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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby cfc » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:12 pm

Hanayashiki--half the fun is getting there. I really enjoyed seeing that funky, older part of Tokyo, too.
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Postby larrygator » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:44 pm

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Hmm, I wonder what the difference between the 4000 and 6000 yen services were???


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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby larrygator » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:49 pm

Toshimaen

If you all remember, TPR did a trip to Japan back in June and I started a Photo TR shortly thereafter. Time to revisit and try to finish this up.

So up next is Toshimaen. I had not heard a lot of praise for this park ahead of time but I loved the place. This was probably the park most affected by power saving as many of the larger flats were either down or on rotating schedules. I guess the reason I really loved the park was the combination of old school flats (in great locations) and a couple of dark rides. Nothing to really speak of coaster wise. Sure the landscaping wasn't the best and parts of the park looked run down, but I can easily overlook that if the rides are fun.
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Yup, this looks like the place.
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What's that? A flat ride on top of a building. I love it!
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And another. Hello, Kennywood.
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and another. In total were were 5 or rides on top of buildings including their Wave Swinger, Troika and possibly a Breakdance, also. All great classic flats.
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The Condor never did open on this day, but that's OK as my Condor buddy was not on the trip. Hi Lou!
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The park had a beautiful carousel with rocking horses.
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Mystery Zone was a good ghost train if you like those things.
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I don't remember anything about this haunted walk through, but I think I did it twice.
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BreakDance was other casuality of the power saving measures in Japan.
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But not the Troika.
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I love Flying Carpets. Luckly it opened right before we left the park.
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Hey it's Elissa and Kristen. I wonder where they are going?
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Maybe they are going to the Frog Hopper. I hear KidTums loves them.
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Maybe they are going to the "Puppy Petting" area.
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Or maybe they are leaving the park to eat at Mickey D's.
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They probably did all three but I caught up with them at Mickey D's. Shocking isn't it?
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TPScabby playing with his Alpine Slide wounds.
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Random foot shot for Rex Ryan.
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Another one.
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Yes, that's a good look for you Bryan.
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And here is the park's mascot and proof of the exact day I was at Toshimaen. Hope you all enjoy.
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Postby jray21 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:11 pm

I miss Toshimaen! I used to visit there as a kid since my aunt lives nearby, but I haven't been for a few years. They some some good food choices, and the flats on top of the buildings are very interesting. Too bad a lot of the flats were down, but it's totally understandable. Did you guys visit the famous Toys R Us nearby?
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Postby SharkTums » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:14 pm

^I know at least a few of us did! ;)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (updated 10/2

Postby larrygator » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:16 pm

Foodwise, I almost ordered something at Toshimaen that looked real good in the picture as I and thought it was some type of dessert with a chocolate sauce. Luckily I scrutinized the picture a little more before ordered and realized it was some type of octopus ball.
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I think this was what I almost ordered.
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Postby ernierocker » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:21 pm

^Ignorance is not bliss in this case!
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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (updated 10/2

Postby jray21 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:47 pm

^^That would have been terrible. Octopus balls are one of the few things I am not a fan of. They always look so good, so I order them thinking I must have just had a bad one before, but then I quickly am reminded that I don't like them.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (updated 10/2

Postby larrygator » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:12 pm

The second park we visited on this day was Seibuen Yuenchi, This stood out to me as the quirkiest park in Japan.

The park appears to be built into a bowl with a kids area in the center at the lowest point and flat rides in concentric circles at points higher up in the bowl. You arrive at the park and look into the bowl and the park doesn't look that impressive because you can't see a lot of the rides. The path are narrow in many places as you navigate from ride to ride. The park lets the trees and shrubbery grow and at first glance it does work well manicured but they were a lot of gardeners present doing minor trimming.

This is the park where you have to sit in chairs before you can board the coaster. The food also has self serve vendor machines with hot dogs, noodles and french fries. With that said:
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As you can see, the kid's area used the park's Hello Kitty license.
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Who doesn't love the tea cups?
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Elissa Badtz-Maru doesn't like spinny rides.
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Paul demonstrates how the park lets their trees grow.
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But if you look at this picture you can see the shubbery is manicured.
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This picture is taken from one level (circle) above the Octopus and Pirate ship and you can barely see the kid's area in the background (which is one level lower in the bowl).
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The Wave Swinger appeared to be closed, but as my group approached the entrance a ride operator appeared to start the ride.
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As rare is they are in Japan, we found a ginat wheel in the park.
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The only ride that can be seen over the tree line.
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Paul found a drink can with an image of a robot and then we found a robot.


I only took this picture because Paul looks goofy. A 6ft 4in, red headed guy wearing sunglasses in Japan. No you don't stand out at all.
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My favorite part of the park.
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I get to ride a coaster I never rode before. Cha Ching!
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Another haunted walk through with creepy Japanese dolls.
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Do you know what this is? It's another Flying Carpet; I scored two in one day. Winning!
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The park also had a very ornate Carousel.
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There was an adjoining waterpark that could barely be seen from the ride area.
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Lastly, here is one of those hot food vending machines. I think a couple of people tried the noodles or fries, but I didn't.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (updated 10/6

Postby cfc » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:36 pm

I'm a little leery of those hot-food vending machines, too.
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