Did you think all there is at the Hitachi Seaside Park were rolling hills of Nemophilia flowers?
Nope, nope, nope.
This nationally operated park is fairly large and has everything from barbecue corners to cycling courses. There is also a playground of sorts in an area called Pleasure Garden. (*insert innuendo of choice here*). It's actually a pretty popular spot, though random, with anime themed attractions, semi-roller coasters and even a bmx course.
But we were only interested in one thing...the Omoshiro Tube!!!
This orange tube of fun (which is literally what the name means) is over 400 meters long and it twists and turns around this corner of the park. It is part obstacle course, part observation deck and we had tons of fun on it, as the name indicated!
So if you're ever at Hitachi Seaside Park to see the flowers, do so. But take some time to see other areas as well. Like the ferris wheel or the beach area by the ocean that we didn't have time for. It's definitely worth visiting.
On our way back to Tokyo, we stopped by a parking area on the highway that had a giant Hello Kitty vending machine. Naturally we had to take a photo of it...but just as we were snapping pictures, a man with five dogs walks by.
I've seen two, maybe even three, dogs but this man had FIVE.
Hello Kitty vending machine took to the back burner and we were all over the dogs, which according to the nice owner were a mom and her kids. They were so well behaved and sweet as can be, my friends and I were smitten.
You just never know who you'll meet on the highway! x
Here are some photos: