CONTRIBUTED BY SHILOH CROFT
· First stop was the Forest Adventure office in Onna where we read the rules, signed a waiver and paid admission.
· Next we drove our vehicle across the street to a dirt parking area, and climbed into a shuttle van, which took us to the park itself.
· After a short trek on foot from the shuttle van to Wipeout Lodge, we were aggressively buckled into harnesses by a professional assistant and given a quick demonstration on using the safety clips.
Note: these harnesses are no joke! Be prepared to have all “your business” squeezed, squashed and spilled out for everyone to see.
· Final stop before actually riding the lines is a guided safety and skill demonstration on a mini-course. Not all of the guides speak English, but we had a spunky lady from Scotland and she was a riot. We each got to practice our new-learned skills on the mini-course, until the guide was confident that we knew what we were doing.
· At that point we were free to go through the course unsupervised. It was great! There was no one clipping us in and out and no nets below. I felt a sense of freedom to just go along at my own pace and by my own power. I only saw a couple of employees during the entire course.
· The course itself is a series of zip lines, hiking paths and other obstacles. To ride the zip lines we were challenged to climb ropes and cargo net ladders. Midway through the course is a complimentary cold drink case, where we got to choose between orange or grape soda – 1 per customer, please!
· The last section is a giant sized multi-level jungle gym complete with swinging board bridges, ring bridges, and the final zip line of the day. It also has a Tarzan Swing, a big free-swinging rope that’s reached by climbing a series of tall ladders. You fasten your clip into the rope, and then launch yourself off the platform! After a short free fall, you swing Tarzan-style right into a floppy cargo net! It’s a hoot!
· There are plenty of chances to take pictures and video. If you haven’t gone already, plan the outing right now!
Directions:Take Highway 58 to the Renaissance Resort (Marriott). Turn onto Highway 6 for roughly 3 Kilometers and watch for the Forest Adventure Park Office on your left.
Operating Hours: Park is open daily from 9-5; last entry must be by 4 p.m.; closed for bad weather and holidays. Call 098-963-0088 for updates and reservations.
Price: 18 and older is 3,500 yen. Under 18 is 2,500 yen. Family of three is 8,000 yen; family of four is 9,500 yen; and family of 5 is 11,000 yen.
Reservations: A group of 8 or more requires a reservation; the reservation office is open until 6 p.m. daily.
Restrictions: Participants must be at least 140 cm tall (roughly 4 foot 6 inches) and weigh less than 130 kg (about 286 lbs). No pregnant women or flip-flops/slip-on shoes allowed on obstacles.
Amenities: Port-A-Squatty bathrooms are available behind the Wipeout Lodge.
WELL?! Why are you still sitting there? Get off your duff, find out if it’s open and GO!