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Photo TR, Japan and Korea take 2!!

Postby Loefet » Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:49 am

So here we go again...

Ever since my last years visit I have wanted to return to Japan just because the place is so awesome. And doing Korea on such a trip is just natural just because they just opened a sweet wooden coaster (even though Eagle Fortress was the main draw here).

So I had planned a quick 11 day trip for me and my brother, and during some days we joined the TPR people on their trip in the area. I just have to say that the trip in all was a great success.

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September 5:th
Day 1, I hate early mornings.

Coaster today = 0
Coasters in total = 0
New Coasters = 0


So this was the travel day, I had everything planned out. But the schedule felt a bit daunting, since it would take me 24 hours from where I left my apartment until we would arrive at our hotel in Tokyo. Our arrival would be around noon the following day, and I know that I can't really sleep on airplanes then I knew that the second day would be horrendous.

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So I left my apartment in northern Sweden at "way to early in the morning" o'clock

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Nah just kidding, it wasn't in the middle of the night, but at 5 am

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First flight, for the day and from Luleå to Stockholm

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World's 3:rd best airport restaurant!!

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2:nd flight for this trip, from Stockholm to Amsterdam

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Yay, KLM haven't managed to loose my luggage yet

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There she is (I think, there are so many of them)

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This one it is anyway, but no upper floor for us this time :(

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While on the way we saw the tallest building in Sweden

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Mmmm, Food, It gave me a good chance to test the food program in the camera
We actually managed to eat up our stuff before the rest of the cabin received their food, yay I'm Special!!

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Postby Loefet » Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:52 am

September 6:th
YAY for Japan and Hello Kitty!!

Coaster today = 7
Coasters in total = 7
New Coasters = 2


So this was the second day and we arrived at Narita Airport at 9:30 in the morning, I actually managed to get one hour of sleep on the flight so I was pretty fuzzy. We rushed through Immigration and customs so that we could get on the trains into Tokyo asap.
This day we had the only hick up of the trip, namely that we had pre-ordered Rail-Pass exchange vouchers, but the ones we received were the wrong type and also were for a Rail-Pass that didn't exist. But the girls in the exchange office were pretty cool about it and helped us get the Rail-Pass anyway.
(We got our bad vouchers completely refunded and the guy that sent them to us, apologized his mistake).

With our Rail-Passes and tickets to the NEX in our pocket, we headed on towards Ikebukuro for our hotel. After a quick check in and dropping of our luggage it was time for our first park of the trip.

Seibuen Yuenchi
A small park that is run by the Seibu train company. That have 2 coasters, a couple of flats, a water park and a Hello Kitty area. When we arrived on the middle of the day it looked like the park was going to be packed, but everyone were in the water park, due to the heat, so we made this a quick visit.

Toshimaen
Second park of the day, another small park in the area, where nothing much had happened since our last visit. We were warned that the Corkscrew would be closed, but it wasn't, but the Shuttle Loop, was closed still :(

After a quick stop by our hotel again, to get our room and settle in a bit. We headed out on the town again. First up was the World Trade Center Building to get some great views of Tokyo Tower and then it was time for Galaxy Express at Aqua Stadium.

Pictures:
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After spending way to much time on the 747, we finally arrived at Japan

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Half of our hotel, how many places do you know that have a 60" flat screen TV hanging in the Restaurant patio?

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Oi

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During the nights there were major roadworks going on in this crossing, but they were really quick

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Train POV

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Wonder if this is the right station?

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I guess that we better follow that sign

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I think that we are on the right path

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Looks like it

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Entrance to the water park

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Hunchback police?

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I spy a credit

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As I said, the park was empty

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I think that Togo are planning to take over the world with these kind of animals

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Hello Kitty area

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Restaurant in a train

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Warning, this Pikachu eat kids

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Credit 250

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Strange only in Japan ride

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Feels like I'm on drugs, there are flying Elephants everywhere

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I have been of 66% of these coasters now (damn I could have made it 100%)

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The area with the bigger rides

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Liseberg watch and learn

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Wiiii

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Iiiiii

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They have a thing for Thomas

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Sorry but you won't fit in my luggage

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Lot's of stuff

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Pretty cool Carousel

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The most scary ghost house in the world

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Hmm, haven't I seen this one before??

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As I said empty

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There is the get screwed part

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Looooooop

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Best queue ever

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The train looks cool

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Lift-Hill, where pleasure is born

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I guess that they know what is coming

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Airtime

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The get screwed part is in there somewhere

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Polyp

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Mmmm, Looping Starship

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You have to battle it out with the Viking to enter this swinging ship

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The station was still empty

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Yay, we are going somewhere...

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Ah, that's better

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Toshimaen, this place had more people in it then Seibuen

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This log is your log, This log is my log, When lightning struck it, it hit a bucket

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The most awesome Carousel ever

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This thing is old

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:(

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Why won't you run...

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There I see something running, let's go ride it

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This one also have get screwed part

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These new style Arrow trains are pretty good

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Thomas

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See they are everywhere

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Log flume

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This log it used to be a tree, Now it spreads love to you and me, Hey look it's heading out to sea

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Power Coaster

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Oi Oi

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Can you see the 2 wheels on this one

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In that direction there is a coaster so bad that it's not worth going to

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Teh Towaaa

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Up this hill there is a kick ass Intamin coaster

more to come...

