Our next adventure was Nasu Highland Park, which is a couple of hours north of Tokyo by train & taxi in a more mountainous resort area of Tokyo. It snows here during the winter and this is the park that we filmed our famous 'roller coasters in the snow' video at many years ago. We really like this park a lot. It's hard to describe because like a big American park like a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park, it has a lot of big roller coasters, some petty good ones, decent amount of flat rides, a couple of dark rides, and really is a "full day" amusement park. But it doesn't look or feel like any US amusement park. There are things very uniquely Japanese about it and I'll get to some of those in the photos below.
There are a couple of coasters here, namely Big Boom and Spin Turn, while they aren't going to break my "top 20" list by any means, they are very SOLID and really fun rides! Some of the better in Japan so that certainly makes this park well worth the visit!
Shall we start the morning by grabbing a beer from the hotel vending machine? Could you imagine how well that would work in America if hotel vending machines had beer in them? lol
We have arrived at Nasu Highland!
Thank you Woopy!
It's a beautiful day out today, and should be awesome to hang out with some friends at this park!
They have a lot of random fun collection of rides. Gotta love anything called the "Hello Kitty Pop N Smile" ride!
Gotta find someone to bring back here later! <3
First coaster of the day! The Batflyer!
Or is that the Bat Fryer?
Hello Elissa & Kristen!
There are not many Bat Fryer's left in the world! Although I think Japan has two or three of them.
You can ALMOST fit two "western-sized" adults in the cars!
The are short rides, low capacity, but they are actually kind of fun!
Love the super huge pirate ship they have here!
The lower section of the park, where they have their four bigger coasters just looks like a mess of track with them all built on top of each other.
And this is BIG BOOM!
Big Boom is a super funky ride but it's a LOT of fun!
First off, it has this really steep drop. It's not vertical by any means, but it certainly FEELS like it, and you really are cruising pretty fast when you get to this point and get whipped over that drop!
Some thumbs up for Big Boom! I personally prefer the crazy airtime you get in the front seat!
You get some awesome airtime over this hill going into the vertical loop.
It feels like straight down!
Gotta love the crazy amount of tires they use to stop the trains at the end of the ride!
It had rained a bit during our visit, so the ride op was out there blow drying the tracks to get the ride re-opened sooner! I love Japan!
Here's a video of Big Boom we shot in 2011 to get an idea of what the ride is like:
Spin Turn is another really crazy ride!
So at the start, it goes kind of slow...but if the cars are balanced just wrong...by the end of it you will spin more than on almost any other spinning coaster! It's crazy!
Camel Coaster is pretty much your typical Japanese "Jet Coaster..."
Which kind of means it's really big, really long, but doesn't do anything that special. It's sort of like a really big mine train.
The section has this bizarre USA 1950s theme to it...
...with a decent collection of cars!
Hmmm...Selfie Sticks or Frozen? I wonder which I'll choose?
WE ARE ON A LOG FLUME! Check out our new video! It really pissed a bunch of people off so that means it must be AWESOME! lol
And of course VIDEO of "We Are On A Log Flume..."
"They are on a log flume..."
So the park has a Vekoma SLC....
With an unhealthy amount of head padding...
I have no idea what they did to this one, but it really is one of the ROUGHEST SLC's I've been on. It's like T2 bad. The extra padding DID help, but WOW! It was brutal!
Here's the POV of Nasu's SLC. As you can see, this version is... um... "Not Good!" lol
You cannot bring ice cream on the SLC...just in case you were wondering.
Nasu Highland has this amazing food option....
You can rent a stick or a fishing pole, go to the river and catch a fish, then they will cook it for you right on the grill! So insane!
Instead of catching a fish, we opted for the "Itarian Corner" for some food...
Um...well, actually maybe we'll just stick to the Japanese corner...
I pretty much live off Katsu Curry and Yakitori when in Japan. I don't think there is anything wrong with that!
This place also had "Gyoza Curry" which was delicious!
Yin even found a "Green Tea Churro!" Yummu!
There really are a lot of double-decker carousels in Japan. Tokyo DisneySea has an amazing one that we will see later in the trip.
Kristen had some good luck at the claw machine and will be bringing "Fluff" home a few new friends.
The park had this indoor "kids discovery" center and one of the exhibits was all about roller coasters.
This was seriously amazing as it showed different tracks, one of them that actually worked, and the other two that didn't. You would roll the balls down the track and one of them would make it and two of them would not.
It was kind of like a real-life RCT!
Especially since there was an area where you could build your own coaster track!
Joe was very sad that the rain closed down the powered coaster...maybe next time, Joe.
Oh, the park had one of these awesome safari shooting rides!
You get in a little jeep, pull out your gun...
...and then start shooting animals! It's so un-PC it's awesome!
And of course no Japanese park would be complete without a huge Ferris Wheel...
Yesterday's Ferris Wheel was theme to cheese...this one is themed to fruit...of course!
Two of the cars on this wheel were specially designed for "lovers."
So of course I took Jack into one of them! =)
"Hey baby! Those are some cute rodents on your shoulder!"
The lovers car was amazing! It had speakers so you can plug in your own iPod to get a groovy lovers mix playing. Stuffed animals, and even a mirror. If you're gonna have sex on a Ferris Wheel, might as well do it in STYLE!
"Come a bit closer, honey!"
I'm not sure what this is, but I'm assuming that says something like "Pay an extra amount and you'll get a key to this box which includes even MORE weird lovers stuff!"
The view of the park from the top of the Ferris Wheel...AMAZING!
This maze was new for this year...
...it's this crazy multi-level maze filled with different challenges. It was actually really awesome!
They have one of these weird Togo-made half paratrooper/half-enterprise wheels where they seats lock half way around to flip you upside down. It's weird, but fun.
YES!!!! The powered coaster re-opened!
This made Joe VERY happy!
Thanks again Nasu for another fun day! We will be back!
Last edited by robbalvey on Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:40 am.
I want to hop on a plane so bad and see Japan. What an awesome trip you are having. BEER VENDING MACHINES. .......... what a great society. The people in Japan seem so..... well, just GREAT. I'm following this trip report very hard so I can learn how to be a GOOD American when I visit. Have fun guys. Dang that place looks amaze balls
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