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15 2012

Ooedo-onsen Monogatari, Odaiba


Last month, I went to a day hot spring named Ooedo-onsen Monogatari in Odaiba, the reclaimed land area in Tokyo Bay, by the Yorikamome train. It had been a long time since I had last taken this metropolitan government-run Rinkai Line.

Though I have been to many spas in Tokyo, it was my first visit to the spa (opened in 2003) that calls itself a Tokyo’s first and only hot springs theme park.

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The building is constructed in traditional Japanese style.

While a main change house is situated next to a bathing area in other spas, it’s in entrance area away from a bathhouse. I mean, visitors have to change into Yukata (a Japanese bathrobe) for using the facilities.

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Left: Visitors choose one of yukatas at the rental counter in the entrance zone.
Right: I chose this oiran (a high-class prostitute) yukata on which I shall never put again.

I experienced a moment of déjà vu when I went inside it. Then, I reminded Raumen Museum I visited last May (the previous post). The themes of the two spots are different: while the museum is decorated with the image of 1950s Tokyo, the spa’s theme is Tokyo in the Edo Period (1603-1867). However, “theme-park-style” commercial facilities, which were popular from 1990s to the early 2000s, are similar in tone to each other.

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The day spa reproduces streets at the festival in ancient Tokyo consisting of restaurants, food stands, souvenir shops, and attractions like fortune-telling, blowgun darts, ninja-knife throwing, etc.

The bathhouse is situated in the streets.

The bathing area was quite attractive. There were plenty of facilities including one filled with 100% natural hot-spring water pumped from 1,400 meters underground, small ones with different temperatures, open-air baths, dry and steam saunas, etc. The spa provided other services: spa treatments, Japanese-style full-body and foot massages. There were multiple resting rooms and large tatami rooms where you can relax.

Though it had everything needed for a day spa, personally, Ooedo-onsen offering extraordinary experiences wasn’t my kind of spot. I want to use one as an extension of our daily lives, so I felt its interior and service directing to be superfluous. However, it’s a perfect place for beginners of Japanese onsen and foreign tourist.


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