GG’s visit coincided with the annual Lily Festival on Ie Island and we had high hopes of going while GG was here. Originally we had planned on heading up on the Sunday, but decided that a weekday visit might be better to beat the crowds, and since Matt was going to get a day off mid-week we visited Okinawa World instead leaving the Lillies for the weekday. Of course this plan ended up going South, as they so often do, when we found out Matt had to head into work just for an hour, which turned into half a day!
Eventually Matt met us for a late lunch and afterwards we took a trip to the most northern tip of the Island, known as Cape Hedo. The drive up North is kind of boring, we opted for the quicker route, going on the expressway until it ends, of course driving 58 all the way is definitely more scenic, it also takes that much longer that in this case, it was not worth it.
Cape Hedo, jutting out north of the island, is a fun place to hang out and explore for an hour or two (or if you leave early enough an entire day!) with random monuments, paths to explore and many photo opportunities. The day we visited it was a clear day and we could even see Yoron Island, only 23 kilometers away.
One of the cliffs looks like it has 2 faces carved into the side, I have attached a photo it may be too small to make out but see if you can spot one of the two faces! We also spent a good amount of time trying to work out how to get to the giant bird we could see on one of the cliff tops.
We hopped in the car and drove around trying to find said bird, we took many wrong turns and drove very narrow roads only to find that the road up to the bird was blocked off!
Hopefully our next visit up North we will be able to make it all the way to see the bird!
Later this week I will be posting about our trip to Kyoto, we took many photos and had a busy but fun time, stay tuned!
(sorry I have been a little slack at blogging lately, we have been having internet issues but I am hoping they are now fixed!)