Odaiba is known for being the futuristic island, where you can find robots, rainbow bridges, high-tech museums and lighting, automobile conventions, among many others. But Odaiba is also home to some of the most traditional yet fun experiences in Tokyo.
The Oedo Onsen Monogatari is a space recreated in the Edo period (1603-1868). Upon arrival, you must choose a Yukata (Summer Kimono) model and proceed to leave your bags or luggage in a locker and change your clothes to be only in Yukata. There are many guides in several languages for those who have never had a similar experience.
When the change is ready, we proceed to enter the recreation area where there are many traditional Japanese game stalls, a tower in the center of the area in the style of the old cities, a variety of ramen restaurants, okomomiyaki, among others. and all the people are dressed in yukata, giving the feeling of being 100% in a peaceful and fun city from the Edo period.
Now, an Onsen is a hot bath with hot springs, and this is the main objective when coming here. In the old days, men and women bathed together, but due to regulations imposed in the Meiji era, men and women must bathe in different rooms, a rule that continues to this day. The Onsen waters relax the body in every way, and these waters contain special minerals that are extremely beneficial to the skin.
But before entering the waters, you must leave the yukata in a locker and enter the area totally naked. You cannot bring a towel or any other item to cover yourself. In Japan people are not ashamed of their naked body, since that is how they came into the world and have no problem sharing space with others in the same state. This is a culture many centuries old. In the Middle Ages Europeans took a bath every few months, while in Japan every day people went to the Sentō public baths or the Onsen to clean themselves.
Nowadays, when going to an Onsen, the barriers of hierarchy are lost, since when all are naked they enter into equality. It is very common to see people of all ages sharing these spaces with almost no shame.
This place also has a unisex space where you can enter with the Yukata, and it is an outdoor space where you can only put your feet in the hot water. It is a very enriching experience since the traditional landscape of Japan can be appreciated while it is shared with people of multiple nationals in a healthy and relaxing space.
Inside or outside the hot springs, the Oedo Onsen is a complete experience that directly leads the visitor to feel like a true Nippon in one of the strongest cultural aspects in Japan.
It is advisable to bring a good camera, as the whole place looks like a movie set from the Edo period and complemented by the Yukata, it is an excellent place to take photos and create unforgettable moments.