Akai Medical Clinic
Omotesando & Yokohama
When looking to change your appearance, finding the best high-quality treatment is essential. Akai Medical Clinic strives to help patients achieve the ideal beauty they desire. Both locations in the Kanto area, one in central Tokyo in trendy Omotesandō and the other in Yokohama, boast top-class doctors, cutting-edge machinery, and processes not found elsewhere in Japan.
The popular clinic is run by Dr. Hidemi Akai and Dr. Keiko Akai. Dr. Hidemi Akai is a board-certified plastic surgeon who trained at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to being a practicing plastic surgeon, he is currently also an associate professor in the Department of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery at Showa University in Tokyo.
Dr. Keiko Akai is also a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a skin-care specialist and certified dermatologist. Akai Medical Clinic is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and committed to offering the highest-quality treatment to its customers, while the doctors’ wealth of experience dealing with foreign clientele helps each individual patient reach their desired look.
Akai Medical Clinic performs routine procedures such as liposuction, breast augmentation, reduction or lift, and cosmetic eye and nose surgery. In addition, Dr. Hidemi Akai is constantly introducing new technology and treatments to the clinic, such as the “Vampire Lift.” This may sound like something from a movie, but it’s the latest trend in rejuvenation treatment—a process that utilizes your own blood as a source of nutrients to sustain and prolong youth—and you can now experience it at Akai Medical Clinic. The “Vampire Lift” regenerates tissue by circulating the body’s natural “growth factors” and creating a natural rejuvenation effect. In the areas where the injection is made, wrinkles and sagging will be lifted naturally. The overall quality of your skin will improve and regain its natural elasticity. While other treatments may cause damage through heat, the “Vampire Lift” is a heatless process that actively injects growth factors into particular parts, improving blood circulation, increasing collagen, and repairing tissues.
Other options include Endy Med Pro and Infini, both laser treatments that lift the skin. Recently upgraded, Endy Med Pro has four slimming heads and is able to tighten your skin and contour your face and body by reducing fat. This new radio frequency-based professional-level treatment is an effective way to improve the quality of your skin. Infini is a new fractional RF device that is able to treat aging, sagging skin with pigmentation, wrinkles, and laxity.
Using either the EndyMed Pro and Electroporation or Infini, or the Vital Injector with the Solari photo treatment device, you can treat your skin that has been damaged by the summer UV rays. Solari is one of the newest, next-generation devices used in photo treatment. There is almost no pain and no down time, and the best results are guaranteed at all times. Electroporation is a device that creates temporary pores in your cells to allow substances to pass through the membranes more easily. The Vital Injector will directly inject the components for skin treatment into your skin cells. Using these treatments, your sun-damaged skin will rejuvenate. This can also be used to treat stains, wrinkles, sagging, and improve the overall health of your skin.
Other specialized procedures can help alleviate acne, reduce acne scars, and repair sun-damaged skin. As the skin is the body’s largest organ, it can be easily damaged by ultraviolet rays, aging, and other stresses of modern life. Continued skin trouble can even lead to anxiety and tension. Let Akai Medical Clinic rejuvenate your skin with their cosmetic dermatology treatments. Akai Medical Clinic also treats skin tumors and skin cancer.
Both locations offer a wide array of treatment options. Contact the clinic today for a consultation. Their skilled, bilingual staff will get you on your way to a great-looking you.
3F KNK Bldg., 3-5-17 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku
Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm
Nearest Stn.: Omotesando
4F Quadrifoglio Bldg., 5-14 Kinkocho,
Open Tue-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Closed Sun-Mon
Nearest Stn.: Yokohama
Aulii Spa’s centric form of Lomilomi finds the customer being led into a partitioned area that’s pre-scented with a tropical aroma of the customer’s choice. After a brief, relaxing foot bath, the customer then lies down on a massage table and receives an extensive massage based on their selected course—all performed with essential oils (if opted for), with the masseur or masseuse treating the entire body at once, allowing blood to fully circulate. The massage is customizable, ranging from improving wellness, stress and fatigue relief, and pain reduction, to beauty and diet support. Facials are also on the menu, utilizing Lomilomi methods to moisturize and beautify the skin. While many spas cater predominantly to women, Aulii’s brand of Lomilomi continues to beckon a large male clientele—so much so that the spa has included men’s treatments on its menu.
