Ivan and I had the breakfast at the hostel on Nov. 10, 2010. It’s 300¥ per person for miso soup and two rice balls. Lil Dave had two rice balls with bananas. It’s tasty food. Our room is small, but it’s cool since it’s traditional with the tatami mats for flooring.
You sleep on a futon on the floor. Our room is meant for 3 people, so we had an extra duvet (comforter) and futon so it wasn’t as hard. I checked out the garden. One of the employees told us that there’s a hill of rocks. The rocks were brought from Mount Fuji. If you climb the rocks, you’ll get arrested.
For lunch, we walked to a katsu takeout place nearby. Ivan and I each had chicken katsu.
We got the train to Odaiba. Odaiba is a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. It’s filled with entertainment, businesses and shopping. We saw the Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge.
We walked around the shopping mall Decks. It was the first time that I spotted Japanese postcards. I didn’t buy any since the postcards weren’t that good.
We went to Odaiba Takoyaki Museum. It’s centered around the octopus balls. Although, it’s not really museum. It consists of a food court selling octopus balls and a gift shop. The balls come in different variations.
We got three different kinds: one that you dip in a sauce, salty and one topped with a spicy sauce and fish flakes. The balls were very good.
We took the monorail to Palette Town.
I noticed Daikanransha, the big ferris wheel. It’s not as big as the London Eye. I like the pretty colors. We walked to check out the shopping area. I saw Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise. Ivan bought a Hello Kitty treat which had chocolate and nuts inside of a pancake.
We walked inside the Paradise. It’s filled with Hello Kitty themed shops, restaurants and arcade games.
We walked to the onsen which is a Japanese hot springs. It was a long walk to get to Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari. We should have taken the monorail. It’s alright though – exercise is a good thing. There’s a dog spa next to the onsen. Dogs can play in a pool of water and get washed.
We went inside the onsen. The price for the onsen was 1900¥ per person. It was a discount from the regular price of 2900¥. We walked to the next desk. Here we got to choose our yukata. There were 3 choices for men and 7 for women. You also get to choose what color sash you want. Lil Dave was disappointed that there were no monkey-sized yukatas.
Ivan and I went to the dressing rooms. We were given a brochure that tells you how to put on the yukata. It said we should wear our underwear underneath. But, we weren’t sure why since in the bath area you’re naked. I was watching the other women to see what they did. They were wearing their underwear underneath. I put my clothes in my assigned locker. I put the yukata on according to the directions. Then, I walked to the meeting point to meet Ivan. It’s a nice big area with shops and a food court. I was surprised that you could eat and drink beer at an onsen. You walk around this area in your yukata. So, it makes sense that you have underwear underneath your yukata. Otherwise, if your yukata opens up, you won’t be flashing everybody.
The open bath areas are for men or women only. Ivan said we should meet in 30 minutes then we’d head to the foot bath.
I walked into another dressing room. I was given two towels: one bath sized towel and the other was a medium sized towel. I took off my yukata and underwear and placed it in a locker. I wrapped the big towel around me and started to walk to the bath area. A lady stopped me and pointed to a sign that said No Big Towels allowed outside. I thought this was really silly and stupid. I had to use the medium sized towel. It covered my private areas in the front. So, I walked to the bathing area barely covered and feeling a bit self-conscious. It doesn’t really matter though since everybody’s naked anyway. I figure I’ll never see these women again.
There’s three small areas that are warm. I saw a big pool that’s 40°C that can fit a lot of people. There’s an area with showers where you sit down. Also, there’s Kogane-no-Yu which water that is closer to the spring source. I saw two saunas. Outside, it’s the open-air bath area. I saw two pools and then four big tubs that are good for one person.
I met Ivan in the meeting area. We got an ice cream cone filled with a mixture of vanilla and green tea ice cream.
Next, we went to the foot bath which is located outside. You’re supposed to walk along the bath area which is covered with smooth stones. It’s supposed to stimulate the feet. I don’t think so – it hurt me a little! Some of the stones are pointy. There are some that are more flat which feel a lot better.
I really like the onsen. It’s different from other hot springs I’ve been to. It’s cool that you can eat there as well. There’s an option to stay overnight too. They have a capsule hotel on the property.
We boarded the monorail headed back to Decks. We got tickets for Joypolis. It’s a Sega indoor theme park with tons of rides. It was pretty empty and the rides were really fun and new so we had a great time there. There was this one ‘ride’ where you had to run on a treadmill to power the character on the screen. The attendant actually made us go through a warm up before we went on the ride! Another one had us sat in a room in complete darkness wearing headphones while 3d sounds played in our ears….it was all in Japanese, but that just made it all the more scary not knowing at all what was being said! I just wanted to leave since it was sounded so creepy. All the rides were pretty entertaining..and the place was practically empty so we never had to line up for anything. Plus the people working there all seemed so happy and like they really loved their jobs! It’s funny how they say all the directions in Japanese even though they know we have no clue what they’re saying.
Afterwards, we got the train back to our hostel. There was a great bar nearby called the Worth 369 dining kitchen standing bar. It was a small place and we got some tasty tapas dishes with some wine before going back to the hostel nearby.