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  1. The next day, it was only a transfer day from Fukuoka to Nagoya. However, we had heaps of time which is why decided to hit two more parks on our way: Himeji Tegarayama Amusement Park & Himeji Central Park. The first park was only a credit run and kind of in the middle of nowhere The second park was a really cool park with a B&M inverted coaster! We spent most of the time at Himeji Central park before going to Nagoya and having dinner at Din Tai Fung, which was absolutely freakin' amazing! We left our luggage at Himeji Train station. I would recommend arriving there early in the morning so that you definitely get one of the few lockers!

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    We made it to Himeji!

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    Random shops!

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    VERY clean!

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    Yup we're right!

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    There is a map!

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    On our way to the castle!

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    There it is!

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    WUHUUUU castle credit!

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    Group photo #1

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    Group photo #2

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    Himeji looks beautiful!

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    I love their shops!

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    Somewhere in the middle of Himeji looking for the credit!

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    Zebra cross walk!

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    Marcel, we're gonna kill you!

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    Marcel, are you sure we're right?

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    Let's go this way!

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    Told you there was a credit!

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    No water park season here yet :(

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    That Jet coaster life!

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    Let's ride!

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    Orange is the new track!

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    Entrance to the Jet coaster!

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    Mandatory Japanese Haunted House!

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    Hello riders!

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    This coaster is OUCH!

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    Nerd shot

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    This looks interesting!

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    It looks harmless, but it isn't!

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    Only good element here

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    The loop!

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    Hey riders! We're called restraints and instead of protecting you, we're gonna kill you!

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    Not my style!

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    Another credit that was surprisingly smooth!

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    Look how skinny Japanese ferris wheels are!

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    B&M and enterprise: which one do you choose?

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    Himeji from the ferris wheel!

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    1st generation Free Fall and a B&M

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    Looks good!

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    CLOSED!

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    Hey Diavlo!

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    Black B&M!

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    Where's the ferris wheel? I really can't see it!

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    They're crazy riding in the front!

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    I just leave those here...

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    ...

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    ...

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    Postcard time!

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    Andrew approves of this park!

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    I'm so cool!

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    Making our way to Himeji!

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    Let's go to Nagoya!

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    YAY! There are the lockers!

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    Sounds good!

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    I'm sure the credit must be here!

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    This looks like an amusement park!

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    YAAAAY!

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    Let's get the credit and get out of here!

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    Proof that we've been here!

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    Nice scenery!

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    Himeji Central park time!

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    This looks WAY better!

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    That loop though!

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    Diavlo!

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    GIANT ferris wheel

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    What a nice scenery!

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    Hey Central Park

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    I could get used to this view!

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    More scenery photos!

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    B&M in the mountains!

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    B&M vs. INTAMIN!

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    UPSIDE DOWN!

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    Looks so natural!

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    Of course I needed a coke!

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    Our transportation back to the train station!

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    Yup, that's how the line looks like when you want to eat at Din Tai Fung!

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    Guys, behave! It's Din Tai Fung!

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    Dumplings time!

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    What's in that leaf?

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    Chicken!

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    More dumplings though!

  2. Hey guys!

     

    After having had a great day Mitsui Greenland, we had a free day in Fukuoka the next day! (I loved that kind of schedule with the free days, because it gave us time to explore more theme parks in Japan or the country itself on our own) There were some people interested in going to Kijima and Wonder Rakutenchi, and Robb organized early entry to Kijima since Derek was doing some filming for him! Thanks a lot for that Robb!

    Kijima is a small little park up in the mountains and when we arrived it was super foggy. Jupiter, their wooden coaster, was covered in fog which added up to the gloomy atmosphere up there. We did the filming, got some rides on Kijima which was actually pretty cool, and did most of the other rides before we called a taxi to get to Wonder Rakutenchi. Wonder Rakutenchi is kind of like in the mountains, too. The park has a giant suspension bridge from where you get a nice view of the ocean. If you're in the area, it's worth checking out for the atmosphere, but it's actually only a credit run.

