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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:18 am

Great coverage! Next time I'll do your route instead. Ours was quite exhausting with 3 parks and Fukuoka night adventure. =) That boat ride looks slightly better than It's A Small World!

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Postby 805Andrew » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:15 am

I loved the free day options on this trip. It was so hard to decide what to do since there were so many things to see and do and I would have had a great time no matter what I chose, but I stand by my choice to go see Nagasaki, which was very interesting. The Sanrio park and the monkey island looked pretty cool too and I'm glad to see pictures of it. I'd probably do a trip to Beppu and some of its attractions if I'm in Kyushu again.
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby Garet » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:54 am

I'm kind of curious, I remember Robb saying in an older post or TR (sorry if that wasn't stated and I've accidentally made something up) that blue-fall was the best drop tower in the world. I'm wondering if that is still true with the opening of Lex Luthor, Zumanjaro and what is probably the biggest contender to steal that crown: Falcons Fury.

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Postby robbalvey » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:22 am

Garet wrote:I'm kind of curious, I remember Robb saying in an older post or TR (sorry if that wasn't stated and I've accidentally made something up) that blue-fall was the best drop tower in the world. I'm wondering if that is still true with the opening of Lex Luthor, Zumanjaro and what is probably the biggest contender to steal that crown: Falcons Fury.

I would put it Falcon > Blue Fall > Zumanjaro > Lex Luthor

I dunno, though. Blue Fall is still REALLY REALLY good. And Falcons is just really different. I'm not even sure I should compare them.
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby Garet » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:36 am

robbalvey wrote:
Garet wrote:I'm kind of curious, I remember Robb saying in an older post or TR (sorry if that wasn't stated and I've accidentally made something up) that blue-fall was the best drop tower in the world. I'm wondering if that is still true with the opening of Lex Luthor, Zumanjaro and what is probably the biggest contender to steal that crown: Falcons Fury.

I would put it Falcon > Blue Fall > Zumanjaro > Lex Luthor

I dunno, though. Blue Fall is still REALLY REALLY good. And Falcons is just really different. I'm not even sure I should compare them.


Thanks for the clarification, I really need to get out to Florida eventually and try FF. I guess since FF is different from all the other drop towers, it'd be like trying to compare one of the Intamin woodies to an RMC coaster. Both of them would be world class wooden coasters for what they are but different enough experiences that they can't be lumped under the same category.

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Postby robbalvey » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:02 am

^ This might sound crazy, but it a way it's hard to even classify Falcon's as a "Drop Tower" as it feels so much different. You actually don't get as much feeling of "falling" as you do on a traditional tower like Blue Fall (Which I still think has one of the best OMFG moments when you hit the bottom.) But what Falcon's does do, is just so insanely cool, awesome, and fun, that it's hard not to call it the best drop tower in the world just because it's so screwed up in the best way possible! lol

I actually prefer the traditional Intamin Giant Drops to the larger seat versions like Zumanjaro and Lex Luthor. Those are a hell of a lot of fun too, but the is just a "moment" on Blue Fall where you are seriously like "OH CRAP!!!!" that I don't get on those others...

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby disneymoc » Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:20 am

I have never been to Japan so pardon if this is a stupid question.

Is most signage in Japan in both English and Japanese? Is there a large enough population/tourist economy for them to put it in English, too?

I find all of this fascinating. Thanks again for sharing, Robb.

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Postby robbalvey » Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:11 am

disneymoc wrote:Is most signage in Japan in both English and Japanese? Is there a large enough population/tourist economy for them to put it in English, too?

In bigger, more popular areas like Tokyo or Osaka, yes. Once you get out of those areas though, like down in Fukuoka, you'll start seeing a lot less English on signage.

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby RCjunkie » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:49 am

"We will end this update with some Japanese porn...because shouldn't all updates end up with a bit of Japanese porn???"

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby Garet » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:00 pm

disneymoc wrote:I have never been to Japan so pardon if this is a stupid question.

Is most signage in Japan in both English and Japanese? Is there a large enough population/tourist economy for them to put it in English, too?

I find all of this fascinating. Thanks again for sharing, Robb.


I found a lot more English in Tokyo than other places. After being spoiled in Korea with multiple language options everywhere, I started my trip in Osaka and was quite surprised when I left the airport to find the airports subway station's machines had no English (this was a few years ago though). Luckily some-one showed me how to just put in the minimum cash without a destination and then you just pay the extra once you get off at a fare adjustment machine. Although it didn't help that I wrote down the tiny airport by mistake in my notebook and not the main one so the hotel I'd booked next to Universal was not a few stops away lol.

There was a great website Robb or Elissa posted somewhere on an old TR that was really really helpful that would tell you train times, routes, transfers etc (I think it was a guide to getting around in Japan) that I used to note down routes and transfers before I left when I knew I'd be going out to smaller and rural areas in case there was no English but again this was a few years ago.

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