Odaiba’s Best Onsen – Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Looking for the best onsen in Tokyo? Head to Oedo Onsen Monogatari on Odaiba. A couple friendly, Edo-themed onsen amusement park, this place has it all.

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Japan’s natural hot-springs, or onsens, are world renowned. An onsen’s waters are said to carry various health-giving qualities and their ability to induce peace of mind and near total relaxation is no myth. Japan is riddled with onsens of all kinds, from the small, age-old family-run set-ups, to the large, modern variety. Perhaps Japan’s best example of the latter is Oedo Onsen Monogatari on Tokyo’s Odaiba island. 

Oedo Onsen Monogatari is unique: the world’s first onsen amusement park. The whole complex is lavishly designed to recall an Edo village, transporting visitors back through time to a simpler age. The theme is merely the backdrop, however, the main event is the baths, which luckily, don’t disappoint. There is a total of 13 different baths, each offering a different experience but all equally fantastic. The romantic Edo-theme and non-gender segregated baths make Oedo Onsen Monogatari one of Tokyo’s best couples onsens. The space and facilities also make it perfect for a family day out, too (for more Tokyo family activities, take a look here). English speaking tourists are also well accommodated for, with English signage and help throughout. 

Below, find a full guide to Oedo Onsen Monogatari. We’ll run you through some basic rules to keep in mind when visiting the onsen, introduce some of Monogatari’s best features and give you lowdown on how to get there. 

For a more general look at Odaiba, take a look at Top 30 Things to Do in Odaiba

Japanese Onsen Rules

Step 1: Enter the changing room.

Step 2: Strip and put your clothes and large towel in the basket provided.

Step 3: Enter the bathing facility with the small towel.

Step 4: Take a shower to clean yourself off.

Step 5: Proceed to the pool and enjoy yourself!

Note: Do not swim or play with your towel while inside the pool. Place it on the side or folded up and on your head.

Step 6: When ready to leave, gently dry yourself with the small towel.

Step 7: Head back to the changing rooms and get changed. 

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Private Bath

Iseya

If you’re after a bit of privacy, Oedo Onsen Monogatari can oblige. Most onsens are totally public, so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity should it appeal. Named Iseya and located on the second floor, the rooms are available to rent by the hour (couples only) or for overnight stays. 

­  Renting Time 11:00 – 14:00

       Rooms Available 12:00 – 16:00

  ¥   3,000 – 10,000 (depends on the type of room and day)

­  More Info (in Japanese)

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Overnight Stay

Yasumi-Dokoro (Reclining Chair Lounge)

If you’re wanting to stay overnight but don’t want to splash out for a private room, the best option is seeking out the yasumi-dokoro, or reclining chair lounges. Gender segregated, these rooms are packed with large, comfortable reclining chairs with built-in TVs. Whilst they may not be a bed, they’re a good second best. If you’re planning on using the chairs, you may want to get there early to avoid disappointment. The best bit, use of the chairs is completely free. 

­  11:00 – 08:00

  Free

 

Kurofune (Black Ship) Cabin

Kurofune Cabin is the onsen’s very own capsule hotel. With a sleek, contemporary design and a variety of creature comforts (including in-cabin TVs), it is an excellent accommodation option. The downside? It’s for men only. 

  ­Check-in 17:00

       Check-out 09:00

  ¥   4,200 – 5,400 (depends on the day)

  More Info (in Japanese)

 

Iseya

Iseya are the onsen’s private ryokan-like rooms on the second floor of the building. Although they are available to rent by the hour, most people opt to stay overnight. Decked out lavishly with all the facilities you could hope for, this is the premium option. Whilst not cheap, the experience is unbeatable. 

  ­Check-in 17:00

       Check-out 09:00

  ¥   15,000 – 62,000 (depends on type of room, number of people and day)

  More Info (in Japanese)

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Massage Prices

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Esthetic Treatment, Head Spa, Full Body Massage and Foot Reflexology

If the baths weren’t enough, Oedo Onsen Monogatari also offers a wide array of extra options to boost your relaxation. These include esthetic treatments (a massage involving natural oils), full body massages from expert masseuseshead treatments and foot reflexology, designed to boost overall blood flow. 

­  11:00 – 03:00 (L.O. 02:30)

       A variety of massages offered at different prices

­  More Info (in Japanese)

­  Package (Massage + Admission)

 

Akasuri (Skin Exfoliation)

Akasuri treatments are also available at the onsen. A traditional Korean technique, akasuri is a full body scrub designed to get rid of dead skin cells and leave you with soft, smooth skin. 