Hawaiian Lomilomi: ¥6,800 (60min), ¥9,800 (90min)
Hot Stone: ¥7,800 (60min), ¥10,800 (90min)
Facial: ¥6,800 (60min)
Azabu Skin Clinic
As the final days of summer pass, it’s time to repair the damage caused by summer’s intense sun rays. Super Placenta injection contains an effective ingredient that’s 560 times more concentrated than conventional treatment. This provides a longer-lasting effect that helps revive cells and gives them vitality through a natural self-healing process. Their new face, chin, and body lifting device offers a novel treatment that is a hot topic in the industry. This treatment significantly tightens and lifts tissue in the fibromuscular layer (SMAS). It effectively rejuvenates the deep fascia and subcutaneous tissues, dermis, and epidermis, through all skin layers above the muscle layers and improves contour. Be sure to check out their popular Thermacool CPT and Titan XL treatments for the face, chin, and lifting around the eyes. They also offer bio-identical hormone replacement that produces energy from within to revive your body and mental health, and eliminate adrenal fatigue. This ultimate anti-aging treatment is available for patients outside Tokyo.
75% off Thermacool Cpt
70% off Titan Xl
78% off Photofacial (Ipl)
Super Placenta—Placenta Injection
Hormone Replacement Therapy (Hrt)
Beau Up Club
Although located right in the middle of the city, Beau Up Club will make you feel like you’ve arrived at a relaxing resort. They offer many services and provide thorough counseling to help each customer choose the perfect course. They have a detox program in the style of an English foot spa (¥4,500 for 30min) that will draw toxic waste out of your body through your foot, effective for diet, beautiful skin, anti-aging, health maintenance, and body odor prevention. Two other services you should try are the full-body Detox Foot Spa & California Massage (¥12,600 for 100 min), which provides great breast benefits, and the Ultrasonic Machine Facial & Hydrogen Mask course (¥10,800 for 90min), which is an anti-aging mask for beautiful skin that will quickly lift your face. Beau Up Club also has aroma massages and drainage courses, and provides the highest level of treatment to their customers.
10% off English Foot Spa Course or Ultrasonic Machine Facial & Hydrogen Mask Course
English Detox Foot Spa & California Massage: ¥14,000
Anne Marie Facial: ¥12,000
Herb Tent: ¥3,500
Ultrasonic Machine & Hydrogen Mask: ¥12,000
Available for men
Tax not included
AS Bldg. 4F, 13-6 Rokubancho, Chiyoda-ku
Open Daily 11am-8pm
Nearest Stn.: Yotsuya
At a typical Japanese hair salon, you are confronted by an army of staff fawning over you like a movie star or minor member of the Royal Family. Instead of just getting on with the job, they wrap you up like a Victorian doll and subject you to endless interrogation about what you eat and don’t eat, where you’re from, the weather in Japan versus your home country, and other delightful topics. This might be great for some people, but if you just want a haircut with no extra hassle, you should zero in on Dude. Located among the trendy lanes of Shimokitazawa, Dude is a salon with its priorities firmly in place. Friendly and efficient, the staff give both dudes and dudettes what they came for—the stylish haircut that suits them best. They also provide a totally relaxing atmosphere that leaves customers feeling peaceful. So aim for a hassle-free life—and haircut—at Dude.
Free consultation in English for Metropolis readers.
Turn back the years “naturally” with Elana Jade’s amazing organic peeling course! Chosen by celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Hudson, Ilcsi Organic Skin Care offers the benefits of a chemical peel without the potential long- or short-term chemical damage. For this month only, Elana Jade is offering this unique four-treatment course for only ¥42,000. The salon is a short five-minute walk from Roppongi Hills in Azabu-Jūban, and uses only certified organic ingredients in all treatments. Elana Jade also specializes in waxing (specifically Brazilian wax), and organic facials, as well as hot-stone and oil massages. They also have specific ranges for men, brides, and mommies-to-be, making Elana Jade your oasis in the heart of Tokyo.
