I bought a ticket on a holiday so it was the most expensive time to go and it was worth every single penny ... Or rather every single Yen in this case. This is a multi floor Spa & Water themed attraction more than a simple spa. It is utterly amazing. There are entire floors dedicated to men and to women who's themes alternate on opposite months. That is because the floors are alternately theamed to spas of Europe and spas of Asia and the genders are not mixed on the spa floors. In the water park and swimming pool area on the top floor, bathing suits are required so it is mixed genders and families.
While knowing Japanese is very helpful, it is not absolutely necessary. The team members at the service desk are remarkably helpful and have plenty of diagrams. You start by purchasing a ticket from the machine in the lobby, then enter through the customer service area where they explain the rules of the spa. You will be required to remove your shoes soon as you get past the service desk. There are lockers where you can store things for ¥100 which is roughly the equivalent of one dollar, which you get back once you retrieve your items from the lockers. As I said, I went on the most expensive day since it was a holiday and still only spent ¥3000 or $30.
Once inside you are given an electronic bracelet that will run a tab for you for everything on the additional services that are to be paid for by service, including massages and other treatments. These bracelets also work for the automated vending machines making the entire process seamless. It's like the Disney magic bands except these actually work.
At first I was a bit nervous seeing that I am a fairly modest person but once I relaxed into the atmosphere then everything was absolutely fine. If you have never gone to a spa before I would recommend looking up proper spa etiquette before you go.
This was a remarkable experience and I fully intend to go again and again.
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