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Southern Hill Ice Skating, Bowling and Karaoke

By: Angelina Esparza

Date Posted: 2000-07-07

For those on the perennial quest for coolness during the scorching Okinawa heat, the Southern Hill amusement center provides the perfect solution. Located in Haebaru, near the Naha exit of the expressway, this one-of-a-kind complex features a 90ft by 180ft ice skating rink.

This slice of ice is provided with a variety of services. Worries are slim, with the convenience of coinlockers, the comfort of hot beverages, and the luxury of a weekend diner, while you spend the day executing your double axels. Vending machines are stocked with winter favorites like cup-o-noodles and hot cocoa, while warm stuffed muffins are sold at the counter.

Make it family affair and purchase a disposable camera to catch all the Kodak moments on the ice. Or, if you bring a date, set the mood by requesting the R&B channel or have your own CD played over the echoing sound system. Browse over their display of hockey goods and figure skates on sale and take advantage of the slashed prices. However, be prepared to use only yen.

Admissions includes the cost of renting your choice of figure skates or hockey skates, and ranges from 1,200 for children, 1,400 for students and 1,600 for adults. A 300 discount is offered for groups of over 15 people. Observers can stand at the rink side for a 200 fee. The rink encourages customers to bring their own gloves or otherwise purchase a pair at the counter. A supply of free-to-use helmets are also available in both adult and child sizes. Business hours 11am to 10pm from Mondays through Thursdays, 11am to 2pm on Fridays, 10am to 2pm on Saturdays and 10am to 10pm on Sundays and Japanese holidays.

If you are a beginner or never managed to stay upright on the ice, then perhaps the "Learn To Ice Skate" program is your first step. Group classes are available, every Thursday 6pm to 6:30pm for 6 to 12 year olds, and 6:30pm to 7pm for 13 year olds and adults. The charge is $40 a month, not including the admissions. A 15% discount is offered to initial members who "brings a friend". For more information on private lessons, as well as the group lessons, ask for Danielle at (098) 936-1546 or Kandace at (098) 936-8700.

However, ice skating is not the only fun that Southern Hills are offering. The center includes a 36lane bowling alley with a fun snack bar and great selection of bowling goods (including premium Hello Kitty brands). The game center, also on the first floor, has just installed the latest in music-related games, like the Dance Mania and Band Mania. The billiards room, equipped with several pool tables, is a popular hangout for those working out their latest Robert Redford moves and is located above the bowling alley. The 3rd floor is crowded with a 16 cage batting range, including 14 fast ball cages with a range of 80/h to 130/h pitches. Just purchase a pre-paid card for 250 per twelve pitches. Dinner ticket prizes are given away depending on the results that are printed out on your score card. Last but not least, the 13 room karaoke place with the latest selection of songs, and the 60 table izakaya resturant, Kitadaichi, may be the most ideal service to help you "wind down" from the day's activity. So come what may, with the intention of exercising every known skill while enjoying a variety of foods to satisfy the cravings. There are three basement parking lots. Remember, dollars are not accepted and the staff lacks English-speaking workers, so come prepared. For more information on the varying business hours and the neat lineup of summer activities call 888-5858 (ice skating rink), 888-5656 (bowling alley) or 888-5959 (Kitadaichi and karaoke).

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