Oedo Onsen anime and manga related shops and restaurants are a not something typical that you’d find in Japan, especially on a trip to its capital city, Tokyo. But what about an anime themed Onsen? Tokyo’s largest and most famous hot spring gives you not only the opportunity to experience a relaxing bath in a traditional Japanese setting, but also the chance to play games, buy merchandise and themed food based on your favorite anime series.
Onsen have a long tradition in Japan and are usually found in the countryside where they use naturally hot water from geothermally heated springs, often volcanoes, and therefore are differentiated from Sentô, indoor public bath houses, that use heated tab water. Onsen water is said to have healing powers deriving from the minerals that are present in it and is also very relaxing for your muscles, which is why many visitors to Japan, trying Onsen for the first time, really enjoy the experience.
At Oedo Onsen Monogatari, which is located at the Telecom Center Station on the artificial island of Odaiba in the Tokyo bay, the baths are filled with 100% natural hot spring water pumped from 1,400 meters underground. There is a huge indoor bathing area and also a beautifully arranged outdoor Onsen, where you can relax after an exhausting trip round Tokyo. But there is much more to Oedo Onsen than just bathing. In fact, after getting changed into a typical Yukata, a refreshing step into the Onsen and maybe a massage afterwards, there are still plenty of things you can do. If you are hungry, be prepared for a huge variety of food at the many restaurants and stalls inside. And if you still have some energy left, why not spend some time in the games hall or head to the onsite shop to buy souvenirs for your friends at home?
And as if all of that is not enough, they often feature recent anime series. The latest theme is the extremely popular sports anime “Kuroko no Basuke”, of which the 3rd season is currently airing on TV. Although the story about Kuroko, a boy who wants to become the best basketball player in Japan, is not a completely new series, the characters are very unique and certainly entertaining. Due to its popularity, many companies used “Kuroko no Basuke” in their advertising, and Oedo Onsen is no exception. You can see it immediately when you enter via the main entrance, you walk straight through a door printed with the characters, inviting you to come in. You don’t need to love basketball or the series itself to enjoy the many facilities that Oedo Onsen provides, including deliciously created character food and amusing games. Plus, in the onsite shop, you can find rare character goods that any collector would be excited to own.
Usually a different anime is featured for just a few months at a time, so if you aren’t that interested in basketball, then perhaps the theme of the next series will appeal to you. The next series to be featured has already been announced as the famous cycling anime “Yowamushi Pedal”, which BMJ will also be reviewing soon, so be sure to check back for our updates on Oedo Onsen.