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[Photo TR] Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby Itachi » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:30 pm

So, both in 2016 and 2017, I went to Japan. While it was totally expected in 2016, it was not that expected in 2017. I just kind of took a chance to go to a summer school of a university my own university is connected to, and I planned some holiday time around it. I hit up some parks. Mostly new, although in Tokyo, I also hit up Tokyo Joypolis, Yomiuriland en Tokyo Dome City again. The first two because I mist a coaster last year, the last one because going on an Intamin Mega Coaster in the middle of Tokyo is just plain fun. For Dutch readers, yes, I already shared quite some of my trip reports on a Dutch forum. The ones I share here are altered from the ones on that forum, obviously because of the different language. I also changed the lay-out of my trip reports I post here, since I want to figure out what form works best for me. I hope you will have fun reading these reports. I surely like writing them!

Tokyo Joypolis - 07/29

After I arrived in Tokyo and rested in the hostel in a bit, I decided to spend the rest of my day in Tokyo Joypolis. I visited this place last year, but the coaster was closed at that time because they converted the ride from Veil of Dark to Geki-on Live Coaster. This year I was more successful. With two visits, it was an expensive credit, even with both the foreigner and the evening discount, but this place is more than just the coaster and really awesome to visit, so I can't really say it bothered my for even a moment. I really like Tokyo Joypolis. It is by no means a full-day trip, but the many wacky rides and nice atmosphere this place has is something I appreciate. Of course, ending the day with a view over the Rainbow Bridge and an illuminated Tokyo is not that bad as well. The experience was not new for me, but again, I had an awesome day here.

Roller coaster

Geki-on Live Coaster - Just to get it out of the way, this ride is pure awesomeness! While the coaster section is decent, but nothing too spectacular, just pure fun, the rhythm game before the coaster section is awesome. During my visit, there were two programs. The first one featured Sonic the Hedgehog on the first and third screens, as well as in the last coaster section, while Lopit, the park's mascot, was featured on second and fourth screen, and the second one had the opposite order. The rhythm game was just pure fun and riding roller coasters with J-pop on the background to stir things up is even more awesome. I just love the total experience, and found the technique of the moving screens during the rhythm game very interesting. Not the best coaster ever, but for me, awesome as a total experience. Of course, my liking for on-ride music also helps with this one. Since there was no line during my visit, I did the coaster several times.

Other rides

Transformers simulator - Crazy simulator which moves in all directions, including upside down, while you play a fun shooter game. The capacity is way too low but it's an awesome simulator. Too bad one of the three was broken today, which lowered the capacity even more, but it was not that busy so the wait was short.

Halfpipe Tokyo - I did this one with another solo traveler I met in Tokyo Joypolis. Managed to spin quite a few times while riding this. Awesome interactive ride. I really had a lot of fun while riding this. I lost that stranger, by the way, after I rode this and the coaster with him since he wanted to do the Biohazard walkthrough while I am not really into scary things. Thought we would meet again after he did the walkthrough, but apparantly not. Oops?

Wild River - So I had some time to spare and this one had no line. I did it last year so it was not new for me, but it is a nice simulator. Really family friendly, and just fun. Really liked how the operator tried to stir up the mood with yelling WANDOOO or whatever she yelled in Japanese. In that sense, nothing had changed in comparison to last year though. I skipped the other two "wild" attractions, since I rode them last year.

Storm-G - Very cool racing game where you are in a bobsled which can go upside down. Just like the Transformers simulator quite an intense experience. Really liked this one as well.

Car simulator - So, somewhere in a corner was a car simulator with real cars, which I skipped last year because I did not see it. Really fun ride, although not as good as Storm-G and the Transformers simulator. Just more family friendly. Still an awesome attraction though, even if it is just for the real-size cars.

