This past weekend, I turned 25! Woohoo! I figured by now I’d probably start dreading birthdays, but getting older has been surprisingly enjoyable (aside from the crows feet that sneakily popped up around my eyes.) I was very pleased that my birthday fell on a Friday as well because it meant that I could *pretty much* get away with extending my special day all throughout the weekend... Can you really blame me?
Since it was my birthday weekend, I got to make the autonomous decision that following day (Saturday) to head up 1.5 hours North to see Tadake waterfall! As you can see by the title of this post though, we actually didnt end up visiting this site because unlike our last visit 2 years ago (check that out here), the entrance to this waterfall now had a fee! There was no way Ben and I were going to shell out ¥300 to see a natural wonder so we unanimously agreed to set our sites on a different place. By this point though we were REALLY excited to splash around at a waterfall so we were determined to find one no matter what (not exactly a hard task on a subtropical island.) Fortunately for us, there was another well known spot about 15 minutes away that was guaranteed to be fee-less and just as beautiful.
Fukugawa Falls, the site we ended up visiting, was free to enter and surprisingly much more accessible. Unlike Tadake Falls, where you are trekking through a river to reach it, the pathway to Fukugawa Falls was entirely dry and consisted of an easy-to-navigate jungle trail.
The waterfall itself was breathtaking, although coming from me that’s not saying much because I’m always impressed by any waterfall I come across! In pictures it does look a bit small and thin, but in reality it was at least 40 feet high and and there was enough water at the base to drench 3+ people.
Ben and I stupidly forgot to bring our water shoes but that didn’t stop us from taking a dip in the cool, clear water. We were a bit nervous about the creatures that might be lurking beneath but there was no way we werent taking advantage of this gorgeous swimming hole!
Our trip to Fukugawa Falls was exactly how I pictured spending my birthday, surrounded by nature and having a blast with my number one dude. I feel like my life has continued to get better with each birthday that goes by so I really can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me! Until next time...
We're Kara, Ben and baby Zoe also known as the Lesniaks. We’re a Marine Corps family currently stationed in Yorktown, Virginia after a three year tour in Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy our adventures, travels, photos, thoughts, and life together!
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