Oedo-Onsen

As part of EPIC we had the opportunity to select activities that would give us a sense of the local people, culture and environment.  A few of us chose to go to a traditional Japanese day spa, along with our local guides.  I chose to visit Oedo-Onsen, which was very different from anything I had experienced in the past.  Here we are in our kimonos, waiting for our adventures to begin:

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From the locker room area we traveled out to a garden walkway:

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It started out with stones!

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There is actually a science to all this – the stones hit acupressure points in your feet, which should help you relax (eventually)!

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And gradually feet get submerged and the stones get larger.

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At the end of the walkway there was a little house with Doctor Fish.  Visitors sit around the edge of a pool and put their feet into the water.  The little fish eat all the dried skin off your feet and help to exfoliate them.  It was definitely odd and first – and it tickles!

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Later we made our way to the spa.  The baths were divided by gender, and everyone was unabashedly naked.  We did our best to follow the instructions:

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Good thing I remembered to bring a change of clothes – I’m not sure they would have underwear in my size!

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And then we wandered around the little shopping and eating area before heading home …

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Once again appreciating the amazing public transportation system!

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