After the way to loud for such a nice area bikers parked and left us enjoy the area we explored the touristy island on the side of the river-
Walking down the side of the river brought us to the entrance to the famous "Monkey Park" that attracts people from all over. If we didn't have a stroller and a macho baby to lug around I would have been up those couple hundred steps in a seco......hour.
This bought complete with delish looking food, alcohol and not to rowdy looking party goers was screaming my name-
Again, without the stroller and baby I would have pressed on along upstream but alas.... We went back to the main island to find the bikers enjoying....ice cream cones? Only in Japan.
This tree was attracting quite a few people taking pictures-
Aki was getting cranky from one of his macho urinations so we set him down under at tree here for a change. What a nice place for a diaper change no?
Back at the popular tree with a fresh diaper-
After a quick beer to feel like an oyaji (look that one up) while looking at the trees, we left the touristy island to cross the touristy bridge to go to hopefully a less touristy area-
Love the track suits-
Taking a break-
We sat down at a river side shanty for some grub and had a wonderful view of the river and many boats cruising around. This guy, with his one oar, was having a hilariously hard time going anywhere and his lady friends face showed it-
I ordered some noodles not quite knowing what they were. I was in the mood for some good soul food, Japanese or not, and this did NOT fit the bill-
Yukino's green tea ice cream with kinako (soybean flour) was great-
This guy was video taping his girl struggling.....ha! Jerk.
After our not to filling lunch this hand sewn one looked delicious. Look closely...it's really hand sewn-
There are boats rides you can take from upstream and they look like a hoot to ride in. There are some nice rapids that look like they would surely capsize one of these fiberglass thingies-
I too wanted to go up these steps but did not nearly have the same amount of will power this grandma had-
Rather, we took a back way that was more enjoyable I think and was pleasantly surprised when these guys turned up-
Just behind this perfect example of Japanese motoring was parked-
Finally, this statue looked perfect guarding over the rock garden behind it-
More coming soon!