I hadn’t made any plans for this past weekend since a typhoon was headed our way. When we woke up Saturday, it was gorgeous and sunny outside, so we decided to make a quick trip to Nago while the weather was still nice. There were a few things I wanted to see.
There is an old Banyan tree in Nago, called the Hinpin Gajumaru. The tree has stood at the entrance of the city’s main street for over 300 years and has been registered as a national monument by the government. It’s not doing so hot these days. I’ve heard that a typhoon a few years back took it’s toll on it and I’ve also heard that when a bridge next to it was reconstructed, they cut into it’s roots. It is now being supported by steel and wood supports.
The tree is very close to the Orion Brewery and the Nago Castle Site Park. We haven’t been to the brewery yet, but I’m not about to go without my husband. We found the park without any problems. We parked and headed up the steps.
After a while, I began to wonder if this was the site for a cherry blossom festival with over 700 steps to climb (Fyi, it is). By the time we got to the top, we were at 457. Some nice person had numbered them every 50 or so. I didn’t count them all.
At this point, we could either go back down, go right or go left. Little Missy decided we should go left. We did and shortly found more steps. They took us to a small clearing with a sign noting the ruins of Nangusuku. I didn’t see much in the way of ruins, but I think this was the castle ruins. We continued on. I knew where we were, but then again I didn’t. I couldn’t really hear traffic. All I could hear was the sounds of nature and occasionally, the marching band from the junior high school below. I don’t usually get like this, but I was starting to worry about snakes. Habu’s are lethal. I was thinking about throwing myself in front of my daughter and then wondering how I was going to get back down those stairs with her. I know, crazy thinking. We continued on and eventually ended up back at the top of the first huge set of stairs.
We headed back down the steps, this time I consulted the map, and drove around to the other entrance. The map was in Kanji and English, so it was easy to decipher. The road signs however, were not in English. We drove around and found all sorts of things. We were looking for 2 things though, the playground, and a pedestrian bridge. They ended up being right next to each other.
The bridge was over a ravine, giving you jungle view on one side and a view of Nago and the ocean on the other. It was also a pretty bridge. Painted cherry blossoms on the sides and tile pictures on the bottom.
And the playground of course. You know we aren’t going to pass on a playground! It had a roller slide and a few different things to play on.
In trying to find other things, we found a few monuments and other similar things. It is definitely a park worth checking out. We were there about 3 hours. By the time we finally left, she and I were both gross and sweaty. It was a fun day though and a fun park to visit.