History Water Salon — Naha City's Water and Sewer Department Museum

After exploring Sugar Loaf Hill and getting a better peek of the RYU:X towers in Naha, the two tallest condominiums standing in at 30 stories and 99 meters tall each, I took a stroll around the area to see more.

I usually stick to the hustle and bustle side of where Main Place and the shopping and restaurant district is. However, this time, I stayed on the opposite side of the road walking up and down streets. I couldn't help but notice this beautiful waterfall outside of a building with a gorgeous landscape.

The fountain outside Naha City's Water and Sewer Department Water Salon Museum

I peeped my head in the doorway, and lo-and-behold, it was Naha's waterworks.

Entrance to Naha City’s Water and Sewer Department and the Water Salon Museum

After the entrance, it looked bland with a payment counter to the left and a printout of poorly printed manhole designs behind the seating area to the right—displaying less than half of what we have in our manhole cover gallery, thanks to @Beach-Bum.

18 different manhole designs for cities around Okinawa with Naha having the first in all of Japan in 1977

But when I looked to my left, there was more than meets the eye. I noticed neatly placed and well-maintained manhole covers on display.

A few manhole covers on display at Naha City's Water and Sewer Department

After further inspection, I noticed a hall to the right of them. If you take it down, you'll see a door to your immediate right and a door to your left. Through peering into the right door, I noticed that it was a museum or exhibit of some type.

First door on the right at the Water Salon Museum in Naha

The first "U" shaped room on the right displays a couple of exciting things. The exhibit that you'll take notice of right away is how water gets from one area to another, ultimately to your house, and then where it's recycled again.

How water travels around Naha, on display at the Water Salon Museum in Naha

There is also a display of a manhole cover cut in half where you can see just how thick these things are! Additionally, they have an industrial camera you can see which is made to go through the piping to ensure that there's nothing nasty inside them.

A manhole cut in half on display An industrial camera made to ride and image the water pipes

The room also has a couple of other displays, including how much water is used while taking a shower, washing dishes, etc., with some neat light up and noise effects as well as conservation tips.

water-salon-conservation-tips-1.jpg Interactive spouts with water conservation information and tips

Two interactive computers are in the room along with a television to teach more about water.

Water flow around Okinawa Water flow around Naha

Various types of water pipes and pumps are also on show.

Water pipes and pumps at the Water Salon Museum in Naha

Once you exit the "rear door," assuming you took the right door in, you walk straight into another room. This area really illustrates the development of dams, reservoirs, and water tanks that were built on Okinawa from the late 1920s to 2000 and beyond.

All the waterworks construction around Okinawa since the 1920s

If you look at the pictures close enough, you might learn a bit more about a dam or water tower that's next to your house. I just so happened to spot the one atop Sugar Loaf Hill that said it was constructed in 1997.

Sugar Loaf Hill water tower

Inside this room are more interactive computers for the kids to tinker with too.

More interactive computers at the Water Salon Museum in Naha

All-in-all, it's a quick and free museum to visit, but can still be a fun place to take your children if you're in the area with all the interactive things, especially since it's an escape from the outdoor rain or sun. Who knows? Maybe it'll inspire them to be the next Mike Rowe!

Don't forget to grab a flyer on your way out and to also enjoy your time there.

Informational pamphlets on the way out of the Water Salon Museum
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