四国最大級のジップライン! Riding Shikoku’s Longest Zipline!

Last weekend my family and I took a trip to Tobe Zoological Park in Ehime Prefecture. It was our first road trip in a long time, so we were all really excited!

Part of the fun of going on road trips is stopping off at rest areas along the way. Rest areas in Japan are great because you can try all different kinds of local specialty products. This wouldn’t be a rest area in Ehime Prefecture if it didn’t have a place where you can drink fresh mandarin orange juice from a tap!  


When we arrived at Tobe Zoological Park, we spotted this amazing mural at the front entrance. Max managed to find one of his favorite animals in the mural. (He’s a big praying mantis fan!)

Usually whenever we go to a zoo, I leave all the picture taking to Max. I like to leisurely walk around and look at the animals without worrying about taking the perfect photograph, whereas Max loves running from one place to the next, taking a picture of every animal in the zoo. He took a lot of pictures that day, but I picked out a few of my favorites to show everyone. I think Max has a real eye for composition and color!

I especially like the penguin photos! At the penguin exhibit, there was a big glass window where you could watch the penguins swimming in the water from below. They really look like they’re flying!

One of the main attractions at Tobe Zoological Park is a zipline that stretches from the zoo on one side of a lake, to Ehime Children’s Castle on the opposite side. This is the view from Tobe Zoo to Children’s Castle . . . 

. . . and this is the view from Children’s Playground to Tobe Zoo. 

Of course we wanted to try it! We put on the harness and helmet, and lined up with the other brave souls to ride the zipline. 

I’m embarrassed to say that I was not brave enough to take pictures while riding the zipline,  like these two ladies. As for me, I kept both hands firmly planted on the handle bar the whole time!

It was a thrilling experience! Max and I were pretty nervous while we were putting on the gear and listening to the safety instructions of the staff. Not knowing what to expect was the scariest part! Once we were actually in the air, however, all that fear disappeared – it truly felt like flying!  


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