While it might not get as much attention as other pet-friendly destinations around the world, such as the UK, France and Argentina, Japan is also a nation of dog lovers. Japan is well-known for its highly unusual take on things that are very common in everyday life. From whimsical construction barriers to blue traffic lights, an island full of bunnies, and a dizzying array of vending machines, the Japanese clearly have a way with things. This also extends well onto man’s best friend.
So if ever you’re thinking of spending a holiday in the Land of the Rising Sun, you’d better get acquainted with these four peculiar but otherwise beneficial services for your pet dog.
Luxury Resort for Dogs
With 4 villas, a luxurious pool, and aesthetically-designed suites, the Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa is the equivalent of a 5-star hotel and resort that is specially designed for the most lavishly pampered dogs in the land. There are Dog Suites and Executive Suites complete with a complimentary chef’s special of croquettes and risotto. Located in Yachimata, Doggy’s is the perfect retreat for the world’s richest dog. A single night can easily net between $400 and $750. It’s mighty expensive, but your pet will be pampered like a king.
Most restaurants that accept dogs don’t actually treat these pets as customers, but rather as companions of paying customers. At the Deco’s Dog Café, however, both pet parents and their dogs are customers. Both get to enjoy finger-licking-good pizzas, cakes, chicken steaks, and meatballs. For the ultimate in canine birthdays, the café can actually throw in a special plate that is prepared just for the 4-legged birthday celebrant. This is one of those eateries in Japan where man and dog can sit side by side and enjoy a full course meal.
Hot Springs for Man’s Best Friend
Japan ranks number 2 in the world in terms of the best hot springs, being an archipelago in the Pacific Ring of Fire. It is no wonder that many of these hot springs also open their doors to man’s best friend. At the Tsunayoshi no Yu, your pet gets to experience a warm onsen, a full shampoo, and a really soothing jet bath massage. Pooches are also placed in an oxygen capsule and allowed to relax in a bubble spa to really provide the most lavish, most outlandish internal beauty treatment for dogs. You’re bound to get jealous and jump right in.
Fans of Linda Blair in the hair-raising, spine-tingling horror flick, The Exorcist, will be glad to know that there is such a thing as pet exorcism. The D+Khrishima provides pet exorcism services to dogs that their pet parents believe to be possessed by demons. A Shinto priest will perform a variety of rituals, expel the bad spirit from your dog’s body, and provide a spiritual shield for future health. Whether it’s the dog exorcism you’re after or not, it’s always nice to know that the spa actually provides gourmet meals, overnight stays, and luxury baths especially for your 4-legged friend.