     

    Let's go on to the photos!

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    Welcome to Kijima!

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    Nice scenery!

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    Coaster, water ride and ferris wheel!

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    Nobody there!

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    Let's ride Jupiter!

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    Reading the safety instructions first!

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    Super foggy!

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    Where's the track?

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    Good morning!

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    Jupiter looks tired!

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    SUper gloomy!

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    Intamin drop tower!

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    More fog!

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    Let's get the credits!

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    Kiddy credit!

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    YAAAAAAAY!

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    We're nerds...

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    Shooting dark ride!

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    Flying carpet. I passed on it, because it makes me sick

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    One more time: Welcome to Kijima!

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    I prefer Jupiter instead!

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    We all had a great time!

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    Hey Kijima!

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    In case you wondered which park we were at

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    You won't get wet

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    Not at all...

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    Suspenion bride!

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    Duck race!

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    I see a credit!

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    Looks like a coaster.

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    It is a coaster!

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    Ready for the suspension bridge?

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    Postcard photo!

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    All clear!

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    Unfortunately it was out of service

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    Look at this view!

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    Nice setting!

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    The view was amazing.

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    Hey bridge!

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    Beppu!

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    Not high at all

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    Hold on!

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    Let's make our way back to the station

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    Walking through Beppu

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    Mountains

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    Random shop

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    Who wants to buy somethig?

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    NERD!

  3. Hey guys!

     

    Sorry for not having posted another trip update yet, but I was, or let’s say, I’m still busy with some school work I have to get done before the new semester starts here in Germany. However, I took a break and did another update for you!

     

    This time, I’m showing you some great photos from Mitsui Greenland! The park was only a short taxi ride away from the train station where we arrived. I really liked Mitsui Greenland for its awesome variety of rides! They had very unique coasters (except for the painful SLC), one of which was the famous “Dinosaurs” coaster, amazing flat rides like a Star Flyer or a free swinging enterprise kind of ride, the chain lift of death, a Toboggan that is REALLY dangerous, haunted houses where you get a candle to measure your degree of fear during the walk through, a log flume, fun houses and and and…. This park is just an amazing place to spend a fun filled day. By the way, which day in Japan isn’t fun?! It’s just another typical Japanese theme park that I loved! They also had this amazing idea of giving you a stick where you could write your name on it when you rode the Ultra Twister 10 times and they would hang it up in the station! There were people who rode the coaster like 200 times in a day and they would get a photo! Super crazy, but also a very unique experience! Of course, they had a skinny GIANT ferris wheel from which you could explore the area of the park. The group I hung out with also went to one of the “cinemas” in the park where we watched a Japanese film, which was really confusing! We had a very good time at this amazing park and I would go back there in a second!

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    Breakfast time!

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    Who's that?

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    TPR members on board!

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    Where's that taxi driving us?

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    Thad seems to be excited!

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    We are ready to go!

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    No theme park here?

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    There we go!

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    They have a GIANT FERRIS WHEEL!

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    Mitsui Greenland! I don't understand why there is nothing green here!

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    Looks like a castle!

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    Ferris Wheel!

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    Entrance area

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    Dinosaurs coaster!

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    Look at this!

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    Ferris Wheel eats coaster!

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    Choo Choo!

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    SKinny!

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    Dinosaurs green!

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    Who wants to ride?

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    What a nice control booth!

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    This looks great!

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    Orange is the new track!

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    Lifthill or first drop?

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    Dueling coaster!

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    Blue or Red?

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    Who's gonna win?

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    It looked awesome!

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    HELP!

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    Panorama view!

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    Haunted House on a hill!

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    The setting of the park was really nice!

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    More of the setting!

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    OUCH! This looks like pain!

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    No wonder the track is red!

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    Ferris Wheel!

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    They even had a hotel!

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    I'm gonna eat you!

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    They had walls with all the riders on it!

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    I'm hanging there as well!

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    We all hang there now!

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    Hey Yin!

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    Ultra Twister!

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    Marcel! Watch out for the dinosaurs!

