Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (11/6 update)

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Re: Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (10/28 update)

Postby larrygator » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:54 pm

Nasu Highland

I will admit this is the one park I knew I little bit about before the trip. I knew it had a bunch of brightly colored coasters bunched together and loved Robb and Elissa's trip here in the snow a couple of years ago. I also knew this park from closest to the nuclear reactor accident. However was was still 50 miles away over a mountain range and the wind generally blows in the other direction. So, I had no concerns about becoming irradiated.

What I didn't realized that it was a fairly hilly park with the colorful coasters at the back of the park in a valley. Know did I realized this would be one of the best buffet lunches on any TPR trip. The variety of the food was incredible. Pretty much impossible not to find something you would like. Although this trip turned me into a Katsu Curry enthusiast this lunch was the first opportunity I had to try Shrimp Tempura in Japan and it was delicious.

Ok, so back to the rides. The coasters weren't mind blowing but the park offered great variety in their flat selection and a couple of dark rides. In the end, this park embodied what I expected most of the Japanese parks to be.
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You might ask why I lead off with this photo. it's because I'm telling a story and this photo is necessary. You see this is Space Jet. A gas powered monorail that weaves around rides in the lower part of the park and offers good views of the coasters.
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Here's a hot mess of coaster tracks. I have no idea which one is which.
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More hot mess. You see which this monorail I was able to stop the ride whenever I wanted for pictures.
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See I stopped again to capture five coaster and a flume in one shot.
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Theming in Japan.
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The Togo flat ride of death was much tamer here than at Mitsui Greenland.
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Fill it, regular, cash.
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Ride in to the dan ger zone.
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The park had these "bazooka" gun where you tried to shoot a tennis ball at targets.
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Renee was afraid to ride the creepy kiddie flume alone.
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So Kristen helped her out.
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Two thumbs up for the disneyesque dark ride.
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Another great Ghost Train in Japan.
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The name didn't dissapoint. Do you see the darkness?
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Sorry Panadavision, but this is the most entertaining 4D movie ever, seriously.
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If you don't like rides you could always fish in the park's stream. The park will cook your catch also.
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Or you can check out the park's bug collection. No, the park will not cook the bugs you catch.
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Coaster Porn!
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Another nice carousel in Japan. They really take pride in their carousels and ferris wheels.
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Noted
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Is that the real space shuttle? No. it never gets old.
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Nothing politically incorrect here.
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or here
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Karl takes aim at the natives.
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This sign can be translated to "Don't be a stupid American"
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Thanks for visiting my Photo TR to Japan. There will be a bonus park update next week.
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Re: Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (10/28 update)

Postby ernierocker » Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:18 pm

A monorail that stops for photo ops??? Great TR, Larry!
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Re: Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (10/28 update)

Postby cfc » Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:25 am

I've really enjoyed your take on the Japanese parks, Larry--and share your enthusiasm for urry katsu curry. One thing that struck me about Japanese dark rides and walkthroughs is that they have two extremes: really goofy or really creepy (well, I guess they could be both).
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Postby jray21 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:12 pm

Great pictures. I think i've been to that park before when I was a kid. I remember the bazooka thing and the fishing thing. I definitely need to go back and get the credits though.
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Re: Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (10/28 update)

Postby Jew » Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:39 pm

The spinning coaster there was by far the most intense one I have ever been on. I was very disappointed that it didn't spin nearly as much for Elissa as it did for Robb and I!

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Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:09 pm

^ Sadly, the spinning coaster (yellow track) wasn't in operation for us on our visit there. They really tried to "get it going" for us, but it never happened.

Oh well, another visit I guess, lol.
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Re: Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (10/28 update)

Postby krazekiddd » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:18 am

ernierocker wrote:A monorail that stops for photo ops??? Great TR, Larry!


Not only did it stop, it also tilted to the right or left a bit making it the most horrifying monorail ever.
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Re: Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (10/28 update)

Postby gisco » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:09 pm

It's funny that I have been to the park twice and I don't remember seeing the bazooka thing. Just means I need to go again!

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Re: Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (10/28 update)

Postby cfc » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:11 pm

krazekiddd wrote:
ernierocker wrote:A monorail that stops for photo ops??? Great TR, Larry!


Not only did it stop, it also tilted to the right or left a bit making it the most horrifying monorail ever.


So, it's the wooden wild mouse of monorails?
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Re: Photo TR:Japan - larrygator goes to Japan (10/28 update)

Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:22 pm

Thanks, Larry. This further proves the awesomeness of monorails in society.
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