After all the hard days of work, weekend is certainly something we’ve all been looking forward to. Since I started working in Japan just after four months of staying here, I felt like I haven’t really seen much of the country and so even my neighborhood. Speaking of our neighborhood, little did we know that we have some proud gem that neither my husband nor I wouldn’t discover until we accidentally saw it’s name in the road sign. Yea, everything happened pretty randomly. Fast forward to the weekend, we then took a 10 minute drive to the area to see it for ourselves.
Not one, not two but five waterfalls welcomed us in one of the local parks of our town (yes, we have waterfalls in our park which sounds really cool).The waterfalls were named as the Goryu Falls or Go Ryu No Taki which means the five dragon falls . It was formed by the 10,000 years old lava of Mt. Fuji and is located at the center of the city. Surrounding the waterfalls is a wide open park for recreational activities like picnic, camping and even holding festivals. Lucky for us, it was one of the town’s seasonal festival so the whole place was relatively merrier. They got food stalls everywhere (yehey), booths for arts and crafts and just random local vendors selling their hand made or antique items.
Three out of the five waterfalls are 5-12 meter tall, the other two were smaller or hidden in the bushes (they kinda kept the whole place in its natural state, that’s why). But I’m pretty sure the rest of the three is not a disappointment for the visitors because it cascades from a cliff and falls to the connecting river that can be seen through the distant bridge.
I guess the best part is that they allow you to go down the river and perhaps enjoy soaking your feet off the water. Now since we talked about it, maybe for safety or other reasons, no one is really seen or is aloud to go on a swim near the waterfalls. But you know what, dipping our feet into the water was sure cold enough to say that could possibly be the reason why – the water is just too cold!
Now I don’t want to hear any of you say ‘Oh, how boring…’. I’m pretty sure there are more appropriate places (and appropriate season) to go on a full diving. The fact that you see kids having that chance to enjoy a genuine outdoor experience amid of having all these indoor generated games are actually pretty relieving.
I guess that was a nice way to wrapped up the weekend. Like that of a tumblr quote we usually stumbled across, ”pure happiness comes for free” and we just got one today!