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Postby cfc » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:49 am

I don't recall seeing soft-shell crab sandwiches in a theme park before (although you can get them in Williamsburg on occasion).
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Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:07 am

Great photo tr! I love seeing Japan photos, food, and the theme parks they have. Eventually I'll get on a TPR trip when college is done with. It's really cool Universal Japan gave you a little case study to show you the business side that's nice of them to take time apart to tell you how they're functioning.
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:36 pm

^^Chuck, that was the first time I'd ever seen a soft crab sandwich in person and it still amazes me that it was at a theme park. Come to think of it, the food at all the parks was surprisingly good. I still can't get over how 'decent' the pasta alla corbonara was a Tobu Zoo.

^Thanks Zach, appreciate it. Yah, the case study was definitely really interesting. I was actually surprised at the level of detail that they went in to, but it was really interesting for the uber geek in all of us without a doubt. Definitely start saving for Japan, it is very much worth it.

More pics coming as soon as I can. Sometimes life events can put things on hold for a bit. Regardless, it's hard to stay away from Japan memories for too long, after all.
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:18 am

It's been too long but time to kick this back into full gear!

After a few tech challenges with a bad hard drive, I finally saved enough for a new computer and also saved my pictures and files that I thought were lost forever. I'm all reorganized, have proper back ups and am ready to go. Back to Japan!

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 3 - HIRAKATA PARK AND OSAKA UMEDA SKY BUILDING

Our second Japanese park was a really nice little family park, Hirakata. This was also the first park where I made a point of buying something local at the gift shop and really taking note of the "it takes two employees to properly package and tape down a purchase before leaving a store" phenomenon. It was like watching perfection at work. Hirakata was also home to more Intamin stuff, starting with wooden coaster, Elf, and a stubby drop tower. Both a ton of fun in different ways. The drop tower made sounds that you'd never normally want to hear come from a ride. Goes to show that even small rides can be scary. Overall, a great park in a really cool hillside location.

Here are the pics.
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Our preferred mode of transportation
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Made it!
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Cute lucky bunnies are in there...maybe
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The children are surprisingly not frightened.
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It's Elf!
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The first of the interactive scream loudest to earn points log flumes!
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The Maple Leafs are one of the most valuable sports franchises on the planet. You'd never know it if you saw them play. I think it's awesome I'd run into something Leafs in Japan. Thanks Sean!
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Japanese Flume POV!
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Random flume shots
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The flume score board.
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Well, you'd probably feel the same way if you came off of a roller coaster called Peekaboo Town.
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The Disk-O was too exciting for some.
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The ubiquitis drum game. These are everywhere and not as easy as expected on the first try
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The experts have arrived
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Yes, there really is 24 hour poo.
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Postby FreeFaller » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:40 am

Reading this TR makes me want to go on a Japan trip really really bad! Can't wait for the rest! Keep it going!

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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:46 am

After Hirakata, we had the afternoon to explore nearby cities. A few of us chose to head to Osaka to check out the Umeda Sky Building, known for its roof top floating garden. Great city views and a cool building. Check out the pics below.
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The Sky Building's entry plaza area
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First level observation floor. AKA the free area.
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For a very small charge, you get access to the floating garden outdoor rooftop.
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They love their ferris wheels in Japan! They are seriously everywhere.
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The restaurant area in the Sky Building was modelled after 1950s Japan.
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Our night ends with a group dinner at a great Yakitori restaurant. Yakitori--like chicken wings but way better!
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:42 am

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 4 - YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD AND SEA PARADISE

This day was a day of mixed feelings. It was exciting since we were going to meet up with Mr. Kitagawa of Senyo Rides to visit his showcase park and the photo op happy Diving Coaster: Vanish at Yokohama Cosmoworld. He had joined us for our awesome Yakitori dinner the night before and was truly looking forward to showing us Comsoworld, especially as a regular long time reader of TPR. You couldn't help but get excited. On the other hand, it was also the day that we'd be heading to a quaint family seaside park that had some great attractions for kids and families. What's to be worried about? Well, stuck in the middle, there's just this little family ride called Blue Fall that may or may not seem out of place for Sea Paradise park. It's just a 351 ft Intamin Drop Tower.

Even though I'm terrified of these things, every overseas trip has introduced the tallest drop tower yet, such as Fritt Fall, Hurakan Condor and now Blue Fall. Blue Fall was the most terrifying yet. But wow, what a view! It wasn't all about Blue Fall, though. Sea Pardise is also home to one of my favorite coasters on the trip, Surf Coaster.

This was a fantastic day. Both parks were at great waterside locations and had their own share of wacky Japanese stuff. I also made my second money mistake by thinking a gaming token machine at Cosmoworld was a change machine. The change was to help with the capsule machine addiction but instead I was rewarded with a bucketful of game tokens, which some really nice locals helped me use up.


YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD

The rides at Cosmoworld may not be the most unique but how they were designed into the buildings and land made them a great and fun experience all their own. The flume is as crazy as you've heard! Oh and the ice maze walk through attractions? They are cold. Very, very cold. Even though we were locked in one, it was the funniest thing ever since it totally came out of left field. A huge thanks to Mr. Kitagawa for being a great host.

Enjoy the pics!
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You know you're in Yokohama when you see the tallest building in Japan, the Yokohama Landmark Tower
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Yokohama Cosmoworld!
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A city seaside location sounds cool to me!
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The infamous airtime log flume.
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We started off on Dive Coaster: Vanish.
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A view from the top of the insane flume drop.
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What made this mouse a bit more frightening than usual is that it was built on the roof of the games building, which is pretty tall to begin with.
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Mr. Kitagawa was a fantastic host, notwithstanding locking is in a walk-in freezer ;)
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Postby cfc » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:55 am

I loved the "windshields" on the Hirakata flume ride. The Japanese do not like getting wet, even though it often rains like crazy there. ;)
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:02 pm

^I know, it's hilarious! I didn't get to see the famous enclosed shoot the shoots boat at Nagashima. Thank goodness for towel hoodies.

^^^Thanks very much, I'll definitely keep it going. Appreciate the comments!

I'll close off Yokohmama Cosmoworld with the flume to rule all flume rides and views from the massive wheel.
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A look at the drop off from this air time beast.
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Liesurely credit run on the Senyo family coaster.
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The next few pics are a view from the top of the observation wheel--the largest of the trip I think.
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Vanish's funky disco tunnel.
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On our way to the train station
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A great day at Yokohama Cosmoworld!
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:12 pm

SEA PARADISE

In addition to Blue Ball, Sea Paradise had one of my favourite coasters of the trip and yes, it was a Togo! Surf Coaster was actually a lot of fun and it being built over the water was really cool. Sea Paradise also has the crazy launch boat ride, which was closed on the day we were there but hey, Japan will just need another visit.
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Our local line out. My hands were clammy just thinking about Blue Fall at this point.
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Oh yah, she's a tall one!
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Fake out drop!
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Who needs the helicopter?
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On our way to perhaps the greatest Togo ever built.
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Surf Coaster in all its glory.
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Oh, the on ride photo system here was fantastic. A guy with a Nikon and you always knew that the camera was in the station.
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Did I mention that I loved this ride?
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The crazy boat launch ride!
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It wouldn't be Sea Paradise without Sea Life!
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The creepiest fish of them all-the Ocean Sunfish
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I honestly thought it was half a fish.
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It wouldn't be Japan without the best Engrish out there.
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I won't go there
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Shopping for snacks for the ride back to Nagoya
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Who says food can't show emotion?
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The bullet train rides really were great. Train travel can be fast and enjoyable.
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