Oedo Onsen Hot Springs: From Bathing, Overnight Stay, to Exit
A sequel to our previous article, we will introduce what to expect from the bath and beyond. Let’s go into the onsen! Photo: http://www.gnavi.co.jp/
See here for the previous article: Oedo Onsen Hot Springs: Steps to Bathing and How to Enjoy
Daiyokujo (The Big Bathing Area)
The entrance to the hot springs is located in the center of the Hirokoji-Avenue, a promenade area introduced in the 1st part of this 2-part article. The entrance leads to the Daiyokujo; the big bathing area. The daiyokujo uses spring water that has been drawn from 1,400m below the ground. You can enjoy an authentic hot springs bath without leaving the big city of Tokyo. It is a spacious area with high ceilings and boasts over 10 types of hot springs. The bath tub with the ceiling really gives you an “Edo period” feel.
Additionally, there is a path of hot water stretching 50 meters long in a Japanese garden of 700 tsubo (24,910 sq ft). Here you can enjoy ashiyu or foot bath (where you can soak just your feet in the hot spring). The round stones laid on the bottom of the bath massage the pressure points on the soles of your feet; it’s the best feeling. You can also sit here with your friends, relax and enjoy a nice conversation.
Introducing the fish therapy as it relates to the footbath. For an extra charge, they offer a fish therapy by Dr. Fish.
Take a Break: Nakamuraza
If you want to relax after the onsen…Then go to this large hall of 200 jyo (1 jyo is the size of a tatami mat so 200 jyo is about 3550 sq feet). You can get some Japanese sweets at the Hirokoji Avenue and enjoy your sweets here for a nice relaxing moment. There are many people that lie and enjoy their nap time too. It is the most relaxing place.
The Manga Area
It’s not uncommon to see a large collection of manga comic books being offered at a hot springs theme park in Japan. Unfortunately, the Oedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba does not have a manga area. However, other branches of the Oedo Onsen Monogatari offer several thousand manga books. Because entrance to the onsen is a fixed price, it can be a much better value compared to the Manga café (manga kissa) that charges by the hour. This is noteworthy points that there is all you can read manga.
Overnight Stay: Iseya
Warm yourself in the hot springs, read some manga, have a few drinks…going home starts to feel like a drag. Well, do not worry. The Oedo Onsen Monogatari lets you stay overnight too. The 2nd floor offers an overnight stay facility called the Iseya. Unlike the 1st floor, they offer a very quiet atmosphere. Other than overnight rates, they also offer 2 hour stays so make full use of this stylish washitsu-Japanese room.
Overnight Stay: Kurofune Cabin
If you want to cut down on your accommodation expenses, try this. The Kurofune cabin is a male-only capsule style hotel for an easy overnight stay. Entrance to the Oedo Onsen Monogatari plus overnight stay here adds up to 4,900 JPY so it’s quite reasonable. This can be your refuge if you have trouble finding a place to stay while traveling throughout Japan.
If you purchased any food items etc during your stay in the facility, you must show your Tsuko-Tegata (a pass that was needed at checkpoints during the Edo period) to checkout and pay before you leave. Information: Map
Transportation on Your Way Out
More Details: http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/#access
There are complimentary buses offered between the Oedo Onsen Monogatari to major stations such as the Tokyo Station (Yaesu Exit), Shinagawa Station, Kinshicho Station, Sumiyoshi Station, Toyocho Station, Monzen Nakacho Station and Toyosu Station. We recommend you make use of these. Of course you can use this bus on your way there too.
So there you go, 1 idea for an easy plan you can experience during your travel through Japan.