Feb 16, 2011

Rikka Rikka Yu, Naha City, Okinawa Pref.

Okinawa, the southern most prefecture of Japan is an ideal winter retreat. The Rikka Rikka Yu is the easiest to access among five onsens I visited in Okinawa this month.

Located just behind the Kokusai Dori (International Street), one of the most popular tourist spots in Naha, you can walk from either of the Makishi Station or the Kencho-mae Station of the Yui Rail, the only railway in Okinawa.

It isn't a tourist trap. There aren't open-air baths. Most visitors are local residents, I didn't see any tourists except myself. I can't deny it's a bit rundown (opened in 1998), but their Iwaburo or rock bath has some onsen atmosphere. Actually, they supply onsens only to the Iwaburo, other bath are filled with heated waters.

The sodium hot springs is heated to around 42°C, rather hot for Okinawans. Temperature of other onsens in Okinawa is usually 38-40°C. "Rikka Rikka" means "Let's go together!" in Okinawan local dialects.

◆Rikka Rikka Yu (りっかりっか湯)

Type: Gender separated indoor bath, day visit only

Address: 2-16-36 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa Pref.

Location: 26.217897, 127.688599 (Map in English)

Business hour: 6:00 AM to 0:00 AM

Holiday: None

Admission fee: ¥950 on weekday ¥1,200 on weekend and national holiday. If you need towel hire, ¥1,300 and ¥1,450 each.

My rating (A-E): C

You can walk from Kencho-mae Station or Makishi Station of Yui Rail, the only railway in Okinawa. It takes about 10 minutes.

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