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    Chain lift of death!

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    Scary! No lapbar!

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    This looks dodgy, but we trust the Japanese!

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    I approve of this!

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    Hello Chris!

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    Selfie time!

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    Maze time!

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    More chain lifts!

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    Hey guys! How's it going?

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    Looks scary!

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    Toboggan of death!

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    Should we really ride it?

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    Japanese ride operator giving instructions

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    Wild mouse!

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    Credit whores!

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    Snacks!

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    Mc Donald's!

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    YUMMY!

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    We got a candle...

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    ...and we're scared!

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    AHHHHHH!

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    Star Flyer

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    SELFIE!

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    Old shuttle loop!

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    I approve of this park!

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    We're nerds!

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    Are we ashamed? NO!

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    Crazy!

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    Ultra Twister!

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    Looks steep!

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    You know it's time to leave a park, when people go chasing animals!

  4. As I said, my next update is about Space World! Thanks to Robb & Elissa filming on their coasters we got some kind of ERT on Titan and Zaturn, which was fabulous! (Venus was closed due to rain, but it opened for a VERY SHORT time during the day)

     

    Titan with their new trains was an interesting experience, even though I only rode it once during the day. The onboard soundtrack will be stuck in your head for sure! Watch out for it! Zaturn, of course, did not disappoint me. A short little ride that kicks a$$! Intamin launchers are just awesome! After they were done filming, the group separated and we were free to explore the park on our own. The things I love about Japanese theme parks is the fact that you ALWAYS explore some really cool hidden rides like dark rides, walk throughs, mazes or whatever! It's just amazing and you feel like a little kid going on an adventure and you don't know what's happening! Space World had this knock off Space Mountain coaster which was pretty decent! It's in the dome and can easily be missed! The park itself was really empty, so that we didn't have to worry about crowds at all! Unfortunately, it started raining during the day so that some rides stayed closed. Since we passed Space World on our way to Kijima, we decided to make a little stop on our way back and get the Venus credit since we missed our opportunity to ride it the other day!

     

    The park also had a REALLY nice log flume! It's hard to describe the layout, but it was surprisingly good going in a kind of volcano! Thumbs up for that! One of favorite ride was their Boogie-woogie Space Coaster! The ride operator screamed BOOGIE WOOGIE and making this awesome hand sign when she dispatched the train! Some of their cars also went backwards which definitely added up to the experience! Very nice!

     

    When it started raining and once we were done with all the rides, we decided to visit the huge shopping mall across from Space World. They had a really nice supermarket AEON where you could buy tons of stuff! I discovered this really cool Kiwi drink which was super delicious!

     

    That being said, look at my small selection of photos! IDK why, but somehow I didn't take too many photos during that day!

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    Let's take the party train to...

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    ...SPACE WORLD!

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    Is that a real space shuttle?

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    We made it to SPACE WORLD!

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    Even the mascots are happy to see us!

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    Thad is super excited!

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    Thumbs up for SPACE WORLD!

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    Making our way to...

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    ...TITAN!

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    Where's the GIANT ferris wheel?

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    All I can see is a space shuttle!

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    BOOGIE-WOOGIE SPACE COASTER!

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    That looks gorgeous!

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    This drop!!!

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    G-Forces!

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    Big loop and big space shuttle!

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    CLOSED!!!

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    Vending machine credit!

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    Are you in space?

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    YES! According to these trains!

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    Intamin!

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    Fabulous coaster!

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    Don't panic!

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    Just read the signs!

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    Café CRAY CRAY!

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    Space Mountain knock off!

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    As I said: Space World!

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    That's my shuttle!

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    Lunch time!

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    Even CP is represented in Japan!

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    UGH! Who wants a wet finger?!

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    Only in Japan: Helium in a souvenir shop!

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    More vending machines!!!

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    This log flume was awesome!

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    Not closed! YAY!

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    Chris having a crêpe at Café CRAY CRAY!

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    Coffee time!

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    Mall time!

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    Ever seen these kind of chips?

