Saturday was a gorgeous, gorgeous day.
We had no plans all weekend, so after doing my research, we hopped in the car for a road trip. Well, as much of a road trip you can do on an island 67 miles long.
We headed towards Nago to find the Ostrich Show Land, also known as Dacholand. We found it and were greeted in the parking lot by an older Japanese man. He took us to a lady that I’m assuming was his wife, so we could pay. They didn’t speak any English except rodeo. Apparently you can ride the ostriches! After I got done laughing at the thought of my kids on the back of an ostrich, I said no. He gave us grass and plants to feed them and off we went.
There was maybe ten ostriches total and they were surprisingly nice, as far as ostriches go. After they ate all our food, we continued on and found goats, turkeys, and chickens. We weren’t there very long, but it’s now crossed off our list.
Our next stop was Cape Hedo. It is the northern most point on the island. I decided to take a different route back to the main highway from the ostrich farm. We ended up crossing over to Yagaji Island. The bridge we crossed was really high and the views were amazing!
Once we got back to the main highway, the rest of the drive was ocean to the left and mountains to the right. Have I mentioned how much I love it here?!?
Cape Hedo is basically just rocky cliffs along the ocean. There are various statues and monuments in the area. Control of Okinawa switched from American to Japanese hands in 1972. One monument is in honor of that. I have no idea what the rest are for.
|This is the second place on the island I’ve seen this and I know they are in the States too.|
Not far from Cape Hedo is the Yanbaru Kuina Park. It features a 3 story statue of the Yanbaru rail bird that you could climb up from the inside. The kids loved it and the views were awesome!
There were a couple other things that I wanted to find, but when I attempted it, I was on a one lane street, with curbs on each side. I was so scared I was going to run into a car and there was no way I could back down the mountain I was going up, so I abandoned that idea and we headed back home. It took us roughly an hour and a half to get back home, so I’ll call it a road trip.