The river here is really beautiful. At first you just hear it and then through the trees you start to make out the rocks and then the RIVER.
Coming from a city called Gig Harbor (about an hour from Seattle) I am used to seeing the ocean everyday. To go to work or go shopping I would have to cross the Puget Sound. Some days I really miss seeing the water, so this was a nice trip for me.
The Puget Sound isn't clear or anything, but just being near water and the view of a sunset on the water with Mt. Rainier in the background....(sigh)
I have to admit this bridge frightened me at first. Mainly because it moves a bit when there is more than one person on it. As you can see the "railing" is rope and steel cables nothing really "solid". But, I really wanted to get close to the water so I took a deep breath and just focused on the steps (after taking photos over the cables).
Trust me it is worth it to cross that bridge to get here. You will have more proof in the next post.
This area is in Nakatsugawa (about 2 hours by car from Nagoya). It is a popular place for people to escape to for the summer. I was here in February, so it was freezing. I've heard in the summers it is a wonderful place to escape the heat of Nagoya.
I couldn't get enough of the crystal clear (almost) turquoise blue water.
It was wonderful to spend the day with nature.
The path is set with stone steps, but still be careful of your footing.
This fire wasn't strong enough to warm me up, especially with the strong winds coming from the ocean.
Tie your bad fortunes to get ride of them.
Meotoiwa or the "Husband and Wife Rocks". They are tied together by a sacred rope and this is supposed to be a power spot for married couples. It might include couples who are planning to get married. Wish for a happy marriage!
As I mentioned before it is the year of the Snake. These placards are waiting for people to buy one and write their wish on the back.
A couple tying their bad luck away.
The Husband rock.
Honestly, when I saw these rocks in person I was disappointed. The photographs I had seen before made them seem very big. Then my boyfriend pointed out that it's a rock, not a mountain. That is very true and I am no longer disappointed.
If you have a chance to visit here just remember, it's a rock, not a mountain. For a rock it is very big.