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    Kiwi drink!

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    Arcade credit! These guys knew how to play!!!

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    More arcade fun!

  5. Today, I'm only having a small update for you guys, but it's still worth reading! It's about our transfer day from Tokyo to Fukuoka from where we made our way back to Tokyo visiting Japan's best theme parks! With our Japan rail passes having being processed the days before, we were ready to go and had our first Shinkansen AKA bullet train experience! All the other countries in the world should learn one thing from Japan: being as polite and organized as them! Even though the train stations were crowded as hell, people were not bumping into you, being rude or offensive. Everybody knew where to go and it was super easy to get around! Just fabulous!

     

    Taking the train in Japan is like driving the car in America. Everybody uses them and therefore there are many signs that help you. The floors tell you which car you're in according to how many train cars there are. Very logical system! I don't know, I just loved taking public transportation in Japan. As confusing and overwhelming it might have seemed the first days, it got so much easier and enjoyable by the end of the trip!

     

    The highlight of the train ride was the women with the shopping cart, bowing whenever she left the train car and the mens urinals that only had a window instead of a lock! I mean, common sense lets you assume that you do not enter if you see someone in there!

     

    As I said, we were transferring from Tokyo to Fukuoka with a lunch stop in Shin-Osaka. Walking around at the train station, exploring different restaurants and shops was so much fun! Believe me, you find some really interesting things! When we arrived in Fukuoka, we dropped of our luggage and the group I hang out with met again to explore the city! We went to the ruins of the old castle in Fukuoka and after being lost and finding ourselves in the red light district (it's so sad, that these women are advertised like food products), we finally found a food place for dinner!

     

    It's been a long day full of new experiences of this amazing country! Can't wait to show you our next stop: SPACE WORLD!

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    Let's start the day with a good breakfast!

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    We need energy for the transfer day!

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    And some green poison!

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    Japanese food mixed with some Western style food!

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    Train station madness!

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    Chris and I being in a good mood of course!

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    Making our way to the Shinkansen entrance!

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    That banner literally said: Don't use a selfie stick while waiting for the train: Danger of getting an electrical shock!

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    Getting a coca cola for the train ride!

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    Yup, we're right!

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    Look how orderly people are sitting! Everything is so organized!

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    Yin! Don't destroy the photo of nice people on the train!

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    Hogwarts Express feeling...

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    ...they had this woman offering snacks!

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    Random view during the train ride!

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    It's gone!!!!!

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    You're seeing right! These toilets were not lockable.

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    Marcel having a laugh attack! As always!

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    I like this train! Power outlets!

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    It's all about Theme Park Review!

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    Lunch time!

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    Everybody happy with their food!

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    Curry of course! What else?

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    Shinkansen souvenirs!

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    So many sweets!

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    Very interesting products!

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    I wish I knew what the signs were saying!

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    This looks familiar!

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    Eat my cookie!

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    YAY! Starbucks credit!

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    Cinnamon Roll in a cup?! I love Japan!

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    Pure sugar and thousands of calories!

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    I don't care! This is heaven!

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    Who wants to have their laundry done in a train station?

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    Crowded, but organized!

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    Another random view from the train!

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    In case you wondered how a Japanese bullet looks like!

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    We arrived! Thumbs up for the hotel!

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    That's what's gonna happen to you if you don't use the escalator correctly!

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    Rush hour!

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    We know how to use the escalator!

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    I love Japanese signs!

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    Greetings from Fukuoka!

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    Look at this dude!

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    What are they staring at?

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    That perfectly describes Fukuoka!

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    Nightlife!

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    Dinner time!

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    Pizza time!

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    Good beer!

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    Cheers!

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    Somehow I look like a complete fool in this dress! I wanted to try it anyway :D

  6. Marcel, did the monorail still tip and tilt at various points of it's route?

    When I rode it, I thought the thing was about to fall off it's rail!

     

    And did you get a chance to take care of your tired feet, in their Foot Pond?

    Or was it not there, anymore? It looked like Miso Soup to me, lol.