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Re: Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:33 am

Cool report! I've always been fascinated that the Gerstlauer spinner added an inversion.
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Re: Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby 805Andrew » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:02 am

I loved that place when I went to Japan in 2015. I only got to spend a few hours there but I could've spent more time there since there's so many different simulators and games to try. The games in the men's room were hilarious.
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Re: Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby Itachi » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:19 am

^^ & ^ Thanks for the comments guys, glad to know that my report is read! An indeed, Joypolis and the spinner are definitely really interesting. I'm happy I got to visit to place. :)

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Kodomo no Kuni - 07-30-17

This day, I started with some credit whoring. Kodomo no Kuni is a park located in the outskirts of Tokyo. When I say park, I do not mean an amusement park, but it is more a nature park, with many paths to walk. Along those paths, here and there some playground equipment can be found. of which a small roller coaster, along with a few other mechanical attractions, is the biggest ride. The maintenance of that equipment, as well as the maintenance of the general look of the park, is probably also the reason why the park has a small entrance fee. Apart from the entrance fee, the bigger, mechanical rides also require a small fee. I intended to walk around a bit after I did the roller coaster, but since it began to drizzle a bit while it was not that warm, for which I was not dressed, I left soon after I got the credit. It was a shame, especially since this park was an ammo base for the Japanese army during World War II, which you can still see in some places, I read somewhere. Would be interesting! For families with small kids, this looks like a nice day out. For me, however, especially with the drizzle, it was just a credit whoring location.

The coaster

Rolling Cycle - So, this is basically just a kiddie. It contains of a lift hill, a curve, a hill, some trick track and a curve back to the station. Nothing to extreme. What is interesting is that the train, however, has pedals in it. I don't know if they really work, but it took some force to actually go around, so it felt like they were working. Do I really think that? No. But it certainly is interesting.

Yomiuriland - 07-30-17

I could have gone to Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Resort to whore the kiddie and ride some quite interesting flat rides they have there, but instead, I chose to go to Yomiuriland. I had been there last year, so I knew what to expect, but last year, Spin Runway was randomly closed. I went back to the park and although it had only been one year, some things changed. It started before I entered the park. The entrance was not opposite of the ropeway, which connects the park with the train station, anymore, leading directly into the park's newest area.Instead, the entrance was behind the ropeway. What made it confusing is that the old entrance was still there and staffed, but the lady refused to let me proceed to the ticket desk to buy a ticket. When she walked with me to the new entrance, also staffed, I finally got what she tried to make clear of me, when talking in broken English and pointing towards the ropeway. Why staffing two entrances? I still don't get it.

In the park itself, the line-up had not changed that much. Everything was basically the same, with the exception that a few kiddie rides were added in the area around the ferris wheel. Good addition, since that area was quite dead last year and could some action. The other, bigger change was that a lot of the bigger attractions were themed to some movie called High & Low. I didn't know that it was a movie until I looked it up after my visit. At several attractions, the park played loud J-pop and posters and banners of Japanese boy bands dressed up as bikers. or apparently biking gangs or something like that from the movie, were found all around some attractions and throughout the park. Some staff members also had weird attires themed to the movie. Very strange, but I bet it brings in some money for the park. To top that, the construction area last year, was now partly filled with High & Low: The Land, which was some kind of museum or experience. It didn't have my interest, but from time to time a saw people going in. If it brings in money and more guests, I can't blame the park for pulling off a Six Flags. Didn't even bother me at all, since the rides were still good.

Overall, I still liked the park. The park needs some more atmosphere, but it improved in comparison the last year, so that was good to see. I multiple spins on Spin Runway and Bandit, and also did a lot of the other attractions. Just a cool place to visit! I definitely recommend this park to coaster fans. Bandit and Spin Runway are cool rides to visit, and the total set of attraction in this park is just good. I will definitely be back in the future, although it may take some years. Adding another new coaster would help me getting back.