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Postby Loefet » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:51 am

September 7:th
Moomin!! and crazy statue.

Coaster today = 9
Coasters in total = 16
New Coasters = 1


So on the second day we had 3 more parks lined up.

First up was Yomiuriland:
This time around they weren't running the Spalsh train on the bandit, and we are actually pretty happy with that, since you don't get soaked (even if that would have been pretty nice on such a hot day) and that Bandit was running way faster then last year which made it really awesome, this extra speed was pretty noticeable in the helix sine you really started to grey out on it.
White Canyon, the RCCA & Togo Woodie, was pretty bad this year. Not one that I will volunteer to re-ride anytime soon.
We did some of the flats and the Go-Carts which were pretty scary at some points, and they still ran that awesome show that they had last year <3

Second for the day were Sea Paradise:
We made it into a quick visit since the forecast for that night were thunderstorms and there isn't that much to do in that park except for the Surf Coaster and Blue Fall.
Surf Coaster, is one of the coolest coaster in Japan, with massive helices, a decent amount of air and it runs through its course pretty smooth. It would probably be even better if they put on trains similar to Fujiyama (so would Bandit).
Blue fall , was just as awesome as last year (still not the best drop tower in Japan though), but there was so little people riding it so that they didn't use the fake-drop sides :(

Third park for the day was Yokohama Cosmoworld:
This time around they had all the coasters operating, so I was able to get my final credit in this park \(^0^)/
Ok, so it was a standard spinning mouse, but it was at least on of the better that I have ridden.
They had added a second train on Vanish, they even ran it with both for a while, but they kept stacking it like mad, so it didn't really make a difference, and they really have to lower the floor in that station since the bottom of the floor of the cars is at least 0,5 meter below the station, which makes it hard to get in/out of them, FIX IT!!

As we left the park the rain started to come down, and we hard a lot of thunder in the distance.
And on they way back to the hotel we went right through the storm.

Pictures:
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We went by this movie poster on the way to the station in the morning, and after seeing the trailer on YouToube then I have decided that I have to see it!! See for yourself...

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Bic Camera, we had 4 of these, 7 story tall, electronics stores around the station

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That's tomorrow

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If you skip to get of at Yomiuriland you can go to Hello Kitty World

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Skyway

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GIANTS

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Mmmm, Bandit

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Black out helix

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Standard stuff in parks here

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They are waiting for us

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Is it just me or does the Landdog look like Moomin??

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See what I mean...

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It was running like SEX

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And the whole day was like a long ERT session

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Most boring coaster in the park

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Too bad that you couldn't ride it in the Death Seats

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Train was running half full all day

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Cheesy dark ride

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There's another one

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Liseberg, note how this is able to go upside down

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A good way to cool down on a hot day

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Crazy Hyuuuu, Crazy stooon (I guess that they have named it after the sound it makes)

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Rubbish

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Showtime, this girl was standing and rallying up all the kids in the front row

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Just Like Moomin

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Most of the park really

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Soon at the top

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Man this sucker is huge, wonder if he is in that Giants building...

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Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, Ouch

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Stop talking already, we want to see the show

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YAY

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Ne Ne

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Last time they fought a pen holder, this time I'm not so sure

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Never fear Blue is here

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Kya

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Hmm, so every one in the park went to see the show, maybe we should head for a couple of runs on Bandit then

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There is some more people that have come up with the same idea

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Pretty

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Kiddy coaster that is better then the ugly ass mine train

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You see, better then an ERT

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Back part of the ride

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Wiiii

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Now where did I put my bike...

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So that's how you do it

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Sea Paradise

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Mmmm, Intamin sex

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Awesome Togo Coaster

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Carousel

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Various flats

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The most awesome drunken barrels ever

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Did I say this sucker is tall??

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It just goes on and on

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All the way up there

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Geek photo of the fake-drop

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Arcades

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Helix of death

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Lift-hill

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Can you please loos the OSTR:s

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This hill produce more air then Silver Star does on it's whole run

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Out to sea

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More massive helix

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Wiii

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Next up Yokohama

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Matta ne

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Now we just have to walk a bit to get to Cosmoworld.

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You can't really hide a giant Ferris Wheel

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Cool boat

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Cosmo Clock

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Vanish

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Awesome scenery

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Oh noes it's gonna crash it

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Look it Vanished?!?!?

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New Credit

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The Queue wasn't as bad as last year

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Dum di dum

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POWERRR

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Banana Coaster

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Spot the enthusiast

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Crazy statue

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See

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Postby Wood Dragon 1988 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:29 am

Great TR. Lots of pics, good captions!

Quick question about Bandit: Does it have any airtime or is it basically a speed and intensity type of coaster?

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Postby gisco » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:02 am

Nice pictures, I miss Japan already and I want to see "Machine Girl"!

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Postby EvoLee » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:47 am

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Postby Loefet » Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:09 am

^^^ Thanks, Bandit is more of a twister, but have a couple of places that produce some airtime.

