I’m heartbroken. After 18 years, Tokyo’s world-famous Oedo Onsen Monogatari will be closing for good come September 2021.
Last Thursday, or was it Friday, I woke up and was greeted by tragic news upon visiting Facebook.
After 18 years in operation, Tokyo’s famous Oedo Onsen Monogatari will be closing for good in September 2021.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari. My favourite Odaiba attraction since 2004. The one attraction that I MUST visit whenever in Tokyo, no matter how rushed my itinerary is.
Naturally, I immediately assumed it to be the fault of the COVID-19 pandemic, but turns out, it’s not. Instead, it’s some sort of land-leasing regulation that makes it commercially pointless for the management to continue operation. (Summary of it is that they wouldn’t be able to operate beyond 2023)
I’m heartbroken. Doubly heartbroken because as my FB friends highlighted, none of us would be able to make one final visit, have one final soak, play one final matsuri game, before this wonderful bathing theme park goes away for good.
I am only left with travel memories and photos. Sadness aside, at least my latest visit wasn’t that long ago too; Dec 2018 to be exact.
I had so many entertaining, relaxing evenings here. This was one Japanese attraction that never failed to delight me. A place I will remember for many more years to come.
The following pics aren’t great by any standard. Most were taken by handphone …
Oedo Onsen Monogatari Memories and Travel Photos
First Visit in 2004.
My first visit was all the way back in 2004. I was in Tokyo for four days and before setting off, I bought a Japanese travel magazine to research which newer attractions I should check out.
“Oedo” was prominently featured in that magazine. One look at the colorful photos and I decided right away that I must visit.
That the park was located at Odaiba was another major attraction for me. Since my first visit to this man-made island in 2001, I’ve loved the bayside recreational area. In short, Oedo felt like just the place to relax at after much food and shopping.
Subsequent Visits in 2006, 2007, and 2010
Let’s see. I next visited in February 2006 and December 2007. For the latter, this was the attraction that I was at for a whole three hours, before rushing to Shibuya Station Square and Asakusa Temple to welcome the New Year.
No pictures from those visits, though. I wasn’t too into photography back then. Those taken by my Nokia phones back then were terrible in quality too. And so I didn’t even bother.
Jump forth to February 2010, I had one afternoon in Tokyo before heading up to Sapporo. It was an incredibly rushed afternoon too as that was a work trip and I needed to meet a client at Tsukiji.
Where did I make a beeline to once done with the meeting? Odaiba of course! I spent the bulk of my only two free hours that afternoon naked and in the waters of Oedo.
April 2015 Visit
This was my most memorable visit. Because I went on the final evening of my holiday and because of a group of friendly Japanese teens that I met at the matsuri area.
Dec 2018 Visit
This visit was right after my visit to TeamLab Borderless. Perhaps because it was a rainy Monday, Oedo wasn’t as crowded as before.
Armed with my D7500, this was also the visit during which I took the most pictures. Looking back, I’m so glad I did. Who would have known it would be my final visit?
Farewell, Oedo Onsen Monogatari! Thank you for the travel memories and unforgettable evenings! I look forward too to you guys reopening elsewhere in Japan.