Last Saturday did not go according to plan whatsoever. Without going into all the details it went a little something like this; no milk or bread for breakfast, an all day scheduled power outage topped off by one kidddo throwing up in my car on the way to basketball.
So when Sunday rolled around Matt & I were both chomping at the bit to get out of the house. We settled on driving North to check out the World Heritage site of Nakijin-jo Castle Ruins and eating at the much talked about Pizza in the Sky for lunch.
We made it to Pizza in the Sky for midday which resulted in a estimated wait of 40-50 minutes although we only ended up having to wait about 25-30, phew, because we were all pretty peckish.
Pizza in the sky is a restaurant situated on top of a hill (or Mountain if you ask Eden. She rode her bike today up a very slight, like 6 inch incline and exclaimed I just rode up a mountain!) which provides you with glorious views.
As far as the menu goes you simply order pizza in one of 2 sizes or salad (or in our case both). For the toppings, well they only serve one delicious type of pizza, however you can ask for toppings to be removed if you don’t fancy them!
After lunch we headed straight for the castle knowing we only had a short window before Clio got cranky because of nap time, or lack of.
The entry fee is a reasonable 400 Yen per adult (300 Yen for school age children, free for pre-school age) and that includes entrance to both the ruins as well as the Nakijin Village History & Culture Centre.
As we made our way towards the castle site we passed a stall doing something with sugarcane…as it turns out they were making it into some kind of drink. Matt got a free sample and did not like it; Eden downed the rest in one go and wanted more!
These probably weren’t my favorite ruins, maybe I am just all castled out since we have done a fair few of them lately but it was probably one of our most fun castle adventures because both girls were so into exploring on their own.
Recently Eden has started to really enjoy hiking and Clio, well, Clio constantly impresses us with her eagerness to walk and we are constantly impressed (or unimpressed) with her climbing skills…all while in bare feet; she does start out with shoes on, they just never make it out of the car.
The girls are also both really into picking flowers, its cute, but its also really annoying as they always pick them right before getting in the car…and then they, like Clio’s shoes, never leave the car and I have a backseat full of dead flowers.
Eden particularly spent a good chunk of time searching for small flowers to pick (more the weed variety…we don’t encourage picking flowers from a garden!) and Clio spent a lot of time copying whatever Eden was doing.
The funniest moment was when Eden started running towards her sister, just as Matt & I yelled out “don’t run you will trip” she fell, so what does she do jump straight back up, with tears, and starts running towards us instead. Again, just as we yell “don’t run you will trip”, she falls for a second time. What’s even funnier is that Matt filmed it on the go-pro…
After a good hour exploring we headed back to the History & Culture centre where they have loads of interesting artifacts that were excavated from the site and old photographs.
So another successful family day out and another item crossed of the bucket list!