Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river

Today, we spent our day on some local adventures. First, we helped clean the church and took the missionaries out to breakfast at Burger King. Then, as the sun started warming everything up, we took a bus down to Kannonzaki Park for a hike and the roller slides! Japan is really hilly, so lots of parks feature roller slides down the natural slopes. 
Lovely view of Tokyo Bay

Of course, it's a hike to get there, but today it was worth it. Our primary route to the slides was blocked by some tree cutters, so we had to hike up some stairs of death to get to the top of the hill. While we were hiking around to find the detour, we discovered some ruins of a citadel of the former Imperial Army, which were neat to see. Turns out this park may also have connections to Gulliver's Travels and Godzilla - so we should do a little more research and go exploring again! Learning this helps make the extra detour worth it. 

As expected, the highlight of the trip was the roller slides! We each went down twice. Since you have to hike back to the top of the slide, and we'd already been hiking for awhile, we didn't have much more in us energy wise. We will just have to come back! 
It's me!

On the way back home, we stopped by one of the very few places I know in Japan where you can get Slurpees. 7-11 (or 7 and I-holdings here), and other convenience stores (konbini), are extremely popular here, but Slurpees are rare. I'll have to do another post just on konbini, because they are amazing.
Fanta Melon for Blake, Fanta Grape for me!

It was a smaller adventure overall, but one I look forward to doing again.


Giggles said...

I've gone to Park City and done the Alpine Slide and the bobsled run, those look similar. Except you get to ride the ski lift to the top of those instead of hiking.

AmandaStretch said...

Those are longer slides too, I imagine.