Onsen fun right in the heart of Tokyo!

When visiting Japan, one item on a lot of people's "must-do" lists is to go to an onsen. A lot of people also want to visit Odaiba, since there's great shopping and a fun atmosphere around the area. If you're wanting to combine both - there's a place you should absolutely check out - Oedo Onsen Monogatari!
Oedo Onsen Monogatari is located only a couple of minutes walk from the Telecom Center Station, or alternatively you can head to the Tokyo Teleport station where a free shuttle service is provided to the Onsen.
Pic credit http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/
Pic credit http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/

So what makes Oedo Onsen cool and worth a visit, I hear you ask?

Well, let me run through with you some of the fun stuff to do they have there! It's basically a theme park that's dedicated to onsen, so you have plenty to keep you occupied!

You get to choose a yukata to wear!

They have a bunch of different varieties, and I feel like this just gets you into the spirit of visiting an onsen straight away. You can see  some of the options below that they have available (the one I chose is on the far left, and the one Mike chose is on the far right).

There are a range of baths - both indoor and outdoor

Looks relaxing, right? It is! The water they use in the onsen is from a natural hot spring, so the minerals in the water leave your skin feeling awesome! It's like being at a day spa!

Speaking of day spa...

Need some pampering in your life? You can get a range of different treatments at Oedo Onsen! From skin exfoliation, to head spas, to full body massage - they even have a fish foot spa, where you can get any dry skin on your feet nibbled away by a bunch of tiny fish. We did this (well, I wanted to and forced the husband to join me) - and it's a weird, weird sensation (think of a ton of tiny suction cups going crazy on your feet). Once you get used to the ticklish sensation it's actually rather relaxing. It works, too - my feet were smoother than ever!

There are additional charges for the spa treatments - bear that in mind if you're wanting to indulge!

You're able to try a bunch of Japanese traditional foods in the one spot

Got a craving for ramen? Maybe sushi or some yakitori skewers? There's a bunch of different food options that you can try, and their food court type area is set up like a traditional Japanese street. They even have private tatami mat rooms if you're wanting a fancier kaiseki style eating experience, but we were happy with udon and ramen!

There are even carnival type games to play!

I thought it was pretty neat that they even offered carnival games you could play. They were different to carnival games I had played elsewhere in the world, but it was great to experience games that I hadn't played before - and isn't that part of the fun of visiting a new country?!

Admission to Oedo Onsen is as follows:


●Adult (counted as anyone over 12 years of age) ¥2612

●Children(Age 4 - 12 years of age)¥1058 

●No fee for children under 4 years of age

Also, just bear in mind they do enforce the no tattoos policy which you'll find across much of Japan when it comes to bathing.

All pictures are courtesy of the Oedo Onsen website except the one of my husband and I there!

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