Japan is one of Asia’s top wellness destinations. Japanese people have one of the longest life expectancies in the world and this is partly down to emphasis on wellness and health. Nurturing and mindful activities are woven into everyday life, there is a great focus on stress reduction, fitness, spirituality and nutrition.
Here are 5 ways you can experience some of the wellness practices for yourself;
Visit an Onsen
Onsen is the Japanese name for a volcanic hot spring where you can experience the therapeutic powers of mineral infused hot water. These are ingrained in Japanese way of life and can be found in every region of the country.
Take a Forest Bath
Confusingly this practice doesn’t involve any water or bathing. Instead it’s used to describe time spent appreciating a forest for health reasons. It’s been shown to reduce stress, boost immune system and enhance mental health.
Marvel at Imperfections
Kintsugi, is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer and then dusting the cracks with gold to create an even more beautiful and valuable piece than before. The concept is deeply rooted in the inner wellness and balance of our lives. You should accept flaws and celebrating imperfections as it’s what makes you who you are.
Experience Zen in a Japanese Garden
Japanese gardens are amongst the best in the world and contain an element of zen. The best come complete with a babbling brook, a bridge over a pond and minimalistic landscaping. These are the perfect place for meditation, introspection and enlightenment.
Visit a Day Spa
Tokyo has a day spa scene to rival any city in the world. There are hundreds of Spas spread out all over the city and you won’t find it too difficult finding a place to suit your needs. We recommend travel and hospitality award winner Boudoir Tokyo profiled on the next page.