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Odaiba Onsen Theme Park To Close After 18 Years, Last Day Is On 5th Sept

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Opened in 2003, Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari is an iconic hot spring theme park in Tokyo. However, after 18 years of operation, the beloved attraction will be closing down on 5th September 2021. But unlike the game centres that are shutting down in Akihabara due to the pandemic, the theme park is shutting its doors for a different reason – land lease expiration.

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari announces closure

odaiba onsen - entrance
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On 23rd June 2021, Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari posted an official notice on their website. The headline read, “閉館のお知らせ”, which means “Closure Notice”.

odaiba onsen - closure notice
Image adapted from: Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari 

In the announcement, the management explained that the theme park’s land lease will be expiring in December 2021.

Although they explored ways to continue operations, restrictions under the Act on Land and Building Leases meant that the theme park had to be closed down by 2023, even with lease extensions. Ultimately, the management decided not to extend the lease. 

odaiba onsen - queue
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As such, the hot spring theme park will be shuttering its doors on 5th September 2021. “To our customers and relevant stakeholders, we would like to express our gratitude for your support. We hope for your continued cooperation until our last operation day,” the notice concludes.

Tokyo’s renowned hot spring theme park

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari is a beautiful hot spring park inspired by the Edo Period. It offers both indoor and outdoor onsen baths.

odaiba onsen - oedo onsen
Oedo Onsen
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The indoor onsens include the Oedo Onsen – a large onsen that uses natural spring water sourced from 1,400m underground. 

odaiba onsen - sleeping bath
Sleeping Bath
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There’s also a Sleeping Bath, which is designed to allow for a comfortable napping position. 

odaiba onsen - edo garden
Edo Garden
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The outdoor Edo Garden onsen lets you immerse in the peace of nature. Meanwhile, the Vat Bath helps alleviate physical tension and stiffness in your body.

odaiba onsen - vat bath
Vat Bath
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For the full list of onsens, click here.

odaiba onsen - japanese style special room
Japanese-style rooms
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As for special rooms that allow overnight stays, you can choose between traditional Japanese-style rooms and their modern Western-style counterparts. 

odaiba onsen - western style special room
Western-style rooms
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Some rooms come equipped with bathtubs so you can enjoy the onsen experience in private. View all the room types here.

relaxation services
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Besides its onsens, the theme park also offers a variety of relaxation services, ranging from a 30-minute Akasuri Body Scrub (¥4,620, ~USD41.68) to a 160-minute VIP package (¥25,080, ~USD226.25), which includes aromatherapy, head spa, and facial treatment.

traditional festival layout
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The hot spring theme park is also where you can experience what a traditional Japanese festival is like. It offers game booths where you can try traditional festive games such as ninja star throwing and scooping up bouncy balls. At night, traditional lanterns will light up the outdoor areas, recreating the atmosphere of traditional festivals. 

public foot bath
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Finally, when you get tired of walking around the theme park, you can soothe your sore feet in the petal-infused public foot bath. Take this chance to snap aesthetic photos with your friends too.

Visit Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari

It’s a huge shame that the Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari will be closing down. If you’re in Tokyo before 5th September 2021, we highly recommend you to visit this iconic landmark.

Address: 2 Chome-6-3 Aomi, Koto City, 135-0064 Tokyo
Opening hours: 11AM-8PM, Daily (Last admission at 7PM)
Telephone: 03-5500-1126
Admission: For those over 12 years old, weekday and weekend daytime rates are ¥2,768 (~USD24.97) and ¥2,988 (~USD26.96) respectively. Weekday and weekend rates for visits after 6PM are ¥2,218 (~USD20.01) and ¥2,438 (~USD21.99) respectively. For children aged 4 to 12, admission costs ¥1,078 (~USD9.73). Admission is free for children under 4.

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Cover image adapted from: Susanna Chan