Gintama Land at Ooedo Onsen

Being a fangirl at Gintama Land

During my trip planning for Tokyo, I was most excited about visiting the Ooedo Onsen Monogatari hot spring theme park.

It wasn’t only because I desperately wanted to soak in hot springs and to stay overnight there. It was also because my favorite manga/anime Gintama was having an event.

The onsen place and the anime company teamed up to bring us “Ooedo Onsen Suspense Theater” where visitors can participate in games to win prizes and most of all, enjoy our favorite work.

Ooedo Onsen suspense theater
Ooedo Onsen suspense theater

This post will be very image heavy as I want to show you everything they had at Oedo Gintama Land.

Another warning, you will probably have ZERO idea what I am rambling on and on about if you have not read Gintama.

If you have not read the series, please head to your nearest comic bookstore and buy yourself the books. If all fails, there are the *cough* pirated versions online *cough*.

Outdoor fun with Gintama cast

When my shuttle bus reached Ooedo Onsen Monogatari, I almost squealed out loud seeingthe giant blow-up of Elizabeth guarding the entrance in his yukata.

Gintama's Elizabeth in Yukata at Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
Gintama’s Elizabeth in Yukata at Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

It was close to 6pm when I arrived. The mini outdoor event would close at 6pm so I had little time to play around.

There was two photo taking stations there. One of posing with the police car of the Shinsengumi police force.

Shinsengumi car at Gintama Land
Shinsengumi car at Gintama Land

I posed with a fake bazooka and Okita’s favorite eye masks. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to get into the car.

Shinsengumi car at Gintama Land
Shinsengumi car at Gintama Land

Gin-chan’s broken down scooter was also there for photo opportunities. Too bad they didn’t have his helmet or it would make an even more awesome photo.

Gintoki's motorcyle
Gintoki’s motorcyle

Floating in the wind was Gin-san in his yukata. My inner fan girl was shouting really loud by then. The pink banner says they are selling salted red bean paste–the taste for adults–at 280 yen. I think it’s ice cream.

Gintama banners
Gintama banners

There was even a shop selling Gintama merchandise. Being the cash-strapped traveller, I couldn’t afford to buy the stuff which were pretty much useless even for decoration.

Shinsengumi Police Station selling Gintama goodies
Shinsengumi Police Station selling Gintama goodies

I did get myself one capsule. It was Katsura in yukata with a Elizabeth-yaki. (Too many jargons in this line!)

Gintama capsule station
Gintama capsule station

Entering Gintama Land

After having fun with photos, it was time to head into the theme park.

Elizabeth noren decorating the entrance of Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
Elizabeth noren decorating the entrance of Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

Another banner with Gintama characters greeted us inside. My favorite female character Sacchan was disappointingly not among them.

Welcome to Oedo Gintama Land
Welcome to Oedo Gintama Land
Welcome to Oedo Gintama Land
Welcome to Oedo Gintama Land
Welcome to Oedo Gintama Land
Welcome to Oedo Gintama Land

At the waiting area, they put up Gintama goodies. I was really tempted by the Gintoki yukata but the price was too scary for me.

Gintama goodies on display
Gintama goodies on display
Gin-san's yukata
Gin-san’s yukata
Gintama merchandise to steal our souls
Gintama merchandise to steal our souls
Exclusive Gintama merchandise
Exclusive Gintama merchandise

I think the partnership between Ooedo Onsen Monogatari and Gintama team is perfect because the theme park pretends to be a town in ancient Tokyo (Edo) and the comic is set in a fictional ancient Tokyo.

Gintama game

Gintama game: Yorozuya route or Shinsengumi route
Gintama game: Yorozuya route or Shinsengumi route

The highlight of Gintama Land was “Ooedo Onsen Suspense Theater”, a game to find one of the characters.

Shinpachi’s glasses was discovered by his elder sister, O-tae. O-tae was worried about Shinpachi and asked both the Yorozuya and Shinsengumi team to find her brother.

[Note: One of the running gags in the series is that Shinpachi=glasses. And the characters would talk to a pair of glasses as if it was Shinpachi,]
Lost & Found: A pair of glasses
Lost & Found: A pair of glasses

As a player, you buy a glasses pouch for 500 yen to play the game. I chose to be the Yorozuya intern while others can choose to be the Shinsengumi intern.

