Foot Onsen Bath Cafe – Momi no-Yu (もみの湯(もみの気ハウス)

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Onsen bath is a unique yet somewhat awkward and embarrassing Japanese culture experience, especially for tourists who are not used to being naked with strangers in a private bath. Those uncomfortable visiting the bath and may feel regretful to miss out on its health benefits, but I recommend you an alternative to visit a cafe that provides foot onsen service!

Managed by Mominoki House, Momi no-Yu Café (もみの湯 (もみの気ハウス)) prides itself as the first foot onsen bath cafe in the world. They have 5 cafes in Tokyo, 1 cafe in Chiba and 1 cafe in Kyoto. The cafe I am introducing you today is located in Ueno (上野). Situated within a 3-minute walk from JR Ueno station and steps away from the popular Ameyoko Shopping Street (アメ横商店街), Momi no-Yu Foot Onsen Cafe is an ideal pit-stop to revitalize your aching feet from shopping. The cafe features an artificial hot spring of “Mu Bai stones”, which release mineral content into the foot bath and boost health benefits such as relieve and recover from fatigue, stiff shoulder, lower back pain, rheumatism and eliminate swelling.

To locate the cafe easily, I would recommend using ABAB as the landmark. Walk one more block of shops after ABAB and turn left into the lane to find Momi no-Yu Foot Onsen Cafe.

The cafe is located on the first level. Private massages which include body stepping and shiatsu, acupressure, oil, aroma, footpad, ayurveda, and foot reflexology are available on the second level.

The entrance of Momi no-Yu Cafe features an artificial hot spring of Mu Bai stones.

Momi no-Yu Cafe provides a comfortable setting with a small seating capacity of 15 persons. The cozy environment also makes a great relaxation venue with friends or date.

Upon entry, you will be greeted by their friendly and polite staff dressed in pink blouse and black pants. All patrons are requested to remove their shoes and socks, which will be placed in a plastic bag and stored in the storage stool you will be sitting on.

Their staff speaks very minimal English but the café has English factsheets with information about their basic packages. They are also well-equipped with handheld translation equipment for full assistance.

The basic foot onsen session cost 1,000 yen, subject to taxes and is 45 minutes long. During the session, you are given a 5-minute shoulder, neck and upper back massage, and served with a pot of healthy tea – selected from a list of 15 types with varying health benefits. You could also extend your session or order light snacks at additional cost.

After you have selected your tea, it’s time to commence the session with a quick wash of your feet by the staff. At this point, if you have difficulty in rolling up your jeans to knee level (for example, skinny jeans), the staff will provide basketball shorts for you to change into.

The feet washing session was gentle and comfortable.

Similarly to an onsen bath, the temperature of the foot bath is hot and approximately 40 degrees. Do submerge your feet into the water gradually. Once you get used to the water temperature, your feet will feel very relaxing and revitalizing. Due to the increased blood circulation, it is also common to feel warm. Do help yourself with the paper fan that is placed in front of every seat on the wall racks. Japanese magazines are also available for browsing.

Enjoying my pot of “Beauty Skin” healthy tea.

During the session, the staff will do a 5-minutes shoulder, neck and upper back massage. A head support is provided and the great rub eases all your aches away!

At the end of the 45 minutes session, I left the cafe feeling refreshed and most importantly, my feet were relieved from ache. I would love to think that I look better after drinking the beauty tea too. I highly recommended this pampering experience with onsen bath benefits for only 1,000 yen!

Here are the details of Momi no-Yu’s three other cafes in popular tourist areas (Ueno, Ikebukuro and Shinjuku):

Momi no-Yu Foot Onsen Bath Cafe, Ueno (もみの湯(もみの気ハウス) 上野店)
Address: 4-5-2 Ueno, Taito-ku, 台東区上野4-5-2 〒110-0005
Directions: 3 minutes walk from JR Ueno Station
Telephone: 03-5817-4147
Opening Hours: 11am – 5am

Momi no-Yu Foot Onsen Bath Cafe, Ikebukuro (もみの気ハウス池袋店)
Address: 1-27-8 Minami Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo Ozo Ikebukuro East Exit Building 7F 東京都豊島区南池袋1-27-8 大庄池袋東口ビル7F
Direction: 1 minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro station
Telephone: 03-5956-4787
Opening Hours: 11am – 5am

Momi no-Yu Foot Onsen Bath Cafe, Shinjuku (もみの湯(もみの気ハウス) 上野店)
Address: Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 1-17-2, Toya Building 6F 東京都新宿区歌舞伎町, 1-17-2, 戸谷ビル6F
Directions: Travel to Seibu Line Shinjuku Station, 5 minutes on foot along Shinjuku Yasukuni Street
Telephone: 03-5155-8229
Opening Hours: 11am – 5am

She found her first love for Japan at the tender age of 7 when she was exposed to Hello Kitty. She spent her teens immersing in J-pop culture and has accumulated more than 17 F&E trips to Japan till date. She especially love shopping and visiting kawaii themed cafes in Tokyo, and look forward to share her travel experiences and tips with all Japan travel lovers alike.

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