Spa junkies, like myself, who think they´ve tried it all, should definitely consider paying a visit to the first deep-sea water spa. The unic spot, named Utoco Deep Sea Therapy Center and Hotel, is situated on Japan´s remote Shikoku Island. It´s Shu Uemura – the famous makeup artist who favors rainbow palettes and fanciful false eyelashes that stands behind the place.
It was in the 1990s that Uemura began to use mineral-enriched deep-sea water to create his famous skin treatments. At the therapy center the same water, drawn from a depth of over 1000 feet, is used for bathing and water treatments. Uemura says that the water is rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium and it has other trace elements missing from surface water.
A good idea is to stay overnight in one of the 17 beautifully appointed guest rooms. Rates start at 34,000 yen per night, not including any treatments.
JAL has four daily nonstop flights to Kochi from Tokyo´s Haneda Airport. Utoco can arrange car service for the approximately two-hour drive to Cape Muroto.