^^ Thanks Bob, me too, and yeah Machine Girl looks so bad that it might be worth watching :)

^ Thanks, That's my point :)

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Postby Loefet » Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:10 am

September 8:th
¿Fuji-Queue?, not as bad as last time

Coaster today = 7
Coasters in total = 23
New Coasters = 3


So this were the day I had planned for going back to Fuji-Q, which we did.
This time around we went there on a weekday instead of in the middle of a big holiday weekend. There was a lot shorter queues this time around, but it was nowhere close what I have seen people report, so Mondays are probably just as bad as normal weekends. We actually managed to get on all 3 big coasters in about 3 hours this time around, instead of the 8 last year!! so I had plenty of time to get the stuff I missed last year. But, I'll be back here...
As most people know, Fuji-Q closes down everything if there is just a slight hint of rain, but I have to say that this statement is a bit exaggerated, since they ran everything even with sessions of light rain during the day!!

Dodonpa: I still love this coaster, the launch is just awesome, we tried to log this again, but it failed a bit this time around :(
Eejanaika: Got an back-outside seat on this beast. I were a bit thrown around and beaten up, but not as bad as some other coaster I have been on (read: Jupiter, Space 2000, Cobra (Friheden)). I really love the massive support structure since there are so many foot/head choppers all around this ride.
I think that it would improve the ride if they would add a better restraint system, that keep you more secure (The new Vekoma seat/restraint system with the vest would be awesome).
Fujiyama: Still super smooth and a great fun, with the best Togo hyper trains I have ridden.

We did some other crazy stuff while on our way to and from the park, but more on that later...

Shashin:

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We got on this "Dashing looking train" at Shinjuku to head towards Fuji-san

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Looks like we are going on track 2

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Yay, for Thomas land

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We hope that you could be so kind to us

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Other moods of Fuji-san

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I had during my research found out that the Japanese MagLev test facility should be around there somewhere

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I think that it might be the facility up on that hill

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That bridge is definitely part of the track

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Talk about an anticlimax...

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The nature was pretty sweet though

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As well were the scenery

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I think that we are going in the right direction

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When we exited the train we knew we were at the right spot

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Wiiii

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The red and black looks so good

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Missed credit last time

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So Massive

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Head first

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This element packs a great punch

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Twisty

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Don't worry there will be a lot more pictures of you

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Fujiyama

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This picture is really hard to get, but we had plenty of time while waiting for Fujiyama

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This twisty bit is pretty good

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We rode the Golden train

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This thing didn't really fit with the rest of the massive attractions

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Strange indoor coaster/shooting darkride

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Finally get to ride this (to bad it sucked)

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They are sow screwed

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Nice!!

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Screw any pictures of the new ride, these cats are way cooler

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Another new coaster for me

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Exit Shop

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The lift-hill grease cleaner was really cool and hand slapped everyone

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Beware of flying ninja hamster

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Duh

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Wii

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Yay Thomas land

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Come down from there!!

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10 years, beat that DMP and SF

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Pretty cool walkways

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Yay for Cranky

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So we accidentally went on the anniversary day!!

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Yay new credit

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Signature shot

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Zooooooooomm

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The view from the top of Mount Fuji

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There is the larger model of it

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Most disorientating piece of track ever

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this count as at least 2 inversions

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Lift-Hill shot

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A lucky shot that actually turned out pretty cool

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Isn't it great!!

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Ready to get your nut's busted??

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Super fast

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Now it's only the brakes left

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Look it's Man-Bear-Pig, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!

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Going Down

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Big ass turn

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Ferris wheel

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Going down at another angle

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Thomas land take 2

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Looks good

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^

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I didn't know that Knapford were in Japan

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Yay for Thomas

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Not as cool as the ones at DMP

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They closed down the queue to the Haunted Hospital :(

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MEW!!

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They have brought more here then Thomas from the UK

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But I'm sure that this guy is native

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Full-Full

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Start bracing for the brakes

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Panic Clock

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Fujiyama again

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Matta ne!!

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Time to head back to Tokyo

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Man this map is old

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Pretty cool mountain at Otsuki

On the way back we decided to do something really crazy, we jumped of the train at a random station just to take a picture of a building and then jump on the next train
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Production I.G are awesome

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We got a few strange looks while doing this

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Shinjuku

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More Shinjuku

From the top of the Government building:
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Towards Tokyo Tower

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Joypolis area

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South-ish

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Somewhere

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Screw LHC, this black hole will kill us all

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

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It's absolutely free to go up to the top!!

Tomorrow it's time for Intamin Madness

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Postby thrillerman1 » Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:26 pm

Peter...awesome pics! I really miss Japan now too.

Yes the Drunken Barrels at Sea Paradise are the greatest ever! Too bad they're so far away from me. Hopefully you got another spin on them this time after our amazing death ride last year!

Thanks for sharing these...looking forward to seeing more Intamin sex!

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Postby Loefet » Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:13 am

^ Me too, even if I were there a few weeks ago, I so want to go back again.

Sorry no drunken barrels this time, since it wouldn't be the same without you guys...

Intamins are coming up.

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