Receive four 60-min peeling facials for only ¥42,000 (a savings of ¥14,000)
3F Latorie Memorial Bldg., 1-5-19 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku
Open Mon-Tue 11am-9pm, Wed-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm
Nearest Stn.: Azabu-Jūban
Eternal Detox Juice Bar
A “juice cleanse” is different from fasting in that you can take nutrition and calories from the juice, which makes your organs work less. By doing so, you can cleanse and detoxify your body from the inside, and easily get healthier and more beautiful. Eternal Detox Juice Bar, visited frequently by doctors and celebrities, is based on the concept of “be beautiful from both inside and outside.” They offer cleanse programs of varying duration, including 1-day (¥8,640), 3-day (¥24,600), and 5-day (¥38,900). You can try their juice at the shop, or have it delivered if you live in the area. By using the cold-press machine from the Pressed Right company in the U.S., they can squeeze out the rich nutrition from the vegetables and the fruits without destroying the plant tissue. They even offer the freshly made juice by the cup—including fresh juice, cold-pressed juice, and smoothies—starting from ¥980. You can easily get the beautiful body you seek and will soon notice the difference in your skin and body just by drinking real cold-pressed, tasty juice.
Mention Metropolis and get:
10% discount for small size of cold-pressed juice
10% discount for 1-day cleanse
4-bottle set of cold-pressed juice for ¥6,900 (a ¥7,300 value)
1F Vella Heights, 1-22-23, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
Open Weekdays and Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun 10am-8pm
Nearest Stn.: Ebisu
There aren’t many places in the city where you can receive American facial services. At Formachika Tokyo, the therapists with New York esthetic licenses have fused the high techniques of Japanese and American culture to create a healing and exfoliating facial: the NYC Super Exfoliation Facial Course. Also, our special anti-aging facial of luxurious ingredients—including 24K gold and platinum—is very popular among women. Other than that, we also have body treatments that will make you relax and sleep deeply, as well as those that will adjust the balance of the body and female areas.
Mention Metropolis and get a facial or body treatment for ¥9,900 (45 min; first visit only)
Existing customers receive 20% off other services
NYC Super Exfoliation Facial Course ¥21,600 (80min)
Platinum Lift and Firming Course or 24K Gold Wrinkle Repair Course ¥32,000 (90min) with 1-month Skincare Kit (Platinum/24K Gold Serum and Cream)
Women’s Health Healing Special BODY Therapy ¥19,800 (90min)
3-8-13 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
Open Tue to Sunday 11am-10pm
※ (Last appointment 8pm) Closed Mondays.
Nearest Stn.: Omotesandō
Gold Salon Tokyo is a top choice for foreign residents seeking a hair salon experience closer to what they might be used to back home. The fact that 98 percent of the salon’s clientele are foreign residents is a testimony to their skill with foreign hair. English is the first language in the salon, so communication—from booking through to consultation—gives Gold the edge. The stylist/colorists have many years’ experience working with the variations in hair texture and myriad color options demanded by their discerning, international clientele. As salon owner and director Howard Regner likes to put it, “If the U.N. set up a hair salon, it would pretty much look like Gold!” So whether it’s a great cut, superb color, or the smoothest Brazilian keratin treatments in town, the choice is simply Gold!
Mention Metropolis and get 20% off your bill on your first visit, till September 30. (Applies to services only; does not include retail products.)
6F, 4-1-9 Azabu-Jūban, Minato-ku
Open Mon & Wed-Sat 10am-8pm, Closed Tue & Sun
Nearest Stn.: Azabu-Jūban
Hayato Salon is bringing a new option to those looking to make their daily hair care easier. Their formaldehyde-free keratin treatment is the first customizable, long-lasting smoothing service for silky-smooth hair. It makes unruly, frizzy hair manageable, softens waves, smoothes overall hair structure, reduces daily styling time, and lasts for up to five months. In addition to keratin treatment, Hayato offers a wide range of treatments, and satisfaction is always guaranteed. Each team member is bilingual and does their very best to create a relaxing, comfortable, and classy environment. The stylists are all experts—especially at handling the varied hair types of non-Japanese—thanks to a training program developed by founder Hayato himself. Stylists receive two years of on-the-job training at Hayato New York, where they learn to speak English, so when they debut at Hayato Tokyo, they’re more than ready to serve you.
30% off cut, color, and perm for first-time visitors (excludes Keratin treatment)
Long, from ¥30,000
206 The Roppongi Tokyo Plaza, 3-7-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Open Mon & Wed-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun & hols 10am-7pm, closed Tue
Nearest Stn.: Roppongi
Three decades ago, nail services in Japan did not offer much more than manicures. Extensions were few and hard to come by. Japan lagged behind the nail technology of the United States by fifty or sixty years. As acrylic and gel technologies gradually made their way overseas, diligent students underwent training sessions in order to spread the services throughout Japan.
