Our family are pretty good at getting out of the house and exploring but usually we leave the house knowing exactly where we are going and a fair idea of what to expect upon arrival, but we want to change that every now & then and just pick an area and simply go explore it.
For this adventure we picked Nakagusuku which was the perfect choice for our first ‘explore Okinawa by foot’ because its super close to home and when we got caught up in a huge downpour we simply nipped home for a change of clothes before heading back out!
Despite driving past this area countless times it was surprising how many little things we had never noticed before, simply because we were driving by and not taking the time to explore…we all need to slow down sometimes!
We saw ample of shisa; protecting peoples homes, in parks, on fences and lots of shisa faces on stone walls, sculptures of feet, beautiful tiles in a public green area and we even came across a pond with fish in it!
Thanks to the rain we did cut our exploring time short because we were all drenched, it wasn’t just a sprinkle and it definitely took the fun out of it for Eden. Matt & I did our best to get her to just embrace it and sing & dance but no such luck; something we hope to work on!
With dry clothes we headed for lunch at a charming new (to us) cafe ‘Jiji Cafe’ it was so delicious! (I should note this cafe is not in Nakagusuku, we just came across it in our cafe book and it was close to home) I didn’t get any photos because we were all ravenous when our food came, so I didn’t think of it until it was too late, but we will definitely be returning.
After lunch we drove to Naritasan Fukusenji Temple also in Nakagusuku area although we wouldn’t have come across this by foot, but we figured we were roughly in the area why not cross it off our bucket list.
It is recommended to come and watch the first sunrise of the New Year from this temple and I can see why; perched up on a hill with great views of Nakagusuku bay. We are tentatively thinking we will head here for New Years day next year.
The Temple itself was ok, we have seen a few temples in our travels now and this one wasn’t one of our favorites but it also wasn’t the least impressive either.
We didn’t do this but it is possible to get your car blessed here, for a price of course.
Matt & I both agreed it was an awesome day and are excited to do more of these types of adventures!