This was a busy day for us. We woke up super early to catch a train and get a taxi over to Kijima. Robb set up some filming at the park that morning so we got ride Jupiter before the park open. It was a foggy morning and that added to the riding experience. After riding a few more rides, we were done early so we taxi over to Wonder Rakutenchi. The coaster there would normally not be worth the stop but that view was truly awesome. We decided to save money from here and walk to the train station. Its not a bad walk either. On the way up to Kijima that morning, I noticed we went pass Space World on the train. Well if you remember from my report earlier, we missed two coasters due to rain. I'm glad we went back to Space World because Venus GT was a ton of fun and a milestone for me.
On our way to Kijima. The park is in a beautiful area.
For you Front Gate enthusiasts. You know who you are.
A view of the whole park. Its not that big of a park.
This building made me think of Legoland.
Jupiter really engulfs the park.
I enjoyed the coaster. Its probably the best wooden coaster in Japan. You know out of 4 of them.
Eerie looking morning.
I didn't know much about the layout so it was cool to not be able to see to far ahead of us.
After we were done at Jupiter, they took us over here to ride this before the park opened.
They also had a roller skater and power coaster at the park. The colorful corkscrew coaster was closed on our visit.
Of course we had to go shoot some Pirates.
What a weird vehicle.
Always enjoy a great drop ride.
Good placement on this one at the bottom of a hill. Made the drop feel higher.
When you go to Wonder Rakutenchi, take the puppy up.
Random duck races for the win. The locals seem to really like the duck races.
Where does this bridge go?
The reason we are here.
Laura is ready to ride.
Hmm, is this thing safe?
Here we go.
The coaster is meh but that view you get.
Why did the TPR member cross the bridge?
Check out this view!
Seriously, an awesome view from up here.
Walking back to the station and I see this river. Decide I should snap a photo and this car just happens to pull by.
We probably only saved a couple hundred Yen walking but thats eating money.
Back at Space World for the two missed coasters.
Not big on counting coasters but this was #400. It will be easy for me to remember that.
Ended our busy day with yummy food. All of the food in Japan was amazing.
Next update is another random day with a castle, sushi and a B&M clone. Thanks for reading.
Ahh, this Japan TR is bringing me back. What an awesome trip that was. It almost seems like a dream now. It's interesting seeing all the different TRs and perspectives of the same trip I went on, especially as everyone did different things on the free days.
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The next day of our trip was a day we didn't really plan out before. We had an idea of what we wanted to do but that changed since we heard a coaster at the park was down. So we went with a group to Himeji Central Park. Before that, we got a culture credit and a random coaster credit. By the way, I thought Central Park was to expensive. I just felt they overcharged us for what they have.
Laura wants to thank everyone who's been reading the TR so far.
Its a beautiful day for a walk.
Good use of an alley
Map of Himeji Castle area
Our group in front of the castle
There were a lot of people at the castle that day. I'm not sure what was going on.
Random poster I found while walking to the random coaster.
When I was in middle school, my nick name was RYU
Himeji tegarayama amusement park
First thing you see is the wave pool
The jet coaster goes around the water park area.
So if you do a search for the park at RCDB. Its crazy to think this small park had 4 coasters at one point.
After we rode it, this lady came up to me and ask "why would you come from America to ride this?"
Himeji Central Park
The jet coaster goes out and over the parking lot.
Yay, another jet coaster. Okay, there not all terrible but this one had some weird turns.
At least it was a beautiful day.
Screw & Loop Coaster
Another TOGO in Japan that's not bad.
1 and done
Lets go up the hill and check out the rest of the park.
Best part of the park. No walking up the hill.
This was kind of like a rip off of a wild mouse.
It takes a few of the turns badly.
We're all this excited to ride a B&M clone....NOT
Its not that I don't like them. I have 3 near me in Texas.
Lets check out the theming though.
All natural theming. Guessing they never have a line?
I was kind of shocked at how new the train looks.
I rode it twice and was done. Laura rode it again.
You can see Laura in the front row.
Looking down at the park from the top of the hill.
Of course the park had a haunted house, mirror maze and ice house.
They called us a taxi and the party bus showed up.
Besides being expensive, thinking back the park was okay.
So I bought this at the train station and its was really good.
Its me Mario, thanks for reading. Next update: Nagashima Spaland
What I found funny about Central Park, was the isolation Diavlo had, up in the mountains, somewhere. Then there was the Rastafarian Shop, selling everything with pot leaves on it, lol. And the flat escalator up the hill (no accompanying music, though). It was a fun park, I remember.
Great TR. Looking forward to your take on Nagashima Spaland.
Nagashima Spaland was a park many of us were looking forward to visiting. Many view it as the "Cedar Point" of Japan. I was quickly reminded of my old home park Astroworld. Since the Ultra Twister and two schwarzkopf coasters were the same. Nagashima has a large collection of coasters but Steel Dragon really stood out for me. I think Laura would agree it was better than what we expected. Nagashima is a fun park but my major gripe were the flat rides. They have many of the flat rides running on low thrill cycles. They got to turn it up a notch.
Merica! Great shirt Yin
First coaster of the day. Classic but always good.
Boom! Steel Dragon
So since we rode the other ultra twister on the trip a lot, we just rode this once. Still wish we had one in the U.S.
So this is a unique ride.
It's like a bobsled but it pushes you through the whole track and you control the speed.
We rode it twice in a row because it was a lot of fun.
A lot of the rides are close together.
Much like CP, you can see coasters in all directions.
The Viperrr... Oh wait we're not at Astroworld.
These drop rides are still great. How many are left now?
They would only allow so many of us fat Americans on.
The most CP coaster here.
You know the layout
Thus was one of the better and longer haunted houses.
More schwarzkopf love
Even their S&S tower was running on a terrible mode. How can you mess that up?
The ice cream vending machine was addictive. We spent a lot on these.
Kiddie coasters time.
So it took me a few seconds to realize this was themed to Peter Rabbit
Laura doing her bunny look
I typically really enjoy these but they got to turn up the thrill. As soon as we got up in the air, they stopped us.
Steel Dragon, we didn't forgot about you
Ferris Wheel time
That's a lot of wood
It looks great but it's not.
The park looks very compact from up here.
How many coasters are in this photo?
Huge boat ride
See it's huge
Oh Japan, I miss you so
So we decided to try this and it's no where near our Denny's. They did have some tasty French toast and...
This beautiful creation Laura got. Which by the way was only like $5.
Thanks for reading. Next update : Universal Japan!!!
It's so weird to see a Batman clone at a small park like Central Park--good ride, though. I understand that the Castle Guardians shooting attraction is gone, which is too bad (lots of fun). At least they still have the horror museum.
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