Arab News Japan
TOKYO: If you’re looking for peace and relaxation in Tokyo, there’s a restaurant-café that goes out of its way to satisfy you.
You can enjoy soaking your feet in an artificial hot-water stream, order an Ayurvedic meal and receive a Shiatsu shoulder massage.
Meals are prepared from scratch with traditional Ayurvedic recipes infused with Indian spices such as cardamon seeds and cumin. The café offers a wide variety of Ayurvedic teas and curries made with brown rice, as well as desserts such as flans made with soy milk.
“I like the herbal tea served here; I find it very relaxing,” said one visitor, Mira Miyagi.
The café attracts all kinds of people, including couples and single visitors. They love the massage options at the establishment, which has been operating for nearly 10 years in the busy “Ameyoko Street” in Ueno, a bustling market street that runs parallel to the circular Yamanote train line in Tokyo.
“Originally, our café started as a traditional Indian Ayurvedic healing massage salon,” said Aya Yakushiji, who works in the cafe. “Combined with the hot-water foot bath, it really helps to relax the muscles during a massage. The water temperature in the winter is kept at around 42 Celsius. In the summer, it’s around 37 to 40 degrees.”
A set menu includes a curry, dessert and herbal tea, and costs around 1,800 Japanese yen (approximately $18). It includes 45 minutes of a hot-water foot bath. You can also extend the stay for an additional fee or for free if you order a massage.