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Authentic yet Reasonable Priced Onsen in Tokyo: Ooedo Onsen

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Ooedo Onsen is a natural onsen (hot spring) in the Odaiba area. There are 13 different kinds of natural hot springs, some gushing up from 1,400 meters underground. The Ooedo Onsen recreates the old Edo era, which creates a unique but authentic Onsen experience.

Monkeys in Natural Onsen

I was both excited, but dreading, to going to the Ooedo Onsen in Odaiba. If you do not know already – you have to be naked for to enter an Onsen in Japan. Being naked in front of other people just felt weird, and wrong, showing all that… meat. But, since I was already here, bah – off with the clothes!

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online for a special discount!

So first things first – Keep your shoes

All Onsen are covered in tatami so you will have to take off your shoes before entering the actual thing. They will kept in a shoe locker until you are ready to leave. So go ahead and look for an empty locker (the ones with the keys attached) and place your shoes inside.

Lockers for shoes in Ooedo Onsen

Next off, register and get your Yukata

The registration counter to the Onsen is just nearby, so right after shoe keeping, rush off (there’s almost always a queue here) to queue up. The ladies at the counter will give you a wristband with a key and number (which is the number of your changing room locker). The wristband has a code that can be scanned for all purchase you make inside the Onsen, so you pay all at one go when you leave. Pretty convenient since you won’t want to be holding onto all your stuff while going in and out of the Onsen.

Registration Counter at Ooedo Onsen

After collecting the wristband, next in line is collecting your Yukata (this is what you wear in Onsen) in the opposite counter. There are kids and plus sizes if required. There are a total of 6 choices and you can choose any of the combinations you want. I went with a yellow one with a reddish-pink belt.

Put your Yukata on and head into the main hall

After getting your Yukata, next off is putting it on. Look for the pinkish-red cloth for girls and the blue one for the guys. Keep your belongings into the locker with the key provided (the locker number is on your wristband) and change into the Yukata here. Here’s a guide on how to put on your Yukata *link*.

Lady in Yukata (summer kimono)

Once you’re done, you can meet up with your other half in the Main Hall. The Ooedo Onsen was made to replicate the Edo era of Japan (and hence the name) and so the games and decorations are quite unique to other Onsen that you may have been to before. Free flow of hot and cold water/green tea/barley tea are offered.

Traditional Edo era games in the Main Hall of Ooedo Onsen

So what’s the point of going to an Onsen if you are not going in for the action?

I remember my first time coming to the Ooedo Onsen in 2009 and it was my first ever nude onsen trip. And like I said, it was awkward, walking into the bath naked. But once I was settled in, the water felt REALLY good. I had a good, long alone time with the hot springs and pretty soon I forgot that I was supposed to be embarrassed about my meat. The experience is double enjoyable if you go in winter, when hot water naturally feels good since it’s freezing outside; or after a long day of shopping when your legs are screaming for help.

Onsen experience – hot springs that relaxes your whole body

Just to walk you through this so you won’t get too alarmed the first time. Once you enter the bath, women in all shapes and sizes will be naked like it’s not a thing. Find a locker, strip naked and keep all your stuff in this locker. After getting nude, stay calm and go grab two towels (a big and a small) and remember not to walk too fast and don’t cover yourself with the towels (or everyone will stare).

Before jumping into the Onsen, remember to clean yourself by bathing in an individual divider that each comes with a stool, a small bucket, a shower, shampoo/soap etc. and a mirror. This is a must as the Onsen should always be kept clean.

Dividers and stools to clean yourself before the main attraction\

So the big towel is for you to wipe yourself off the water after you bath, and the small towel is for bringing into the Onsen. If you watch animes, you will be quite familiar with what a public onsen looks like and if not, imagine them like a Jacuzzi in a wooden swimming pool. There a total of 13 different ones that have different waters and temperatures so make sure you try everything! Other than the public baths, there are also outdoor pools. Some for your feet, and some wooden tubs that you can dip into.

Outdoor – Feet hot spring at Ooedo Onsen

This place is actually pretty romantic at night so be sure to come with your boy/girl friend getting really warm in the public baths (especially in winter or you may freeze to death).

What about Food?

If you get hungry, don’t worry – there are lots of food for sale in the Ooedo Onsen. The ramen I had wasn’t exactly amazing but I guess after spending all that energy and sweating it out in the Onsen, it really wasn’t that bad.

Chashu Ramen in Tonkotsu soup base

Too late to leave; or simply, don’t want to leave?

You can stay for the night if you would like to by adding another 2K yen to your tab. There is a resting room on the 2nd floor with tatami for you to rest on after 2AM.

Matta-ne Ooedo Onsen!

If you had enough of your fun, change out of the Yukata and return it by throwing it into the basket on your way out. When you return the wristband at the counter, you will be asked to pay here on the expenses you spent in the Ooedo Onsen.

Ooedo Onsen at night

Staying smart with these tips:

  1. You’ll be tempted to cover yourself with the towel. My suggestion is don’t, people will probably stare even more and think you’re weird.
  2. Japanese people are really strict about tattoos so if you do have a tattoo and want to go for Onsen, you may want to check out the private ones elsewhere.
  3. Buy your tickets online and redeem them at the airport with a special discount.

How to get here

By Train

From Tokyo Station
1. Get on the JR.
Line: Yamanote line
Stop: Get off at Ginza Station
Time: Around 2 minutes

2. Transfer to Metro.
Line: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Stop: Get off at Shimbashi
Time: Around 2 minutes
Fees: JP¥170

3. Transfer to Yurikamome.
Line: Yurakucho Subway Line
Stop: Get off at Daiba Station
Time: Around 15 minutes
Fees: JP¥320

From Shinjuku Station
1. Get on the Metro.
Line: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Stop: Get off at Akasaka-mitsuke Station
Time: Around 9 minutes

2. Transfer to Metro (another line).
Line: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Stop: Get off at Shimbashi
Time: Around 5 minutes
Fees: JP¥200

3. Transfer to Yurikamome.
Line: Yurakucho Subway Line
Stop: Get off at Daiba Station
Time: Around 15 minutes
Fees: JP¥320

By Boat

From Asakusa
Time: Around 50 minutes
Fees: JP¥1,560

From Hinode Pier
Time: Around 20 minutes
Fees: JP¥480

The Onsen is within 3 minutes walk from Telecom Centre Station. They also provide free shuttle bus, and the queue line is just outside the building.

Hours & Fees

Closed: No closing days

Admission:
Adult (over 12): JP¥2,612 (Weekdays)
Weekends: JP¥2,828
Special Occasions: JP¥2,936

Children (4 to 12): JP¥1,058
Under 4: Free of Charge
Evening Discount Admission (after 6PM): JP ¥2,072 (Weekdays)
Weekends: JP¥2,288
Special Occasions: JP¥2,396
(no discount for children)

If you stay after 2AM: additional JP¥2,160

Basic Information

Address:
2-6-3 Aomi, Koto 135-0064, Tokyo Prefecture

Official Website:
http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/

 

 

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