Izena Island, Okinawa : Part 2 | hidden beaches, drift car races & old houses!

Fun Flying Four Izena Okinawa Part 2 (1 of 1)

If you read Part 1 you will know that sleep was non-existent on our first night, well at least it felt like that after the few hours we did manage to catch.  When we woke bright and early the next day the first thing I said to Matt was “I think we should change our car reservation & go home tomorrow” the thought of 2 more terrible nights sleep was unbearable, but one more night I was pretty certain I could handle.

Izena Forest Park

Izena Forest Park

Umigitara Islet, seen from Gitara Observatory, with Yanaha Island in the background

Umigitara Islet, seen from Gitara Observatory, with Yanaha Island in the background

After we changed our reservation at the port we did a little sightseeing; first up driving through the Izena Forest Park stopping off at observatories along the way and admiring the gorgeous views.  Next up Izena Castle; I climbed up the stairs they were actually super steep and of course by the time I had descended them Matt had translated the sign which said ‘do not climb the stairs’, oops.  Lastly we swung by a statue of King Sho En, born in 1415 and founder of the Second Sho Dynasty and King of the Ryukyu Kingdom from 1469-1476!

Izena Castle

Izena Castle

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Then it was time for some beach time. The girls & I would have been happy with any old beach but Matt decided he wanted to find a ‘hidden beach’ which when you think about it should be pretty easy considering we are on a small island with 16 km’s of coastline.

King Sho En statue

King Sho En statue

He started just turning down any old dirt road that was heading to the water, and then he would have to turn back around when it led nowhere.  Just as I was about to put my foot down and say ‘lets just go to any old beach’ he drove the car right into a gorgeous stretch of beach.

the road ended right at the beach...see my wee car!

the road ended right at the beach…see my wee car!

beautiful beach

beautiful beach

We spent the morning doing your typical beach activities, ate lunch and then decided we were all in need of a nap so drove the 10 minutes back to our campsite.

the tide went out, we could have walked so far out it was super low

the tide went out, we could have walked so far out it was super low

at the drift car racing

at the drift car racing

In this time both girls fell asleep so instead of waking them and running the risk of them not falling back asleep in the tent, we took turns at getting cleaned up before I ventured to the tent for a toasty warm nap while Matt stayed in the cool air conditioned car.  It definitely did us all the world of good.

building from our walk around Izena Village

building from our walk around Izena Village

Eden full of questions as we walked past an awamori distillery

Eden full of questions as we walked past an awamori distillery

As soon as we woke, Eden immediately remembered about the drift cars and not wanting to disappoint her since we promised we would go see them, we drove to the Izena Airport which is where the drifts were being held.

so pleased she can carry her little sister

so pleased she can carry her little sister

such an adorable little village!  (the spiders were huge though!)

such an adorable little village! (the spiders were huge though!)

Eden was so into it, Matt & I were both kind of taken back, even more so when her answer to the question ‘would you want to go in one?’ was YES! We saw a couple of near crashes, with one car hitting the barrier and after watching 3 different heats we decided it was a good time to go; Eden could have stayed much longer!

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Later that evening we walked around Izena village again but this time taking some slightly different routes.  It really was the highlight for me, I love getting a teeny tiny glimpse into others way of lives, plus it was so peaceful and laid-back.

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Then it was time for s’mores and bedtime…which I was personally dreading!

Meikari-ka house (a super old house!)

Mekaru-ke house (a super old house!)

When we were all cozied up in the tent the girls got out a few giggles and then not a peep until 6.30am, I guess they were all tired out from the night before.

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Of course the first thing Eden said the next morning was “do we have to go home today, can we stay another night”

Eden worried how the house will hold up during the typhoon!

Eden worried how the house will hold up during the typhoon!

Another quick drive around the island and then we were back on the ferry and making our way home and all very much looking forward to our own beds.

 



 

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