We’ve been on an MWR tour kick lately. For some of these longer trips, it’s so much easier for me to pack a cooler with food and throw these kids on a bus rather than try to navigate the Japan roads on my own. The downfall is you are at the mercy of someone else’s schedule. Our first stop on this tour was the Fukuroda Water Falls. You walk through a long tunnel to reach the falls and they are beautiful! There’s an observation area close enough to the falls to feel the mist in your face. In the winter the falls freeze. It is said that “you have to visit the falls four times with the seasons to see all the beautiful faces of the falls.” The first set of images is the town you walk through to reach the tunnel. The straw sandals hanging are what the Japanese used in the past to reach the falls.
Just a few more images walking back through the town.
Our next stop was the Ryujin Ohashi Bridge. A beautiful blue pedestrian bridge stands above the Ryujin Dam. We sat and watched the bunjee jumpers leap off the middle of the bridge down to the gorge below. A favorite memory of mine will be standing there with my 6 year old watching the jumpers and asking him if he’s ready to suit up for his turn. He looks at me with wide eyes and says “Okay, I guess so.” Love that boy.
Finally we made it to the Hitachi Seaside Park. I was so bummed we didn’t have more time here. I had no idea how big this park really was. To do it right, please give yourself the entire day. The park is huge. 470 acres or so. There’s a Seaside train that will drop you off at certain points around the park, but the wait for us was too long. Check out the guide map before you go. They have bikes you can rent, or bring your own. The bike route around the park looked amazing, like a little bike expressway away from pedestrians. There is also an amusement park area with carnival rides. I was surprised to see that dogs are allowed in the park as well. Parking looked plentiful. We went during the autumn festival when the Kochia are in their red tint. During the summer they are bright green and in the spring or early summer they have the hillside covered in blue Nemophila which I imagine is stunning as well.