Welcome to my Throwback Reports on TPR! This thread is all about TPR trips and events that I had an opportunity to be a part of. They were full of a whole lot of awesome and basically are some of the best trips and events....in the world. I hope you enjoy!
Japan has to be one of most interesting and coolest places to visit. History, food, craziness and experiencing what it is like to be in the company of the nicest people in the world. I can't recommend it enough for anyone who has never been to Asia. There couldn't be a better place to dip your toes into that part of the world and leave wanting to go back, again and again. Of course, heading there with TPR really added a whole new level of an experience.
This trip report starts off with a pre-trip that a few of us that have been on past TPR trips together decided to add on. Being into Japanese history since grade five or so, it was hard not to jump at the chance to check out arguably some of the most interesting and memorable historical sites in the world. Being able to only check out Kyoto and Tokyo sites during this first trip means that future trips will just have to be on the agenda.
First time in Vancouver/ the West Coast. Only for an hour though.
Marunouchi in Tokyo--the business district
First of many crazy subway trips.
First shinkansen/ bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. A rail pass is a must.
Oh yah! Food card yum.
First bullet train view
Sure, it's just a hotel in Kyoto. Not just any hotel, a capsule style hotel!
It comes with this multi bidet and auto lifting/ lowering heated toilet seat control panel
This is literally at the foot of the bed.
Just enough space for a great stay. The owners were so helpful and gave out local hand made chop sticks as a thank you gift for staying.
Located just outside of Kyoto, this temple was founded in 780 and means "Pure Water Temple", as it was found on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. It's best known for the main hall's wooden stage overlooking cherry and maple trees below. It is a spectacular view.
Another main part of the site is the Otowa Waterfall located at the base of the main hall. Each of the three streams is said to have its own benefit from drinking from it--longevity, a fortunate love life or success at school. Drinking from all three is considered very, very greedy.
Overall, the site was beautiful and was worth the visit. The fog mysteriously floating over the pagoda and mountains really added to the aura of the temple.
Enjoy the pics!
Up next - A break from culture with the official add-on start at Tobu Zoo
Entrance to the temple
A fantastic view of Kyoto
A bit of cleansing before heading to the Main Hall.
Koyasu Pagoda, viewed from the Main Hall
A peak inside the Main Hall
The infamous Love Stone! Reach the other 20ft away with your eyes closed successfully and find true love!
A view of the Main Hall from further down the path.
The Otowa Waterfall
Jenn and Travis go for longevity?
Under the Main Hall's deck
Back to the shopping area! Green Tea ice cream with seafood on a stick.
There are some good teas. There are some really, really bad teas.
Good bye Kiyomizodera!
Heading to dinner while walking through Gion, Kyoto's Geisha District
Kyoto at night.
We found food. First run in with awesome Engrish.
Can you find the best friends?
This place was all about the okonomiyaki though.
It didn't disappoint!
Oh, this was the first two hour all you can drink (nomihodai) restaurant with server call button. That, also didn't disappoint.
The grill comes with a garbage hole.
Kirin party! An awesome first day in Japan, without a doubt.
Let's take a break from culture for the first official start day of the trip for most of us. The add-on started with Tobu Zoo, home to an Intamin mega-lite, Kawasemi. It's also home to an interesting Intamin woodie, Regina.
Enjoy the pics of Tobu Zoo and another night of all you can drink!
Kawasemi was what we came for.
It warmed up fast and was as furious as I remember these mega-lites to be.
Regina the Woodie
Nick and I giving it a go. It's Japan, why not?
Not a bad coaster.
Ben, Nick and CJ checking out the waffle bears.
Regina in the background.
Time for themed food!
Pasta alla carbonara in Japan and in a Theme Park? It was surprisingly good!
The cat says it all.
After the zoo, it was off to Nagoya.
Who's up for a banana split?
We found another restaurant with a nomihodai menu option--all you can drink.
The food was fresh
Very, very fresh shrimp.
I ordered chicken yakitori. I didn't realize what part of the chicken that I ordered.
Moving on to Day 2 and Universal Studios! This park treated us exceptionally well. Management prepared a case study presentation and a backstage tour of Spider Man before it was set to re-open following the 4K conversion reno. Seeing the passion that our hosts have for their park, rides and the industry truly made this a day like no other, despite the rain.
Oh, and Back to the Future and Jaws? Pure bliss.
Love how easy it is get around
A simple train ride and we're at Universal!
Sure, it's raining, but that didn't stop an awesome day.
The picture that everyone has?
Universal case study presentation
I never liked this 'a lot', even when it was new in Orlando
But it did bring back some cool memories
Still a HUGE fan of the movies
Harry Potter? Oh and they kept Jaws, too? Hmmm.
Lunch this day was, ah, interesting?
Yes, that is a real soft-shell crab in the crab sandwich.
Let's take a closer look.
Best oven mitt ever.
It was close for the 4K projection reno but that didn't stop us from enjoying Spider Man the ride in a whole new way.
The backstage tour was fantastic.
Hollywood Dream and Backdrop opened!
Backdrop was really good and definitely more enjoyable than going forward.
Thanks to Universal Studios Japan for a great day.
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