In May of 2000, Hands-On first opened its doors along Kotto Dori in Omotesandō. Now offering the best in cuticle care, they have developed and supplemented American nail techniques with Japanese technology and services. Japan’s gel nail technology may well be one of the most advanced in the world.
The ever-increasing popularity of gel nails can be attributed to the taste for natural nails in Japan. The treatments at Hands-On use carefully curated cosmetics from around the world, and, because they understand the importance of having beautiful skin in order to have beautiful nails, all customers seeking gel or acrylic treatment will receive a hand massage.
With the experience and knowledge of their manicurists, Hands-On has also created cosmetic products specifically designed for hand care. They sell original hand and foot creams and solutions as well as a cuticle oil that is a customer favorite. Try out their massages, where they apply generous amounts of Hands-On’s original cream.
Inoue Yumi, founder of Hands-On, has been a manicurist for thirty years and continues to expand and improve upon the salon’s already exceptional service. With a deep understanding of the importance of well-cared-for hands when providing cuticle care, she has worked to enhance the massages, treatments, and technologies on offer.
You may also enjoy a shoulder massage, foot massage, or facial as you get your nails done. They offer monochromatic, gradation, and French options for gel nails. Facial courses start at ¥7,000, which includes cleansing, scrub peeling, facial massage, and a pack. The quick-care color course for feet is ¥5,000 with nail shaping, dry care, and coloring. Men are also welcome at Hands-On, where a men’s facial costs ¥7,000 for cleansing, scrub peeling, suction, vitamin C iontophoresis, facial massage, and a pack.
Four salons in Tokyo are currently open for business, located at Omotesandō, Yoga, and Hamadayama. Hands-On provides simultaneous hand and feet services in an extremely relaxing environment for those who are constantly busy and have little time to spare. Experience Japan’s advanced technology, expertise, design, and speedy treatment all in one setting, with private rooms and reclining chairs. Just a seven-minute walk from Omotesandō Station, Hands-On awaits your visit!
CND Shellac nail ¥5,800 + tax (a ¥7,000 value)
de Mamiel Care Course (Shaping Nails, Cuticle Water Care, Coloring, Massage): ¥4,500
Quick Care Color Course (Shaping Nails, Dry Care, Coloring): ¥5,000
Short Facial Course 45 min. (Cleansing, Scrub Peeling, Face Massage, Face Pack): ¥7,000
*No need to change clothes
Hands-On Omotesando Branch
1F Minami-Aoyama Noguchi Bldg., 4-1-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
Open 10am Tue-Sun, closed Mon
KCF Clinica Artesia
Looking one’s best has always been a challenge for women. Yet many sacrifice their health in the pursuit of beauty. KCF Clinica Artesia, in collaboration with Kishi Clinica Femina, believes it has solved the puzzle of ageless beauty by combining top-quality medical treatment for women with the latest in anti-aging and slimming technology. These techniques, supplied by Venus Concept Japan and performed by nurses, offer safe and effective medical beauty treatment. This technology has received rave reviews worldwide from women seeking to look and feel their best. For a limited time, KCF Clinica Artesia is offering Metropolis readers an opportunity to receive its premier treatment for just ¥10,000, a savings of 60 percent. Be sure to email, rather than call, for reservations.
Just ¥10,000 for free consultation and 30-min treatment (60% off)
English-fluent Kenji Suzuki is one of the many talented stylists who have come together at the Bondz Salon in Azabu-Jūban, where the relaxed, boutique-like atmosphere makes you feel right at home. Having held high-profile positions in the international beauty industry for more than twenty years, Kenji spent most of those years in New York City. In fact, he still takes care of his stylish clientele there on periodic visits to the U.S. Since 2013, he has shared with his Tokyo clients the styles and techniques that he learned and honed in the Big Apple, offering color and perm treatments as well as specializing in dry haircutting for men and women. Whether a patron has a specific look in mind or wants to try something new, Kenji works closely with them to ensure they leave with a style that follows trends, yet still brings out their own personal beauty. “For your hairstyle, for your lifestyle” is his motto.
