Forest Adventure Park, Okinawa
My husband came home from work one day talking about this new obstacle course that had opened somewhere on the island. He was excited to find this new place and try it out. While I was at Ticket & Tours getting the last of my information for my Mt Fuji climb i saw a picture of something rather interesting. As i looked closer i realized this must be the place my husband was talking about. I asked if there were any tours and presto! I booked us 2 seats for the coming Saturday! I was sooo excited about this surprise date i had booked for my honey bunny and i! I kept it a secret for a couple of days and than i couldn't keep it a secret any longer and told him about the little adventure we were going on! I decided to take the bus with MCCS for our first time there.
Going on one of the many zip lines!
Glad i did! It was wonderful to have someone make the reservations and drive us up there for our first time! This place is a European Park and everything is in Japanese and English. We also had an english speaking guide to explain how everything works! She was awesome and added to our fun! It was about a 30 minute drive from our home on Camp Foster, up north on the 58 before turning off towards Meida Point. You begin at the main office to sign the release forms and use the last western style toilet. From there you are transported to the actual park out in the middle of a jungle. From there you begin walking UP towards the base camp area. This is where you are issued your harnesses and shown how to get buckled in.
The Chinese Bridge
A member of the crew also does a final safety ceck to ensure that you are locked into your harness correctly. From this point you walk down to the first station on the obstacle course. Your guide will than demonstrate how your harness works and the importance of always being clipped to the cable! Most of the zip lines are 120 feet up and the bridges, ladders, and ropes are not close to the ground either. This is a VERY important part of the adventure! After the demonstration than each person goes individually up and accross and down the first mini zip line to make sure the guide feels confident sending you on your way. Once you leave the first obstacle, you are on your own! There are guides throughout the park and at all the zip landings if needed, but you are your own actual supervisor on the trek! Ed and i did our little practice run and than we were off!! It was a very hot black flag Saturday morning, but we were having sooo much fun we didn't even realize the sun was ablazin' down on us! It was an amazing feeling to be on the zip lines 120 feet up and racing over the tree tops! It was exhilerating to say the least!!! My husband was grins from ear to ear! He was as happy as a little boy playing in the world series!!! The Chinese Bridge was fun to cross and of course Ed was ahead of me and had fun shaking the bridge as i was making my way accross! There were all kinds of ladders to climb.
Most things were 120 feet up!
They were mostly rope style, so they swayed as you were climbing up. There were also nets to climb. The hardest part for me was the Tarazan Swing! I almost called it quits, but i couldn't stand the thought of not finishing so i did this crazy part! You actually drop off a ledge and the zip line flings you out and you grab onto this huge net and than pull yourself up to finish out the rest of the course. After i dropped and did this part, it was the part of the course that i wanted to come back to and do again and again!!! It was just that much fun!!! The end of the course was all sorts of crossings. There were rings, log bridges, wood plank bridges, and swinging bridges. It took us 2 1/2 hours to finish.
We were all giggles and grins and can't wait to go back! It was one of our funnest dates ever!
The cost is 3500 Yen, about $35.00 American Dollars for adults. The tour was $50 per adult. You need to call ahead of time to make reservations so the course is not over crowded. The last western stlye toilet is at the main office before the little bus takes you up to the course, after that, it is only squattie potties. There is no food to purchase up there. However, there is water and soda for 100 yen to purchase at the base camp area. There are not areas to buy drinks on the course. If it is hot, hydrate or wear a camel back! If your sunglasses, hat, wallet, etc. fall out of your pocket on the course, they are gone gone gone, 120 feet down in the jungle gone!!! Wear something with zipper pockets and have your important stuff stowed safe! There are also little lockers at the base camp that you can put those items in if needed! Ed and i passed the camera back and forth and took turns taking pictures and videos of each other.
Crossing the Trapeze Bridge
We know next time to bring 2 cameras and each just take photos and videos so we can get everything in. I will also bungi strap my camera on like my underwater camera so i can video while on the zip lines but still have hands free when it is time to land. Ha! Yes, the landings were fun. I think you have a definate advantage if you're short. You come down from the zip lines very fast and when you hit the ground there is not much time before you hit the stopper on the cable. I only landed on my behind once and that was because i was playing on the zip line and began turning and came in backwards, not recomended, but funny to watch! LOL! The rest of my landings were PEEERRRRFFFEEECCCTTT!!! However, my 6 foot 4 husband had wipe outs just about everytime! Soo, if you are tall, you will probably be landing like you are sliding into home plate! Don't forget Sunscreen! The views are beautiful!!! You have the lush green jungle below you and the beautiful crystal blue East China Sea next to you! Quite breathtaking!
There is a weight limit of i think 285 pounds, there is also a heighth requirement if you are taking children.
Crossing the rings...
If you do bring along younger children, have your family go last on the first obstacle so the rest of the adults can begin the course instead of standing in the hot sun watching you child panick and stall and hold up the group. Just something to consider if you are bringing younger children.
Year passes are avialable to purchase. This is definately worth the year pass for my husband and i. Our 16 year old son is doing this for his birthday this year with his friends. A perfect activity for teenage boys!! Ha!
Hope this is helpful if you decide to go! We had a blast and can't wait to go back!! Contact me if you have any questions! Have fun and don't forget to let go of the cable on the zip line so you can feel like you are flying over the tree tops!!!
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