Near Tel Aviv, a Spa Creates a Bridge Between Japan and the Mediterranean Sea

At Yoto Kitahara (named after its creator), Japanese and Israeli influences are intertwined for an enhanced wellness experience.


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Therapist Yoko Kitahara decided to open a spa as a means of bridging the culture of her native Japan and that of Israel, her adoptive country, where she has lived since 2007.

The spa, constructed across two old Ottoman-style houses in the centre of the old city of Jaffa, houses five wellbeing rooms and a boutique space under vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. The renovation, which took place over the course of a year and a half with the help of Yoko Kitahara’s architect husband, also allowed for the integration of two roof terraces offering visitors spectacular views over the old city.


A design faithful to Japanese tradition

With a pair of Eames chairs, a Scandinavian-inspired coffee table, and made-to-measure tatami mats imported from Kyoto, the interior design is tasteful and well thought out, echoing the traditional Japanese predilection for sober and functional design. The eclectic range of spa treatments includes aromatherapy, Scandinavian and Shiatsu massages, oil baths, temperature treatments, and breathing exercises. This mix of techniques and treatments created by the therapist was developed throughout her travels across the globe to offer, she says, ‘a moment of simple relaxation’ while ‘connecting with nature.’


Yoko Kitahara is a spa located in Tel-Aviv. More information on its website.
Address: 5 Kikar Kedumim st. Tel Aviv – Yafo 6803784

©Sasha Zacks

©Sasha Zacks

©Sasha Zacks

©Yoko Kitahara

©Sasha Zacks

Yoko Kitahara

5 Kikar Kedumim st. Tel Aviv - Yafo 6803784

03- 6058339