The coasters

Spin Runway - I missed this coaster last year, when it was brand new. Quite a bummer, since Geki-On Live Coaster, at that time called Veil of Dark, was also closed. Now, for a second, it looked closed with a staff member guarding the entrance, but it wasn't. The staff member was just there to explain all the safety rules, or, in the case of foreigners, show a translated sign which you have to read for 1.5 seconds. The ride itself was very good. The queue was themed nicely, as well as the ride. On the lift hill, there was this weird interactive game were you had to chose an outfit and gather the pieces of that outfit in an interactive game, containing the mascot of the park and controlled through a button on the restraint. After that game on the spiraling lift hill, you hear a loud voice shouting "SPIIINNN RUNWAYYYYY" and off you go. The lay-out is just as expected of a spinning coaster. Nothing too extreme, but really enjoying. In combination with the theming, however, the park has quite a good ride. Just like Geki-On Live Coaster, the total experience of this ride is just superb. The park has an excellent family coaster with this quite new coaster. I hope they will continue to add such high quality rides to the park. I loved it!

Bandit - I did this one last year. Nothing had really changed, except for the High & Low theming around the ride and the High & Low outifts of the staff, which made them look like gangsters or something in that direction. Although the train doesn't provide that much leg room and the restraint gets fastened quite tight due to the forces of the ride, pressing on the shoulders, this ride is just so good. Is has airtime, nice G-forces and that little bit of Japanese wrongness which, in combination, makes it an excellent ride. Again, I loved it! Also the fact that this ride is, for some part, a terrain coaster, is really nice. It looks beautiful, spreading over the mountain Yomiuriland is located on.

Momonga Standing and Loop Coaster - This one was not open when I arrived. There was a staff member standing at the entrance off the ride, constantly holding a big sign which said it was closed for maintenance. On a side note, quite a boring job if you ask me. Also, in many parks, they just would have put the sign before the entrance and that's that. That's Japan for you. Anyway, this maintenance was even quite visible, which is not always the case in parks. People were inspecting the brakes and the lift hill, clearly doing work. Unexpectedly, a few hours before the park closed, they opened the ride. I don't know if that was the planning, but I was still pleased. I had done both sides of this ride last year, so I was not bothered by it being closed, but it is a fun ride. So I took a cycle on it. They only opened the sit-down side, but that was better than nothing! Not a really special coaster, but just fun to ride! Apparently, some kind of broadcasting channel was filming in the park, I think they said they were from China. I could go for front seat since I was at the front of the line, but I let them go in front because I imagine that's nicer to film from. I had done the coaster last year anyway. The lady of the broadcasting channel clearly was more impressed by the coaster than I was.

Wan Wan Coaster Wandit - I rode this one last year, so I did not bother to ride it. It didn't look that much different from last year. An extra cycle on Bandit or Spin Runway looked more fun to me.

Other rides

Splash U.F.O. - This country! I can't imagine another country where amusement parks would add a ride themed to noodles. So, in this ride, which is one of those rapid river rides with a slide portion, YOU are the noodle. You have to do some interactive game which I did not get last year, and I also did not get this year, aimed at defeating the bad guy. Just the fact that these ride is themed to noodles, where you are also a noodle, is pure genious! I love it! This year, I did not intend to ride the thing since it was not that warm. I met some young boy who was half-American, half Japanese, living in the United States and in Japan for the summer. We went through the park together for a bit. He said he came here every year. He wanted to ride this ride, so how could I refuse? Nice excuse to ride the wet noodles ride! I did not get that wet luckily, and even the places were I got wet did not feel as I could as I expect they would.

Animal Invasion - The Rescue: Season 2 - I don't know how good season 1 was, but this ride was a lot of fun! So you had to protect the animals by shooting poachers, and if I recall it correctly, also other animals like spiders, although I'm not sure about that last one. Anyway, not the best shooter there is, but just a lot of fun!

Ferris Wheel - Didn't bother to ride the ferris wheel last year since it was crazy hot and the gondola's didn't have any air conditioning. I rode it this year since it was colder, and it was just like your regular, enormous Japanese ferris wheel. Nice views! The park really has a spectacular location, on a green hill with the skyline of Tokyo on the background. Beautiful!

Looping Starship - Another ride I didn't rode last year. A nice flat ride. I used to have one of a different manufacturer in a park nearby, but they removed it. It's a shame, because they are really fun!

