling point that you get to enjoy during the treatment.  “Bay Window”, a hotel spa in Minatomirai, Yokohama area has a treatment which uses 6 different kinds of aroma oils and you get to enjoy the wide ocean view from the window during the treatment. Another recent trend is the “lunch esthe(tic treatment)” where the beauty salon provides healthy or gorgeous lunch together with relaxing treatment. Hotel The Manhattan Suite Esthetic Salon offers a beauty treatment plan which comes with French lunch course.  If you do hotel research, extend your research to their spa treatment plans! 



Very Japanese unique experience is getting nail salon service. In other countries, the popular service menu is single-color nail painting, but you can have a wide variety of complicated nail arts such as 3-D arts or character drawing on nails at nail salon in Japan. What seems to be particularly popular among tourists are the character drawing, of “Hello Kitty”, “My Melody” or ones from the comic “ONE PIECE”.  Traditional Japanese patterns on nails is another popular menu line. Price varies from one store to another, but typically, Gel-nail (Gel-coated hard nail) would be 5000-8000 yen. If you want some special technique used on it like gradation, it would be few more thousands yen additional. So if you add some stones or lame lines too, it will be in total about 10 and few thousands yen or so. It is a little bit pricey experience, but I think it would be worth trying to create a special memory of your trip! 


Yunosuke Kamiki

A concierge for visiting Japan. He visits every corner of Japan to discover unique charms of various regions.

He is the editor chief of a multi-language web-magazine targeting foreign tourist visiting Japan. He is crisscrossing the nation relentlessly to dig up so many yet-to-be-discovered charms and beauties of various region, of landscape, food culture and manufacturing.
His biggest joy is to invite tourists who came from overseas to together enjoy special Japanese sake he loves and seasonal food he coordinates.

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