I drug the kids to another festival this weekend.
The Tsutsuji Matsuri or Azalea Festival is held every March in Higashi Village.
It is in a northern party of the island I had never been to.
We drove, and drove, and drove some more.
I knew we hadn’t past it, because festivals are always obvious, even if nothing is in English.
We finally came upon a small store selling flowers.
There were banners out front that are always displayed at festivals.
After checking the map out near the front, I thought maybe this was it.
We paid and started walking.
We found flowers. Lots of them, but it wasn’t the festival.
We checked it all out anyways and continued on our way.
Once we found the festival, it was obvious.
It was the cheapest festival we’ve been too.
It was 300 yen to get in, the kids were free.
The normal food stands were there, as was the bouncy houses (which were also super cheap, 100 yen for 10 minutes).
Mostly though, it was flowers. Hillsides full of flowers.
It was really pretty.
The kids weren’t overly impressed, but I bought them food and they had a go in the bouncy house.
I try to do my research when we do day trips like this.
I looked up what else there was to see nearby and found 2 waterfalls.
Meoto Falls or Tachigawa Falls is called the married couple’s waterfalls by the locals.
Based on the directions we had, it was easy to find.
They are both behind a cafe and a small woodworking shop.
When we walked up (our 3 blond heads gave us away),
the Japanese man in the wood shop gestured for us to follow him and handed us over to a guy who spoke English. He showed us where we needed to go.
There is a separate path to get to each waterfall.
The guy was so nice, that we stayed afterwards to have a snack at the cafe.
He translated everything for us and gave the kids stuff to play with while we waited for our food.