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For the first time in Japan, Kyoto’s finest healing space, The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is offering the ESPA “Kyoto Bamboo Ritual”, starting in August. The treatment invites you to relax deeply, as if you were refreshing your spirit in a Kyoto bamboo grove. The treatment uses warm bamboo sticks and oil to loosen and restore muscle fibers deep in the tissues.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is located on the banks of the Kamogawa river, a spot long renowned for its scenic beauty. In the Edo period, the area was lined with the houses of court nobles and aristocrats. In the two years since our opening, in 2014, the hotel has earned a reputation as a luxury urban resort that inherits and continues the tradition of graceful elegance of the venerable Kyoto neighborhood.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers unique methods using ingredients that bring local energy into the treatments in the tranquil treatment room. The Ritz-Carlton Spa uses Kyoto’s green tea, stones and other local ingredients to revive the body and restore its energy. In addition to the special treatment room, the facilities include a pool overlooking the waterfall, as well as a sauna room and fitness center.

The new “Kyoto Bamboo Ritual” treatment is perfect for anyone wanting to experience the ultimate relaxation. The SPA’s professionals use carefully selected warm bamboo sticks and warm oils from the luxury British Spa brand “ESPA.” They then apply the sticks and oil to perform deep massage, working healing warmth and pressure into the muscle fibers. This enhances energy flows, expands the range of motion of the joints, and relieves tension and stiffness in the whole body. After refreshing the body with the hands, our spa professionals use a lavish amount of oil on the whole body and then apply pressure massage with bamboo sticks. Six different types of bamboo sticks are used, differing by thickness, length and shape. The most appropriate types of sticks are chosen to suit your body and its condition.

For example, big sticks are used for the back. Two slimmer sticks are used for intense attention to smaller places. Rotating and pressuring the bamboo sticks onto the abdomen, inner thighs, back and legs, improves blood circulation. You will feel the oil penetrating deeply, softening the skin. Release your body and mind from fatigue and the stresses of daily life and enjoy a comfortable massage that invites deep relaxation. It feels like a refreshing sojourn in a bamboo grove in Kyoto.

“Kyoto Bamboo Ritual” details
Treatment time: 90 minutes
Price: 28,000 yen (not including tax)
Reservations and inquiries: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, +81-75-746-5554 or
* Guests who are not staying at the hotel are welcome to partake of this treatment using the Day Spa.