The Los Angeles spa scene is packed with options from the high-end, glitzy hotel spa to the no-nonsense and extremely effective Korean bathhouse — the Tomoko Japanese Spa is something different from all that: it’s truly one of a kind.
A high-end but extremely soulful treat, this Beverly Hills spa offers an immersive experience from the start. As you walk in you’re greeted with a chic, private room with tea, light snack and foot bath. The spa is decorated with lots of cedar wood, a cozy fireplace — definitely a minimalist aesthetic. The general ambiance is designed to remove negative energy from the body and renew your spirit, which comes in handy for those who live a vibrant life in fun but hectic LA.
Tomoko Japanese Spa stands out for not having the traditional sauna and steam room you’ll find in every hotel spa. Instead, they have more intimate space, offering each guest a room or a shared room with family or friends. This is called “your private sanctuary”, and it truly feels like you left the crowded, busy streets of LA and entered into the quiet, relaxing Japanese countryside. During a visit, you’ll wear traditional Japanese yukatas, which are super soft robes and have access to your own shower, bath and vanity. No locker is needed, since all four private rooms have plush seats, offering space to store clothes, fresh snacks and drinks. When you’re done with your treatments, guests are invited to relax in the main room where they can drink tea and enjoy mochi.
The spa offers many unique treatments but their top-rated selections are the Japanese Experience for couples and The Harisienne Facial Massage Treatment. The Japanese Experience lasts from an hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours, which includes a 15-minute detox foot soak. The treatment gives you a “holistic balance” which means they address the accumulated energy in your tissues and help release all necessary unbalance. Vegan oil palm strokes and warm stones release further tension, followed by The Japanese Sake treatment, which helps the energy centers of the face and ultimately allows you to unblock energy.
The Harisienne Facial Massage Treatment is a special treat. Using the revolutionary Toganseibi technique, the massage stimulates your face, scalp and all the 31 muscles in between, helping to slow the natural aging processes and completely relax any tension. If you’re looking for complete physical and mental relaxation, this is the place.
One could say this is LA’s best kept secret, a discreet, peaceful spa that combines luxury with minimalism. And it’s been getting some notoriety, with celebrities like Jessica Alba, Mindy Kaling, Tori Spelling and Bella Thorne celebrating birthdays at the cozy spa.
All in all, Tomoko Japanese Spa is a soothing rarity in the sea of spas located throughout Los Angeles because of the unique treatment and spiritual healing element no other location has to offer.