The next part of our adventure took us to Space World on the southern island of Tokyo, Kyushu. About 1,100km from Tokyo! So, it's far! We started by spending our last days in Tokyo hanging out, wandering around, shopping, and eating before boarding 6 hours worth of bullet trains heading to Fukuoka to visit some parts in the south! Traveling 1,100 miles by train in 6 hours doing about 180mph is a pretty damn awesome way to travel!
Space World really is a great park. It has three decent "big coasters" - Venus, Zaturn, and Titan. Venus being that sort weird "Space Shuttle Coaster" that was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf and built by Maurer. Titan is that "Fourth Arrow Hyper Coaster" built around the same time as Desperado and Pepsi Max and up until just this year had trains that looked almost exactly like Magnum's. (New trains by S&S/Sansei with music system in them.) And Zaturn is an Intamin launched coaster, and IMO, the best coaster in the park!
Our day at Space World was cut a little short due to weather, but thankfully we had some free time and those who missed stuff (or cared) could easily come back when the weather had improved.
Anyway, onto some photos & video...
Wandering around Tokyo checking out the lights of Shinjuku!
This area of Tokyo is one of my favorites. Fantastic looking at night with some amazing food, shops, arcades, and more!
And when we say "food" we really mean Yakitori! ;)
So much awesome in here!
Next day we took a trip to Harajuku where we found a stroller of cats! lol
Yes, we are at "takeashit" street! lol
And of course at "takeashit" street you can find the Sushi Ninja Toilet! Of course! Duh!!!!
We also found some amazing fresh crepes! OMG! Sooooo good!
Kristen got one filled with Japanese love!
Harajuku is the girls fashion district of Tokyo.
You can find all kinds of trendy clothes, cosplay costumes, and just some awesome stuff.
I don't even know what to make of this!
Ahh, yes, the infamous "upskirt girls" capsule machines. These are tiny action figures of young girls where you can *just* see up their skirts. SERIOUSLY! This is a thing!!!
Now THIS is my kind of store!
We put these signs up on TPR, and people get pissed at us. They put them up in Tokyo, and people respect them!
More random Japanese stuff you can buy in Harajuku. (I bought like ten of these outfits for myself!)
We decided to eat at this Italian place for two reasons: 1. We wanted to see how the Japanese do Italian food and 2. There are boobs. Mostly #2.
Caprese salad was absolutely legit and fantastic!
This was a "fondue cheese spaghetti bolognese" and OMG it was double orgasmic.
Cheese pizza was also totally legit!
Yes, Tamagotchi is still very much a thing in Japan to the point where it has it's own department store!
You can totally bling out your Tamagotchi!
Everything you need for your Tamagotchi world lives here!
And you can even EAT them, too!
This is probably my favorite arcade in Tokyo. Five floors of all sorts of games with a "girls only" floor on the top!
These "pods" are super popular in Japan now. I've seen them in a few arcades in the states, but they are everywhere here now.
The BEST THING EVER!!! They have Frozen songs on the drum game now!!! Best of BOTH worlds!!!! (Says Hannah Montana)
I'm sure you'll recognize some of the characters from this game!
Whatever game this is, I'm totally buying it!
We had the chance to get everyone together to hang out for a meal at the top of our hotel looking out over Tokyo!
Megan sits in the corner because that's where she belongs!
Here is the view from the top of the Shingawa Prince! Fantastic!
I love looking down at the train station and watching the Shinkansen go through!
And at night Tokyo looks even more awesome!
It's time to go 180mph for the next 6 hours down to Fukuoka!
Our first stop in Fukuoka was the awesome Yodobashi store so the camera geeks can have lens envy over all the cool stuff they have here!
They also have rows and rows of capsule machines!
In the arcade, they had the AWESOME Super Mario Bros coin pushing machine!
This game is just as cool as playing an actual SMB game!
You go through different levels and boss battles, the machine drops coins, balls, and all kind of crazy stuff happens!
We filled up on Mister Donut every morning. Another failed US business that still lives on in Japan!
Hooray! We made it to Space World!
The mascots from the park came out to greet us!
They have ever seen so many freakishly weird Westerners in their life! ;)
They were awesome though, they had so much fun with our group!
This is the most action Thad is going to get this entire trip!
And when one giant Godzilla-sided American isn't good enough for this bird, why not have two? =)
There is Titan, that "other" Arrow hyper coaster that people have heard of, but not many coaster geeks have ridden.
The new trains feature a soundtrack system where you can choose the song. I of course chose "Naked!" =)
The new trains are awesome looking! Very much like the ones you see on El Loco coasters!
And with a 48" height restrictions even smaller kids can ride!
Next up, Zaturn! This ride gets a huge thumbs up from the group!
It's basically "Japanese Stealth" - Short, quick ride, but a LOT of fun!
Nice floater air over the hill into the brakes!
Ready for another run?
Up and away they go!
Here's a POV of Zaturn we shot from our last visit:
"Hey, Chris! Look! We found a REAL Space Shuttle!!!"
I fully endorse this way of thinking! ;)
While we waited for Venus to open, we took a ride on Space World's indoor coaster!
Venus was closed due to rain...
...but they were doing everything they could to get it open for us!
It really is just a twisted mess of track. Thank you, Anton! =)
Yay! We managed to get some of us on the coaster, but then they had to close it again due to weather. Thankfully, those that needed to ride it (or knew they might not be back to the park anytime soon) got back to it to get their ride in!
Here's a POV of Venus we shot from our last visit:
I'm not sure what is going on here, but I'm pretty sure it's like sumo dating action figures or something... YES... once again this is a "thing."
And when we are hungry where do we go? Yakitori!
This place in Fukuoko is my favorite Yakitori I've had in Japan! Soooooo good! It's just outside the Hataka station, down the street to the right, and down the stairs. Amazing!
Yes. That is BACON WRAPPED CHEESE and it is AMAZING!!!
This is a capsule machine that are action figures of "girls squished by random stuff."
Yes...this is a "thing" here in Japan! lol
Because the world needs tiny action figures of girls squished by random stuff!
And then there is this. I'm not sure why it exists, but it does.
This is pretty kick ass.
And for the coaster geeks that need to watch our POVs 24/7 - this is for you!
And we will end this report with this... Because after this... There isn't anything else to say! lol
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Last edited by robbalvey on Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:52 pm.
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