It was nasty and rainy yesterday. I had some plans to keep the kids entertained, but it was so nasty, we just stayed home. Today was gorgeous and sunny, so Little Missy and I set out early to do some exploring.
We headed to Ginoza Village first. Supposedly, there is a beach there where you can find tons of sand dollars. We found none. That’s ok though. It was still a nice morning on the beach. The town was really cute too. Some houses were modern, while others were still the old school Okinawan style.
I decided to take the highway home and not the expressway. She kept asking to go to the park, so we stopped in Kin. I knew there was a playground there and I managed to find it pretty easily, considering the internet wasn’t working on my phone. The park was right across the street from the Okawa natural spring.
|Rules sign. “Never play with your jacket flapping”|
Lucky us, there was a large map nearby with points of interest marked. There were a few places I hadn’t heard of (I love finding maps like this!!), one being a Buddhist temple and cave. We headed that way next. We found the Kannon temple pretty easily (my internet had started working on my phone again, so I had map capabilities). I gave Little Missy yen for an offering and we worked on her quiet skills.
|Inside of the temple|
We walked around the grounds and found the cave without a problem. The steps were wet and slippery, so we only went down to the first landing. I didn’t know what was down there and I had a 4 year old with me. There we found a small shrine and a buddha. There was tracks going down into the cave to make carting something in and out easy. Once I got home and looked it up, I found out that they store Awamori (Okinawa sake) down there. I guess we should have gone all the way down! I’ll have to go back next time I’m up there and check it out.
A block away from the temple was a small grassy park with a lookout tower. You got ocean views on one side and mountain views on the other! We managed to run into the husband when we grabbed lunch. I’d say that’s a pretty good day of exploring.