OEDO ONSEN MAP & TIPS

How to get there:

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Scenic way

•Take the Yurikamome Line from the Shimbashi Station. Follow the signs from the JR station to the Yurikamome Line. You will go outside briefly, then up a set of covered steps. Note: If you are going to additional O-daiba destinations, it is easier and cheaper to buy the one-day pass ticket from the vending machines opposite the regular ticket machines.

•Take the train in the Ariake direction. It will make a 360-degree loop out over Tokyo Bay, and wend its way past other interesting O-daiba locations on the way to Telecom Center.

•Get out at Telecom Center, go through the turnstyles, and turn left. Go down the stairs and make a u-turn at the bottom, so you are walking on the sidewalk in the same direction that your train was going.The Oedo Onsen is on your left, across one street with a stoplight. It is the building with the big green roof.

Fast way:

•Take the JR Saikyu/Rinkai line from Ebisu Station, destination Shin-Kiba (it will say “Shin-Kiba” on the overhead electronic signs and on the side of the arriving train)

• Get off at Tokyo Teleport Station.

• Go out the turnstyles to the left, toward “VenusFort” and “MEGA WEB”

• Cross the plaza, go up the escalator to the VenusFort mall.

•Keep going straight through, past the Toyota MegaWeb showroom on your left.

•Go across the pedestrian bridge to the Yurikamome Aomi Station. Buy a ticket for the Telecom Center stop and get on the train going in the Shimbashi direction.

•Get out at Telecom Center, go through the turnstyles, and turn left. Go down the stairs and make a u-turn at the bottom, so you are walking on the sidewalk in the same direction that your train was going.

•The Oedo Onsen is on your left, across one street with a stoplight. It is the building with the big green roof.

11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (outdoor foot bath)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (outdoor onsen baths)

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (indoor onsen baths)

Admission: ¥2800 adult, ¥1575 child

How to navigate inside the Oedo Onsen:

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Go into the building, through the big glass automatic doors. Take off your shoes before stepping up onto the tatami matting, put your shoes in the locker, take the key with you, and proceed to the check-in counter. After you register and give them your credit card, you will be given a key on a wristband. This key is for your locker and has a bar code on it so that you can charge food, drink, and entertainment while inside the onsen without carrying your purse or wallet. You will settle your bill when you check out at the end of your visit.

Continue to the back of the lobby to the counter where you choose which yukata you would like to wear for your visit (free). Proceed to the men’s (blue curtain) or women’s (red curtain) changing rooms and change into your yukata, being careful to wrap it with the left side over the right side. (The other way is only for burial.) Leave your clothing and wallet, etc. in the locker. You may take a camera with you to shoot pictures in the public areas, although of course not in the onsen areas where people are naked.

You will exit from the changing rooms to the “town square” area, which has been built to resemble an Edo-era town. Lining the “street” are many shops, food stands and restaurants – udon and soba noodles, sushi, unagi (eel), oden, beer, sake, etc. Often there is live entertainment in the central area, and there are also booths where you can try your skill at ninja star throwing, arrow, and blow dart target shooting. Hot and cold water dispensers are placed in every area. Be sure to drink enough water while you are at the onsen, as it is easy to become dehydrated in the hot baths.

The entrance to the men’s and women’s segregated indoor/outdoor onsens are between the food stands on the left wall as you enter from the changing rooms. Look for the red (women) or blue (men) cloth curtains hanging over the doorways.

Inside you will first come to the changing room. Use your wrist bar code to pay ¥100 for the use of a towel and washcloth, and to get a ¥100 coin to use in the lockers. Put your yukata, main locker key, and big towel in the locker. Take your little washcloth and your new locker key with you to the washing area.

Go into the onsen area. The washing stations are near the door to the right. Wash yourself all over with soap and rinse thoroughly before entering any of the baths. The various baths are of different temperatures. Test each one before wading in. You can move freely between the baths both indoor and outdoor in this area. When you are finished, return to the changing area, put your yukata back on, and exit the way you came. (You will get your ¥100 coin back when you return the locker key.)

The doorway to the outside foot bath area is between the women’s onsen area and the women’s changing room. Over the scenic wooden bridge is a “stream” of hot water to wade in. Beware of the sections with sharp rocks set in the streambed! These are supposed to be for stimulating your acupressure points, but mostly they just HURT. Step carefully!

At the end of the “stream” is a soaking tub where you can sit with your feet in hot water, or you can pay for fifteen or thirty minutes and have the Therapy Fish nibble your toes for the worlds’ weirdest pedicure.

•Fifteen minutes costs ¥1575 for adults, ¥1050 for children.

If you’d prefer a different kind of “bath experience, try the “sunaburo” – the sand baths. For ¥1595, you can spend 15 minutes buried up to your neck in hot sand, just like at the volcanic beaches in Kyushu.

If you want to take a sunaburo (be buried in hot sand), walk along the wooden corridor toward the entry bridge until you come to the sunaburo booking office. You will be given a time to report to the sand bath area, invited to drink some water (a good idea) and use the bathroom before getting buried.

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