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“Relaxing if you don't mind being nude”

Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari
Ranked #1 of 7 Spas & Wellness in Koto
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Toyko's largest artificial hot spring complex is filled with a seemingly never-ending series bathtubs with different temperatures, textures, and foci, such as the special foot baths.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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“Relaxing if you don't mind being nude”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

I went by myself to Oedo-onson Monogatari. If you are self-conscious about being totally nude in front of other people of your gender it is better to go by yourself, because then nobody knows you! The onson is a 2 minute walk from Telecom Centre Station and is very easy to find (it is a low building with big lanterns strung across the front, and and a ground level car park next door.

When you go in you put your shoes in the free shoe locker, then you go to the reception counter where they give you a locker key. You pay at the end because any money you spend from here in is charged to you via the barcode on the locker key bracelet. You then go to the Yukata area where you select your Yukata (no charge), then you go to the change room of your gender. You won't need to use the "valuables lockers" on the way - your regular locker locks. You take off all your clothes (you can leave underpants if you like) and put on the yakuta (instructions are on the wall). Leave everything in your locker. No photos are allowed. Then move through to the main hall, with snacks and amusements. After that go to the foot bath area (before you get too wet). After that go to the hot springs reception area where you can book extra treatments (at extra cost) like massages, sand bathes, scrubs and so on. They will direct you to the baths for your gender. There is no mixing of genders (except that boys under 8 can join their mothers). When you go into the bathing locker area you will be given two towels (a small one for drying yourself, and an even smaller one (the size of a cereal box) to take into the bath area. You get totally undressed and put your larger towel and other things into the locker. The locker key is on a bracelet. Then you walk, in all your glory, with your tiny towel, to the baths. Firstly, you have a shower and then you bathe. The shower area has a little stool to sit on,shampoo, conditioner, body wash and foot paddle. After bathing you have another shower then go back into the locker room and retrieve your larger towel and yukata. This room has moisturisers, hair dryers, and ear buds. When you've finished using these, you can go to the relaxation area to lie down, have a snooze, or watch TV. You may like to do this as you feel fairly sleepy after the baths.
Then you can return to the first locker room, where your belongings are. There are hairdryers, moisturisers and so on here as well. When you are dressed you put the yukata in the tub and then go back through to the reception area to pay and leave.
There are a variety of baths in the bath area. Indoor and outdoor, different coloured water, spas, tubs, rock pools and more. There is also a steam room and a sauna. The baths are all around 40 degrees celsius. I spent 3 hours in the bath area.
When I visited I was the only non-asian woman there for 2 hours, until a 3 more came later. The local women did not stare (or if the did they were very subtle about it). There were women of every age and size, including a woman who had had a mastectomy and a couple who were in their 90's. There were several overweight women, some very overweight, but the majority were slim. I think that if you can put aside self consciousness about your body, communal bathing is a celebration of womanhood and friendship. It is liberating, and definitely an experience worth trying!

Visited January 2013
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“Acesor Family trip 2012”
Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

A real blast and relaxing way to spend the day with family. Though its chilling outside due to downpour in December, it was hot and refreshing bath inside. A great variety of Japanese food awaits after a few hours bath. Recommended for the whole family.

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hampshire
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“Experience”
Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Great experience in Tokyo bay - once got over the initial western concerns about going naked in public - same sex only - it was a really unique insight into Japanese culture . The various hot baths - inside and out- soooooo relaxing:)
Paid extra for reflexology - excruciatingly painful but oh so good
Food stalls ok but pricey and nothing to write home about
Overall a bit on the pricey side but becomes very good value for money the longer you stay - I certainly left relaxed and glowing

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“Japanies culture”
Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

We arrive at 16:30, from 17:00 there is adiscount , the price go down from 2000 yen to 1500 yen
We had a wonderfull time there and also take a 50 minute massage for 3800 yen
The food is good

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“Perfect unique spa day in Tokyo.”
Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

Awesome afternoon! Went with the wife in the end of November. Admission was 1900 Yen/ person. Pretty easy to navigate your way through the facility. The footbath was pretty cool. Wasnt too fond of the fish pedicure but my wife absolutely loved it and kept talking about it the rest of the afternoon. Went and got a massage (6800 Yen/person for a 70 min body and foot combo). I've had my share of massages and it was one of the better ones I've had. We had some sashimi and a beer that were all pretty good. The mineral bath portion was awesome and very relaxing despite the fact you are naked. Best part of the day was chilling out after it all up in their relaxation room where you have your own TV and comfortable recliner. I watched Sumo for about an hour and a half while drinking a beer from the vending machine right outside the door. My wife read from her Kindle and I took a nice little nap. All and all we were there for about 7.5 hrs. Must do if you are looking to do a spa day in Tokyo and enjoy a little culture as well!!! Total cost for the day for two people ~ 25,500 Yen (2x initial fee, food, massage, fish foot treatment, dessert, and 2 beers)

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