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An Edo Hot Spring Wonderland: Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Posted on December 7, 2020

 

Come walk through the old streets of the Edo period in an onsen theme park—one of the largest in Japan! You could literally spend a whole day here bathing, eating, shopping, and playing games since its open 11am-9am the next day. For those looking for a more convenient and entertaining hot spring experience compared to the usual rustic mountain view getaways that require much more planning and time to travel to, Odaiba’s Oedo Onsen may be the perfect option for you. On the spa front, you’ve got indoor and outdoor baths, fish spa baths, rock salt saunas, massage, and relaxation rooms where you can even take a little nap if all that hot water and steam has got you a bit dizzy. On the amusement front, you’ll never get bored with the arcade area, restaurants, and shops to keep you occupied if you’re like me and there are only so many hours you can spend in a bath!

 

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari entrance

photo by @bernardoch9

Before you enter, you will be able to choose from a variety of patterned yukatas, or traditional summer clothes. They resemble kimonos but are a lot more lightweight and casual! There are so many different patterns that you and your friends can all wear a different style.

 

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari footbath

photo by @bernardoch9

The river footbath (pictured above) and all the baths at Odaiba Oedo Onsen use real hot spring water.

 

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari cherry blossom girl

photo by: @e_batty

The footbaths are the ideal way to relax and spend time with mixed groups or family since the full baths are separated into men and women’s sections.

 

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari night bath

photo by @potsupotsuphoto

Look at how it lights up at night!

 

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari cherry blossom path

photo by @ll.lacy.ll

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari yukata man

photo by @theyayaside

You’ll be provided with an electronic wristband that you can use to pay for everything while you are inside—no loose change or cash is needed! Everything will be calculated at the end of your visit and all you have to do is pay before you leave.

 

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari fish spa

photo by: @elamef

Sit back and let the little fishies do their thing! These helpful creatures, known as nibble fish or doctor fish, have a symbiotic relationship to humans. They exfoliate the skin by nibbling at our feet which is said to improve circulation, remove bacteria, and stimulate acupuncture points.

 

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari yukata girls

photo by: @ashley.outside

Don’t get overwhelmed by how much food there is too! There’s ramen, sushi, desserts, street food, booze… take your pick.

 

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari restaurants

photo by @bernardoch9

And when you’ve exhausted all there is to do inside, Odaiba has a lot of fun things to do other than onsen. You should definitely check out the plethora of VR experiences available as well as the immersive and stunning teamLab Borderless, and of course the Gundam statue!

 

Written by: Maya Kimura Watts

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