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!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.