  ­11:30 – 03:00 (L.O. 02:00)

  ¥   4,200 – 26,000 (depends on the type of course)

­  More Info (in Japanese)

More Oedo Onsen Monogatari Facilities and Services

Yukata

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yukata is a traditional Japanese garment worn by both the men and women, the summer version of the more well-known kimono. It’s typically worn in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), during summer festivals or at an onsen. Oedo Onsen Monogatari provides yukata to help set the mood.

 

Open-Air Bath (Rotenburo)

As well as a great many indoor baths, the onsen also has several rotenburo, outdoor soaking pools. You’ll find these baths as you enter the facility and make for a great way to begin your experience. 

Hours: 11:00 – 24:00, 05:00 – 08:00 (Fri&Sat 11:00 – 02:00)

 

Foot Bath (Ashi-Yu)

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Outside you’ll find a long, winding pool designed as a foot bath. Sit along the edge and dangle your feet in, or if you’re feeling brave, walk up the stone-studded pool and massage your feet as you go.

Hours: 11:00 – 24:00

 

Fish Therapy

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For a small fee, fish therapy is also available. Dangle your feet in the pool and tiny fish will dutifully eat the dead skin cells from your feet. It’s a strange sensation but one definitely worth trying out. 

­  Mon-Thu 11:30 – 21:00 (L.O. 20:45)

       Fri&Sat 11:30 – 23:00 (L.O. 22:45)

       Sun 11:30 – 22:00 (L.O. 21:45)

Adult ¥ 1,500/15 minutes or ¥ 2,150/25 minutes

Child ¥ 1,000/15 minutes or ¥ 1,450/25 minutes

 

Rock Salt Sauna

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Enjoy the health-giving qualities of Himalayan rock salt in Oedo Onsen Monogatari’s rock salt sauna. Inside, the salt reacts with the steam to give off negative ions, renowned for relieving stress. The temperature inside is also lower than in most sauna, making it good for those who struggle with the heat. 

­  11:00 – 22:00 (L.O. 21:00)

¥ 650/30 minutes or ¥ 900/60 minutes

 

Carnival Games (Sukuu-Bei)

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For kids or the young at heart, the onsen also offers some carnival games, fitting with the Edo-theme. One of the best and most traditional games is Katanuki, in which participants carve a shape (star, cherry blossom, etc) from specially made candy paper. A lot of fun. For all budding ninjas, there’s also a ninja star throwing stand!

­  11:00 – 24:00 (depends on the game and day)

  ¥   <500

  More Info (in Japanese)

 

Arcade Games

This wouldn’t be Japan if there weren’t arcade games somewhere. Although perhaps not fitting with the Edo-theme, the arcade games are good for a bit of post-bath entertainment. 

Hours: 11:00 – 09:00

 

Fortune Telling

Find out what the future has in store, but only if you can understand Japanese. 

­  11:00 – 22:00

  ¥   2,o00 – 5,000 (depends on the type of fortune being told)

­ More Info (in Japanese)

 

Restaurants (Food Hall)

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The food hall is filled with numerous sweet shops, izakaya (Japanese-style pub), food stalls and restaurants. Find ramen, yakitori (grilled meat skewers) and udon noodles as well as some Western-style options. 

Some restaurants close before 22:00, but not to worry, some stay open until the wee hours of the morning. Vending machines can also be found throughout the premises.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Tattoo Policy

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Unfortunately, like most onsens, tattoos are banned at Oedo Onsen Monogatari.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opening Hours

Sun-Sat 11:00 – 09:00 (next day)

Last Admission 07:00

Bathing Facilities 11:00 – 08:00 (next day)

Closed once a month after 23:00

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Price

Regular

 

Adult (>12)

Child (4-12)

Infant (<4)

Weekday

2,612 yen

1,058 yen

Free

Sat&Sun

2,828 yen

1,058 yen

Free

After 18:00*

Weekday

2,072 yen

Sat&Sun

2,288 yen

*No child discount.

Late Night (after 02:00)

2,160 yen

How to get to Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Address: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo

The closest train station is the Telecom Center Station [Google Map Link] on the New Transit Yurikamome Line. To access this line from downtown Tokyo, alight at Shimbashi Station [Google Map Link]. From Telecom Center Station, it’s an eight-minute walk to the onsen.

Alternatively, you can alight at Tokyo Teleport Station [Google Map Link] from which there is a free shuttle bus service.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Shuttle Bus

Oedo Onsen Monogatari offers a free shuttle bus service from the city centre (Tokyo Station, Kinsicho Sation and Shinagawa Station) and locally around Odaiba (Tokyo Teleport Station).

For more info, check out the Shuttle Bus Timetable.

Additional Oedo Onsen Monogatari Info

­  03-5500-1126

­  Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Other Tokyo Onsen

For more, check out Onsens in Tokyo – Relax Your Mind, Body and Soul. This list of Tokyo onsen also includes tattoo-friendly establishments.

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