This photo by Denisse Rauda, others by Takahiro Takiguchi
This photo by Denisse Rauda, others by Takahiro Takiguchi

Stripes' Trip: Dr. Fish offers unique pedicure in Enoshima

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Guam

Harumiya Shoten, in the busy Benzaiten Nakamise shopping street, offers a unique pedicure.

But don’t worry about picking a nail color or tipping a pedicurist, as dozens of carp are employed here to bring your feet up to tip-top shape.

Dr. Fish is a spa-experience involving a jacuzzi-like pool where small carp are waiting to feed off patrons’ feet. They like dead skin, so the second you ease your feet into the tank, the fish scurry towards your feet to start cleaning.

I hadn’t tried Dr. Fish in years, but with two of my colleagues visiting, the three of us decided to get a fish pedi together.

As soon as I put my feet into the tank, dozens of fish rushed my feet and started munching.

It was a little ticklish, but I didn’t feel any pain nor unpleasant feeling. But the flock of black fish reminded me of swarms of mosquitoes or fleas, and that thought made me a little queasy.

It was embarrassing to how many more fish came to my feet than those of my colleagues. It made me feel like my feet were nastier than theirs, which I’m sure they were. But after the five-minute session, my feet felt so smooth and as good as new.

So, when you visit the island, you might want to consider taking a break from all the walking and giving your feet a fish pedicure at Dr. Fish.

What to know
Location: 1-4-7 Enoshima, Fujisawa City
Hours: Thurs – Tues, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fee: 500 yen (per 5-minute session)
URL: https://www.shonan-navi.net/shop/shop.shtml?s=2399
Tel: 0466-26-2616

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