Car ride - Don't know the exact name of this one, but this is just your regular Japanese "drive-your-own-car" ride which is just like a go-kart, but way slower. Didn't do this last year since they are not that exciting, but they are still nice to ride. I rode it with the young half-American, Half-Japanese boy. There were some kind of pictures of figures along the track which you had to count. I didn't even saw half of them apparently, so I missed out on the reward, a Japanese sweet. Luckily, I got the one from the boy. He didn't like it, but he knew the right answer since he rode this ride a lot over the years. A true regular!

Cycle ride - So there was this cycle monorail which didn't look to exciting, but it had a lift hill and a small drop. I also wanted to check it out last year but I didn't, so this year I made sure to ride it. I haven't seen anyone else riding it over the course of the day. The ride wasn't that spectacular, but it was interesting that moving didn't require that much effort, since the track was going slightly downwards. Way better than those cycle monorails were you have to pedal like your live depends on it, if you actually want to move forward. Anyway, now I am prepared for the day a crazy guy will add these rides to coaster-count. Not that I will count them though, this does not even come close to being a coaster.

S&S Towers - Last year, these exact towers were where I conquered my fear of shot towers and drop towers, after being terrified for them because of the scary experience that is the High Fall in Movie Park Germany. I wanted a breeze since it was so hot and just rode it, after which I rode every shot or drop tower I encountered. They weren't that scary last year, and this year, they were even less scary. Still, the breeze was nice, the view was beautiful and the experience good. Just a nice ride to grab a quick spin on. When I encounter them, I will always do them if they line is not long, because they are just fun to do. Still, I only did the shot tower today, if I remember correctly, since that was enough for me.

Other rides - This park has a lot of other rides like a car factory were you make your own car, and some crazy walkthroughs. I did the car factory last year and I was not mentally ready to do walkthroughs while not knowing Japanese. For some reason, to do things like that, I first have to be a first days in the country and get used to everything. Still, I want to mention their existence, along with a lot of flat rides I didn't cover, to show that Yomiuriland has an interesting and well rounded line-up of attractions!

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The photos of Spin Runway, or rather, the theming of it:

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Re: Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby Itachi » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:21 am

Some pictures of Bandit:

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Some random park shots

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Postby Itachi » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:22 am

Some pictures of Momonga:

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And finishing up with some park shots:

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Re: [Photo TR] Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby SharkTums » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:31 pm

I already loved the spinning coaster themed to fashion from what I had seen...reading your description makes me love it even more!

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Re: [Photo TR] Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:10 pm

Great report!

Bandit has always been a coaster that fascinated me because of how it supposedly inspired Magnum XL-200. From that alone, it's an influential coaster. And that spinning coaster's theming sounds so crazy that it's awesome.
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Re: [Photo TR] Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:29 pm

^^The actual coaster experience itself is really bizarre too. It has a bunch of show sections where each passenger picks a character (out of the park's mascots), and then you play a video game with your characters on the spiral lift (imagine Euro Mir if it had a less frustrating Flappy Bird projected on the side), before the actual coaster part begins. It's really funky, but really fun.
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Re: [Photo TR] Itachi's Japan Adventures

Postby Itachi » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:41 am

SharkTums wrote:I already loved the spinning coaster themed to fashion from what I had seen...reading your description makes me love it even more!


Thank you! Can't wait for the possible future report / video of when you guys are riding it. I bet you will have lots of fun! =)

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

Bandit has always been a coaster that fascinated me because of how it supposedly inspired Magnum XL-200. From that alone, it's an influential coaster. And that spinning coaster's theming sounds so crazy that it's awesome.


Thanks! Bandit is indeed a fascinating ride. I didn't know it supposedly inspired Magnum XL-200, but I can see how. Interesting detail!

MayTheGForceBeWithYou wrote:^^The actual coaster experience itself is really bizarre too. It has a bunch of show sections where each passenger picks a character (out of the park's mascots), and then you play a video game with your characters on the spiral lift (imagine Euro Mir if it had a less frustrating Flappy Bird projected on the side), before the actual coaster part begins. It's really funky, but really fun.


Nice comparison to Euro Mir, that explains it very well I think. So funky indeed, but just great! Maybe even better than Euro Mir's ultra loud, catchy lift hill soundtrack. Let's just say both are great. :lol:

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