I went around the theme park, looking for the stamp stations. It took a while to find all five because I couldn’t decipher a large part of the instructions. X_x

While walking around, I found really cool cutouts and models of the characters.

For example, at the footbaths, Kondo Isao posed in only his underwear and covered with honey. It was from the chapter where they had to lure something in the forests.

Shinsengumi's Kondo Isao covered with honey
Shinsengumi’s Kondo Isao covered with honey

The very adorable but also very sadist Sogo with a bath towel.

Okita Sogo with a bath towel
Okita Sogo with a bath towel

A poster of the aliens also appeared at the footbath. Strangely, the lines say: “When you enter the baths, soak yourself up until your shoulders and count to ten before you COME OUTTTTT!”

Oi! What shoulders, this is a footbath!

The aliens from the bathhouse chapters
The aliens from the bathhouse chapters

Large panels like these appear at game stations.

Katsura at Gintama Land
Katsura at Gintama Land
Yorozuya panel
Yorozuya panel
Ryoma panel
Ryoma panel
Kamui panel and me
Kamui panel and me

Mini games

Besides the search for Shinpachi, there were three mini games along the way.

I forgot to take pictures of the fishing for water balloon games but I have the other two.

One of it was the paper fan throwing game. The player kneels in front of the two Styrofoam figures and try to knock it down with a fan, I failed at it and my fan flew way off the target.

Geisha game
Geisha game

I was much better at the anpan (red bean bun) throwing game. Each beanie bag of fake red bean bun flew into the holes representing faces.

Red bean bun throwing game
Red bean bun throwing game

At the end of the game, you will find Shinpachi. Turns out, the pair of glasses is not his. He also says angrily, “What do you mean I am not myself without glasses? No one goes to the bath with glasses, does he?!”

Found you, Shinpachi!
Found you, Shinpachi!

Gintama stuff all around!

Besides games, there were plenty of photo opportunities for Gintama fans.

Elizabeth deco
Elizabeth deco

At the center of the food area were lifesize cut outs of the Gintama gang.

Gintama gang in yukata
Gintama gang in yukata
Closer up of Gintama gang
Closer up of Gintama gang
Gin-san~
Gin-san~
Tsura-ko
Tsura-ko

I would have missed out Shogun in his underwear if I didn’t look up.

Shogun in his underwear
Shogun in his underwear

The other casts were higher up on the “second floor”.

(I really miss Sacchan and her crazy masochist self.)

The ladies of Gintama
The ladies of Gintama
Takasugi
Takasugi
Kamui
Kamui

There were also models, for example Gintoki in cat form.

Gintoki in cat form
Gintoki in cat form

And the super huge but super cute Sadakaru.

Sadaharu station
Sadaharu station
Sadaharu~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sadaharu~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Besides all the photo taking and games, there were also Gintama-themed food.

One example is Hijikata’s favorite mayonnaise with everything. The character loves to put mayonnaise on everything.

This poster advertising a plate of boiled ramen had to warn: “Please put as little as you can handle.”

Mayonaise ramen
Mayonaise ramen

I had a great time at Gintama Land. I wish time would freeze for me to stay there forever. But… Reality called, so here I am, back in Singapore.

Instead of moping, I should be grateful that I could be there. So I will be grateful and be wonderfully happy about the trip.

Until the next post!

-Yun Qing

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

11 Comments

    1. Oh!! Wow I want to go Japan

      Can you tell me Do you know the exact event Gintama Land end date?
      I’m sorry, my English isn’t very good.

      1. Hello! Gintama Land was a special event at Ooedo Onsen Monogatari.
        It was held from July to early September 2012.
        Now it’s over but I hope they have another next year and I can go too.

    1. WOw!!!! Is worderful!!!! I’m so jealous right now! I’m Spanish and a Big Gintama fan!!!! Thanks for this post!!!!!

      1. Hello Sareta! Glad you like the post. And very glad to find that Gintama has fans around the world.

      1. Hello May! Thanks for dropping by. I hope they have one all throughout the years. ^o^

    1. wooo im so jealouse of you trip.
      and there’s soooo little gintama merchandise in singapore TAT i can’t even spend my money if i want to……

    1. Hello! I just found your blog through this onsen post! I recently went there and found that many of the cool things you showed was no longer there (sad face) but nevertheless I had fun. I am posting more Japan things and Korean things so please have a look! I would very much appreciate it.

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