My first visit to Talofofo Falls was back in 1972, a few months after a Japanese soldier named Sergeant Yokoi was discovered. He had been hiding in the jungle near the falls for 27 years. When I returned to the falls in 2004 I found that an amusement park had been developed around the area with a number of strange attractions including a replica of the cave where Yokoi lived. We showed the falls to my older daughter and her family in 2015 and the park seemed to be rundown. It was even worse this year when we visited the falls again with our younger daughter and her family.
This strange statue is what you see when you open the front door of the museum. My 13-year-old granddaughter took one look, turned around and walked out. My other granddaughter wouldn’t even go near the museum!
Most of the displays in the museum are rather weird and all are of poor quality. One display shows a Japanese soldier committing suicide with a sword.
There is a gift shop next to the museum.
I have described our previous trips to Talofofo Falls in a prior blog posting. See here for an account of our visit in 2015 and my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2-13.
In 1972 we saw the falls for free. Now there is a $12 admission fee per person. The kids rides area was closed this time and the train to the Yokoi cave wasn’t working (you could still walk down the path). My granddaughters were not interested in the haunted house and so we skipped it. We deemed that Loveland, a garden containing erotic statues, was not appropriate for the kids and so we skipped that, too.
This was my fourth trip to the falls. I don’t think I’ll go back again.