Mention Metropolis and receive 20% off all services if you are a first-time customer
Pre-book your next appointment and receive 10% off your next cut
One of the best accessories you have is your hair; and when it comes to styling it, you want an expert! Sin Den salon, a brand name in Tokyo for more than twenty years, is staffed with some of the most experienced stylists in the city. At Sin Den, stylists follow the current trends, but also carefully assess each client’s hair and lifestyle to find a perfect match. First and foremost, Sin Den is committed to identifying styles that celebrate each client’s unique personality! Fabio Alfano, director of Sin Den, has styled for recent fashion events such as Miu Miu, Christian Dior, and Tokyo Fashion Week. He and his gifted team at Sin Den bring their vast know-how to satisfy a varied international clientele with hair, color, and nail salon services. Albert Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” Come add to yours by experiencing a free consultation at Sin Den!
20% off services for first-time client! Please mention this offer, valid through October 23rd
3-9-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Nearest Stn.: Omotesandō
Sunshine Juice, one of Japan’s healthiest specialty shops, was born when its CEO, who is a competitive athlete in the ironman triathlon, noticed the need to take in plant-based nutrition. He set up Japan’s first cold-pressed juice specialty shop, offering high-quality juice that is cold-pressed, 100 percent natural, and vegan-friendly. This type of farm-to-bottle quality can often become expensive, but Sunshine Juice is able to maintain its special recipe and good prices by building close relationships with farmers. Sunshine Juice is the first juicery in Japan to be certified as “Cold-Pressed with Goodnature,” a brand based in New York that is used and trusted by many famous cold-pressed juice brands worldwide. The Goodnature-branded equipment can press produce with 5 tons of pressure to extract nutritious juice. Also, juice-cleansing programs of varying duration are available, from half-day to five-day plans. Give real cold-pressed juice a try and see a change in your body and life!
Juices start at ¥780
Piramide Bldg. 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku 03-6434-0235
Weekdays: 8am-8pm, weekends & holidays 9am-7pm, closed irregularly
Nearest Stn.: Roppongi
Other branches: http://sunshinejuice.jp
VIP Creative Hair Salon
VIP Creative Hair International is there to meet all your hair care and beauty needs for any special occasion. Their team of experts has served Tokyo’s Japanese and foreign communities for many years, and they work to provide a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere of pure luxury in their private treatment rooms. Their exclusive tewaza (hand technique) spa relaxes the head and scalp muscles. VIP’s staff have extensive experience in the U.S. and Japan, and can work with a full range of hair colors—as their many loyal foreign customers can attest. Leave your stress behind, relax, and enjoy the VIP treatment at this exceptional hair salon!
Mention Metropolis and receive a free Kerastase hair treatment (a ¥3,000 value) or 10% off all services (for first-time visitors only).
Bring a friend and get 20% discount each.
These offers cannot be combined with other coupons. First-time visitors only.
Hair: Cut, color, perm, highlights, and head spa
Body: Waxing and facials
2F YS Bldg., 2-1-21 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku
Open Tue-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun & hols 10am-7pm, Closed Mon
Nearest Stn.: Hiroo or Roppongi
Watanabe Hair Dressing
To visit Watanabe Hair Dressing is to experience the best of Tokyo’s hair salons, where English-speaking staff pamper clients from start to finish and use unique techniques to create sophisticated looks. If you’d like to discover a great new style this autumn, a visit to Watanabe Hair Dressing may just be a step in the right direction. Forbes once called Aki Watanabe “the best hairdresser in Tokyo.” Trained at the Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy academies, the stylist now has his own salon, Watanabe Hair Dressing. Aki has done hairstyling for magazines such as The Face and i-D, and worked for brands like Red or Dead. They also have a six-step head spa menu using 21 types of natural plant extract, which will nourish your hair, help sustain your hair coloring, and give you a relaxing and luxurious time. You don’t have to be an A-lister to enjoy his latest styling trends and techniques. Aki has trained his young staff to provide great coifs at an affordable price for everyone.
10% off all hair services for Metropolis readers visiting for the first time
B1 Sun Beauty Harajuku, 3-25-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tue-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun & hols 10am-8pm
Nearest Stn.: Harajuku or Meiji-Jingūmae
Facebook: Watanabe Hair Dressing