Because our thoughts and hearts are turned towards the tragic situation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan – we are proud to be a founding partner of #JapanLife an initiative to raise awareness.
Couple this with our passion for the Japanese way of life equals a jam-packed week where we are going to visit not one but two of our favorite spas in Japan as we continue our 2011 around the world spa tour (See under Daydream above!). And let’s not forget, per our usual format we will share “Bring it Home” ideas throughout the week!
So let’s put on our kimonos and show Japan our support! Our first spa is the Tobira Spa Resort Myojinkan.
Driving 1050 meters up from Matsumoto City in Nagano! Look what awaits! The demure resort Tobira Onsen, Myojinkan pays homage to the national park, tucked into the Northern Japan Alps amidst snowy mountains and hot springs. Though it’s deemed a spa resort it is more like a boutique with only 30 rooms and 15 suites.
The focus at Myojinkan is not on traditional spa services. Rather, it is on truly rejuvenating your body and spirit from the inside out. And at such a small property, the experience is contemplative, restorative and meditative as you commune with nature and restore your mind.
In fact only the typical spa spaces are the sauna and aroma room. Where you can bathe in a fragrant jasmine or have a massage while being immersed in the view of the forest.
The curative powers of their world famous hot springs are know throughout Japan to bring long life to the residents of this area. Legend has it the Japanese gods bathed in them. As Myojinkan’s guest, we get to partake in them as well – heck I think I’d like to sneak some home in my suitcase! A warm soak is particularly lovely on a cold day.
If you feel the need for an excursion, how about a day trip to the Matsumoto Castle. Definitely worth a look, the castle appears to float on the water!
Upon our return, let’s try out a few of the other baths offered here. Alternating hot and cold baths increases circulation, encourages weight loss and is good for the digestion. Doesn’t having multiple baths in one day feel decadent?
For dinner, indulge healthily and deliciously in a microbiotic kaiseki (a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner) in the traditional dining room. Your kaiseki will include: an appetizer, sashimi, a simmered dish, a grilled dish, and a steamed course. Love how the different preparations are combined.
Retiring to our rooms after a fulfilling, soul nourishing day. Good Night!
SpaHome Myojinkan: Stay tuned throughout the week, we’ll have ways to:
-a multi-course Kaiseki meal for you to cook for your family
-decorating ideas for a traditional Japanese dining room
-how to feng shui your bed.
Plus, a new Japanese spa profiled on Wednesday!