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  1. It's been a while. Sorry for the hiatus! Day 14: Tokyo free day no. 2 The past week+ had been fantastic, but it was time to bring it all back home to Tokyo for the final leg of the trip. On the bullet train from Nagoya, I caught another glimpse of Mt. Fuji peaking up above the clouds. When the man next to me saw me trying to get a better look, he just smiled and showed me a photo he'd taken of Fuji unobscured by pesky clouds. It was neat how, even without exchanging any words, we could share that appreciation of such an awesome volcano! But today wasn't just for traveling; ther
  2. Day 13.2: Lagunasia After Hamanako, it was time to head back west to go to our next park, Lagunasia. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]It was Shinkansen time again, and we got to see a few trains fly past the station! You'd never guess you're traveling faster than TTD! In the blink of an eye, we were at the front gates! Photo via Robb In Japan, you're not truly a park unless you have at least four mascots. In fact, I think it's a law of nature that everything in Japan must have a mascot…. The park entrance seems like it's goin' for a DisneySea-esque vibe. The middle
  3. Day 13.1: Hamanako Pal Pal Today was yet another two-park day, and we were heading east to Hamanako Pal Pal, which is about halfway between Nagoya and Shizuoka. For that, we took a short trip on the Shinkansen…. Fun fact: The smallest escalator in the world is in a department store in Kawasaki, between Tokyo and Yokohama! Photo by Colin, obviously. The cab ride to the park was a bit "intimate" Hamanako Pal Pal is situated in a beautiful resort area surrounded by water At the entrance of the park looms one of the great mysteries of the modern world: Mega Coaster [y
  4. This is a long one… Day 12: Legoland Japan and Higashiyama Zoo The last several days had been packed with long train rides, but today we were staying local. This basically doubled as our Nagoya free day in a sense, but the main event was the newly-opened… Legoland Japan Yes, Nagoya had just opened up their own Legoland a year before! Photo by Robb This was a new park for all of us, and I was certainly excited, because the last time I'd been to a Legoland was when I was but a wee lad. Wow, I can't believe they made a Roblox-themed park. Thanks for the encour
  5. Day 11: Parque España Today was another single-park day, and we were heading down south to Parque España! We've found him, boys. The train took us a long ways down through Mie Prefecture, past lovely scenes of misty mountains and towns. You know how I feel about these small towns… One would hope that a park called "Parque España" would be themed to Spain, and so it is! It's not quite as odd a choice as Brazil, but you still wouldn't necessarily expect a park like this in Japan. We had actually planned to go to Nagashima this day, but the forecast, as it tu
  6. Day 10: Nagashima Spa Land After several days in Osaka, it was time to head east to Nagoya. Nagoya's about halfway between Osaka and Tokyo, so we took the Shinkansen there. I really got addicted to taking pictures on the trains during this trip. Can ya blame me, though? Just look at that water tower! How brutalist! Anyway, here are some more photos I took on the train: So, as I'm sure you're aware, Nagashima Spa Land is one of the biggest amusement parks in Japan, located just west of Nagoya, and is known as the "Cedar Point of Japan," with its numerous large
  7. Day 9.2: Exploring Kyoto After Hirakata Park, four of us made the trip up to Kyoto. Kyoto was only like a half hour northeast of where we were, so the choice seemed obvious. Fushimi Inari-taisha Kyoto was the capital of Japan for centuries before Tokyo (its name literally means "capital city"). As such, it's loaded with history and tradition. One of the biggest draws to Kyoto is Fushimi Inari, a massive, 1300-year-old Shinto shrine that sprawls out over the side of Mt. Inari, with a vertical of over 600 ft. from base to peak. Random canal This was the first of m
  8. ^So I've heard. Does that leave just Elf and Jupiter in Japan?
  9. Lots of videos in this one… Day 9.1: USJ redux and Hirakata Park Today would be a very jam-packed day from morning 'til night, and it all began with a second crack at Universal after the events of the other day…. More Universal Since Hirakata was originally scheduled for this day, we decided to get to the gates as early as possible to get in our credits before leaving. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]For us, the big prize was the Flying Dinosaur. (What's Universal got against the word "pterodactyl"? First Pteranodon Flyers, now this!) This thing is intense as hell! The back-to-back
  10. Day 8.2: New Reoma World To get to our next park, we had to take a train over the water! Most of the things we'd done so far had been on the island of Honshu, which is the largest island of Japan; New Reoma Land, however, is on Shikoku, directly south of where we were. The sea between Honshu and Shikoku is pockmarked by my many smaller islands, several of which have these cute little villages! If you have a fear of the ocean, this train ain't for you! (Train't for you?) Really great scenery As we reached the shores of Shikoku, we were greeted with some cool indust
  11. ^It was my first earthquake ever. I'd never really been in earthquake-prone places much before this.
  12. Day 8.1: Washuzan Highland Today was another two-park day, and we were heading out west, past Kobe, to what might have been the most bizarre park of the whole trip: Washuzan Highland. It was another rainy day, but that's okay, 'cause both parks today ran their rides in the rain! So, uh, the station by the park was pretty interesting…. Yeah, so Kurashiki has a thing for denim. Who knew? Like a ruin in the Amazon, the park rises up out of the woods. Okay, so I had no idea about this going in, but Washuzan Highland is themed to Brazil! This makes Parque España lo
  13. ^^It really made the whole experience that much more authentic, ya know? It's funny, though; Japan seems so much more well-prepared big quakes than Cali. ^Fingers crossed! Thank you for dealing with their shenanigans, though!
  14. ^Thanks, Elissa! I'm glad we all escaped unscathed! Day 7: Universal Studios Japan After the craziness of the day before, this day came as something of a relief. We wouldn't have to worry about getting stuck on any platforms, and we didn't need to race anywhere; it was just just a short walk to the park! I was really looking forward to this, as I hadn't been to a Universal park in ten years! Of course, things could never go that smoothly…. Runner-up in the 2018 "Sequels That Never Should Have Happened" contest ♪Doot-doot-dooooooot dooooooot doot-doot-doot-doot-dooooo
  15. ^Thanks! Those days were easily on par with the park days! Day 6: Misaki Park and Adventure World I had been in Japan for nearly a week, and today was finally the first official day of the trip! The plan was to head due south to two smaller parks: Misaki Park and Adventure World. Some people held back, preferring to get more time at USJ. I, for one, was excited to check out some lesser-known parks and all the quirks that come with them; however, things got off to a (literally) rocky start…. As we were on the train platform to head out of Osaka, I suddenly felt as though I were alre
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