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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:27 pm

Hey all,

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!

Thanks for visiting,
Jason

Up now is blast from the recent past look at a favourite - Scandinavia 2009

TRIP REPORTS AND EVENTS
Japan 2013 - Below
Coastin' for Kids 2012 at Canada's Wonderland
TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip
A Virginian 4th of July 2010: Kerry and I revisit Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens
Canada's Wonderand: Victoria Day 2011
Darien Lake: Opening Day 2010
Southern Comfort: Kerry and I visit TPR's Deep South 2009
2009 with the East Coast Gang: New England, Niagara and Georgia
Scandinavia 2009
The First TPR Trip: East Coast Tour 2008
The first Photo Trip Report Evar - Coastermania 2008 with Waldameer and Kennywood


JAPAN 2013--CULTURE AND COASTERS

Day 0 - Arrival
Culture - Kiyomizudera
Day 1 - Tobu Zoo and Nagoya
Day 2 - Universal Studios
Day 3 - Hirakata Park and Osaka Umeda Sky Building
Day 4 - Yokohama Cosmoworld and Sea Paradise
Day 5 - Nagashima Spaland
Day 6 - Hokkaido Greenland and Sapporo Beer Garden
Day 7 - Rusutsu Resort
Day 8 - Joypolis and Tokyo Teleport
Day 9 - Fuji-Q Highland
Culture - Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama
Day 10 - Tokyo Disney
Days -1 and 11 - Around Tokyo - Aqua Stadium, Harajuku, Shibuya & Shinjuku


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.

ARRIVAL
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First time in Vancouver/ the West Coast. Only for an hour though.
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Marunouchi in Tokyo--the business district
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First of many crazy subway trips.
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First shinkansen/ bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. A rail pass is a must.
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Oh yah! Food card yum.
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First bullet train view
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Sure, it's just a hotel in Kyoto. Not just any hotel, a capsule style hotel!
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It comes with this multi bidet and auto lifting/ lowering heated toilet seat control panel
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This is literally at the foot of the bed.
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The bed?
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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.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:48 pm

Jason - so glad you are posting about the Japan Tour!

Enjoyed the start, and looking forward to more. :)

(EDIT to add: I love the Japanese "art" of gift-giving,
no matter what the reason! They just love to do it.)
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:53 pm

KIYOMIZUDERA TEMPLE

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
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Shopping area
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Entrance to the temple
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A fantastic view of Kyoto
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A bit of cleansing before heading to the Main Hall.
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Koyasu Pagoda, viewed from the Main Hall
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A peak inside the Main Hall
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The infamous Love Stone! Reach the other 20ft away with your eyes closed successfully and find true love!
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A view of the Main Hall from further down the path.
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The Otowa Waterfall
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Jenn and Travis go for longevity?
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Under the Main Hall's deck
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Back to the shopping area! Green Tea ice cream with seafood on a stick.
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Coffee?
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There are some good teas. There are some really, really bad teas.
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Good bye Kiyomizodera!
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Heading to dinner while walking through Gion, Kyoto's Geisha District
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Kyoto at night.
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We found food. First run in with awesome Engrish.
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Can you find the best friends?
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This place was all about the okonomiyaki though.
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It didn't disappoint!
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Oh, this was the first two hour all you can drink (nomihodai) restaurant with server call button. That, also didn't disappoint.
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The grill comes with a garbage hole.
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Kirin party! An awesome first day in Japan, without a doubt.
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:52 pm

JAPAN 2013--CULTURE AND COASTERS

Day 0 - Arrival
Culture - Kiyomizudera
Day 1 - Tobu Zoo and Nagoya
Day 2 - Universal Studios
Day 3 - Hirakata Park and Osaka Umeda Sky Building
Day 4 - Yokohama Cosmoworld and Sea Paradise
Day 5 - Nagashima Spaland
Day 6 - Hokkaido Greenland and Sapporo Beer Garden
Day 7 - Rusutsu Resort
Day 8 - Joypolis and Tokyo Teleport
Day 9 - Fuji-Q Highland
Culture - Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama
Day 10 - Tokyo Disney
Days -1 and 11 - Around Tokyo - Aqua Stadium, Harajuku, Shibuya & Shinjuku


OFFICIAL ADD ON START AT TOBU ZOO AND NAGOYA

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!
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Tobu Zoo!
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Kawasemi was what we came for.
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It warmed up fast and was as furious as I remember these mega-lites to be.
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Regina the Woodie
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Nick and I giving it a go. It's Japan, why not?
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Not a bad coaster.
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Ben, Nick and CJ checking out the waffle bears.
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Regina in the background.
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Time for themed food!
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Pasta alla carbonara in Japan and in a Theme Park? It was surprisingly good!
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The cat says it all.
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After the zoo, it was off to Nagoya.
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Who's up for a banana split?
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We found another restaurant with a nomihodai menu option--all you can drink.
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The food was fresh
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Very, very fresh shrimp.
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I ordered chicken yakitori. I didn't realize what part of the chicken that I ordered.
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Yes, there was some drinking.
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Thanks to our awesome servers.
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Another great day and night.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:55 pm

<sighs>

I love Japan.
Yeah, and Tobu Zoo too. :p
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:38 am

^Bill, couldn't agree more. Thanks for the posts.

Tobu was a great way to kick things off for sure with Kawasemi and that bizarre dark walk through.
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Postby Dragon Khan » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:24 pm

Yeah ! I always enjoy reading my friend Jason's trip reports. This one is no exception. Hopefully we can meet up next season, wherever it is ! Wonderful pics, C-Jay !
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:32 pm

^Thanks Oli!

JAPAN 2013--CULTURE AND COASTERS

Day 0 - Arrival
Culture - Kiyomizudera
Day 1 - Tobu Zoo and Nagoya
Day 2 - Universal Studios
Day 3 - Hirakata Park and Osaka Umeda Sky Building
Day 4 - Yokohama Cosmoworld and Sea Paradise
Day 5 - Nagashima Spaland
Day 6 - Hokkaido Greenland and Sapporo Beer Garden
Day 7 - Rusutsu Resort
Day 8 - Joypolis and Tokyo Teleport
Day 9 - Fuji-Q Highland
Culture - Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama
Day 10 - Tokyo Disney
Days -1 and 11 - Around Tokyo - Aqua Stadium, Harajuku, Shibuya & Shinjuku


DAY 2 - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN

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.
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Love how easy it is get around
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A simple train ride and we're at Universal!
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Sure, it's raining, but that didn't stop an awesome day.
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The picture that everyone has?
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Universal case study presentation
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I never liked this 'a lot', even when it was new in Orlando
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But it did bring back some cool memories
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Still a HUGE fan of the movies
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Harry Potter? Oh and they kept Jaws, too? Hmmm.
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Jaws!
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Lunch this day was, ah, interesting?
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Yes, that is a real soft-shell crab in the crab sandwich.
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Let's take a closer look.
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Best oven mitt ever.
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Kid's area
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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.
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The backstage tour was fantastic.
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Hollywood Dream and Backdrop opened!
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Backdrop was really good and definitely more enjoyable than going forward.
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Thanks to Universal Studios Japan for a great day.
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Postby HerBlackWings » Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:31 am

Lovin' the updates, Sir Bacon! ;) Keep it comin', any pics of host boys? :b
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:43 am

^Sorry. Travis, Jenn and I didn't get that lost in Shinjuku to grab those pics for you!

I did catch a geisha or two in unlikely places though.

For the record, I'm not a fan of C-Bacon... :)
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