Day Six: Kijima, Wonder Rakutenchi, and Harmonyland.
Today could have been better, but it could have also been worse. Weather was not on our side today as when we got to Kijima we were worried that some of the coasters would not be open, and we were right. The frustrating part of it was not because it was "winter weather" but because of the high winds the park experiences being in the mountains.
Even with snow on the ground they are able to run all the rides and we did get on the Flying Island, the Roller Skater, and the Intamin Giant Drop, but the high winds kept most other coasters closed.
Oh, well....just gives us something to come back to during out trip next year!
The park was actually nice, and the setting was beautiful! We still couldn't believe these parks are actually OPEN and running rides in snow conditions! IMO if these parks can be open there is no reason why parks like SFA, PKD, or BGW couldn't be open year round too!
On a better note, because our day at Kijima was cut short, it allowed us to get to some parks today that we had scheduled for another day, which will in turn allow us to add another park to this trip that was not planned! See, there's always an 'upside' to everything!
We headed out of Kijima and went down the mountain to a little park called "Wonder Rakutenchi"
We knew almost nothing about this park other than an incline railway was needed to get to the top. And let me tell you this one was STEEP and LONG!
The park itself was really small, but a decent amount of fun! The coaster was nothing really much to write home about, basically just an old style mine train coaster, but it was fun.
I will say the most "odd" thing about this park was that you could bet on the "duck races." Yes, it's EXACTLY how it sounds! Picture a bunch of ducks racing around a track...and you bet on them!!!!
They also had a really strange "auto-drive" golf-kart Autopia attraction. (see pics for more) and a "shotgun" shooting dark ride, but it was just for kids.....yes, they hand kids a shotgun and tell them to go have a good time! :shock:
Next up was "Harmonyland" which is a park based on the Sanrio Hello Kitty characters. Now, I have to be honest, I would have never in a million years had expected that the "Hello Kitty Theme Park" would have ended up being the highlight of the day!
We all expected this park to be more like a Family Entertainment Center, but themed to Hello Kitty. We were totally wrong! This was a full sized park, in fact bigger than many other full sized parks, with two levels, a big roller coaster, and a fanatsic view!
The roller coaster, while big, was an extended Roller Skater, but it HAS to be the biggest in it's class. There was even airtime on it!
The park was really well themed, buildings looked great, and you can tell a lot of care was put into this park.
Our favorite ride was the "Sanrio Characters Boat Ride" where you got to see all you favorite characters (in Elissa's case it was Badtz Maru) come to life, and Badtz was even getting spanked!
Elissa also rode the Badtz car on the ferris wheel, the Badtz car on the "display your kid along this wall" ride, and Quaker and I rode the Badtz tea cup!
This park was just way too cool! After a very tiring day we headed back to our train station in Fukuoka where Quaker and I proceeded to go on some adventures visiting the local Yakatori bar and sushi place! It was a night of GREAT food and a few Japanese people laughing at us!
Anyway, onto today's pictures!
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