Raku no YuSame as Wakamatsu Onsen, Raku No Yu is located not far from Minami Koen and easily accessible by car and bicycle. The location opened in late 2006 and has proven very popular with Okazakians young and old.
Raku No Yu is slightly more expensive than Wakamatsu Onsen ( 650 Yen on weekdays, 700 Yen on the weekend for adults, non-members) but is worth visiting anyway. There are several baths indoors, a sauna, a stadium sauna and an extensive outdoors area with several fairly different rotemburo. Seperately paid for but available in the same building are a number of different massages. The kids will be happy to find a basic selection of electronic games.
If you have never been to an Onsen before, make sure you know the basic rules of bathing in Japan. Bring a towel for drying and a small towel for washing yourself. If necessary, they can also be rented at the onsen. Men and Women bath seperately. After undressing and entering the bath, shower yourself at the first washstand - a ritual cleansing. Then take a thorough shower, washing yourself properly - the actual pool is not meant for cleaning but for relaxing. This is what the small towel is used for. Shampoo and soap are provided but if you have particular preferences, you are better off bringing your favourite cosmetics.
Afterwards you are free to relax. The small towel is used to cover your private parts while changing pools or taking a sunbath in the fenced outside. Although it is acceptable to cover the head or the face with the small towel, please ensure that it does not come into contact with the actual poolwater - the towel was used for cleaning whereas the pool water is supposed to stay clean for everyone. Try the massaging or the electricity pool baths in the main pool, sweat yourself clean in the sauna or enjoy the pleasure of bathing outside in the water enriched with minerals. As the pools are relatively hot, make sure you do not overdo it on your first visit. After you finish bathing, take a shower again and then get dressed. Raku No Yu is open every day of the year from 09:00 until 23:00 (last admission 22:30).
Raku No Yu sports its own website at http://www.rakunoyu.com/okazaki/index.html
WARNING: As stated in the entrance area, you will not be admitted if you have tattoos, are intoxicated or an obvious gang-member or troublemaker. In case of tattoos you will not be asked whether you have any nor will you be checked but if the staff sees your ink, no matter how artful, you will be asked to leave the premises, regardless of whether you are a westerner or japanese. Your entrance fee will be forfeited.
How to get there:
Follow the Route 248 going south towards Gamagori. In the area of Hanemachi, you will find Kitamura Kamera on your left, Continue straight, past the next two crossroads. On your left you should see a Lawson convenience store. Turn left at the next crossroads (there is sign as well). If you see Suehiro Rame on your left, you have gone too far and missed it but you can turn left there too and go in to the reverse direction on the small backroads too. Location