That was the 4th trip to Takamatsu, so I didn’t bother to do any research. 20min ferry ride later… Voila, we’re on Megijima 女木島, Island of the Ogres. Er… Where were the vending machines? Where were the convenient stores? Where were the people?
This was a seriously thrifty trip. Hubby and I stayed at a guesthouse (more like a local home). The key expense was transport *LOL*. Surrounded by beautiful rice paddy and various farms. So shopping / convenient store was nowhere to be seen. Just sheer natural beauty. This was 1 hour train away from the bustling Kumamoto. Surreal how the scenery changed completely. The region was called Minami-Aso (South Aso); the precise station that we were heading to was Choyo.
Mutianyu 慕田峪 萬里長城 in December was just great. Quiet and not that many people – less than 100? This was my 4th time up on the Great Wall and by far the quietest I’ve seen.
Harness, maybe some gloves and I was all set! Tarzan time!!! Swing in the trees, crawl inside a barrel, walk on ropes and all the other childhood fantasies sprang into life. The rules were basic. 2 clips and 1 pulley. At all times, there will be at least 1 clip on the line. If the instructors caught you not following this simple rule twice, you will be instructed to leave the property. There were various levels of difficulties – yellow, orange, green, blue, red, black. The higher level ones were VERY high above ground, 10m+, not for people with acrophobia for sure. 20min to 60min courses. Once in the park, can do any many courses as stamina allows.
Breathless, but still want to sing, ‘Climb every mountain’ at 1867m above sea level.