     

    Great park, with more colours than I ever imagined, everywhere.

    Great shots that you took of Nasu Highland! Thanks for sharing them.

     

    I can't remember the monorail being like that. That would have been a terrifying experience!

     

    I don't know about the Foot Pond. Maybe the others on the trip have seen it?

  7. Part 2!

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    Happy Marcel!

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    Hey guys!

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    This view!

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    Breathtaking!

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    What's up?

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    Rides wherever you look!

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    Hello from Nasu Highland!

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    Traditional carousel

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    These guys are just hanging around!

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    This looks...

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    ...PAINFUL!

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    Literally, FRIGHT!

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    Even these people looked scared!

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    What's this?

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    The rapid river!

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    GIANT Ferris Wheel!

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    Painful SLC!

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    Thumbs up for the rapid river! Not too wet!

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    Even Yin approves of this water ride!

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    MARCEL! DON'T GET EATEN BY THE JAPANESE MONSTER!

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    Souvenir shop!

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    MARCEL, stop acting gay!

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    I love wave swingers!

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    Hello!

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    Thumbs up for Big Boom!

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    Don't be scared!

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    Those guys are on a log flume!

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    We as well!

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    GIANT ferris wheel selfie!

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    Food time!

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    Fries in a box!

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    Welcome to Japan, where you can buy cigarettes next to Lego items!

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    I'm a lion!

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    Monorail POV!

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    This park is super photogenic!

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    Absolutely cool!

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    Even Germany is represented!

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    They also had a roller coaster game!

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    POV!

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    I have a hand full of Japanese mascots!

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    DOn't I look fancy?

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    ARGH!

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    Time to leave!

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    Marcel, is that you?!

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    Rush hour!

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    Hey guys! Let's cuddle!

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    It was like 10pm and still crowded!

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    Let's find some...

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    YAKITORI!!!

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    YUMMY!

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    Meat on a stick!

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    YAKITORI fight!

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    Look at all this food!

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    Marcel approved!

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    Random statue!

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    Good night Tokyo!

  8. Hey TPR

     

     

    I hope you're as excited about the next update as I am! It's time for Nasu Highland today! I didn't know what to expect. I had no idea which coasters or rides this park would have so EVERY ride was a big surprise for me! First of all, I LOVED Nasu Highland! It was one of these very traditional Japanese style theme parks that I was looking for the most: Colorful, many crazy rides and coasters! While they might not have the BEST coasters, this park had so many other great rides to offer! They had Big Boom (I LOVED it!), a nearly vertical drop coaster, the track of which is right next to the trees. Their brake system consists of tires, isn't that crazy? Absolutely amazing! They also had one of these wooden mazes that seemed to be really big in Japan since we saw them in many other Japanese theme parks! The park was super clean like everything else in this country! Seriously, you wouldn't find many trash cans, because people just don't litter that much!!! Really awesome. They also had a really bad SLC (which SLC isn't bad?!), and a spinning coaster! I just loved spending time at this park. We had a great time and I would definitely go back, especially with TPR! We're having a good time everywhere, don't we?! This park is also home of the world famous ''We're on a log flume'', so this should be reason enough to go back there!

     

    That being said, let's look at some photos!

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    Smallest escalator I've ever seen!

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    Shinkansen kiss!!!

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    ANDREW! You're in the wrong lane!!!

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    Okay, can you take the other group of crazy people?

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    This taxi driver seemed to be approved by his country!

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    The middle of nowhere!

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    Driving on the left side!

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    The view looks awesome!

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    Anybody want to bungee jump?

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    You sure we're right?

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    We are!

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    Welcome to Nasu Highland!

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    People getting ready for the day!

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    This park looks beautiful!

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    I can see...

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    ...VENDING MACHINES!

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    Good morning Tokyo!

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    Let's get some snacks for the train ride!

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    TPR members wondering if they're in the right lane!

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    Priscilla as always going too far! :D

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    Hey sweetheart! Take us to Nasu Highland!

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    YUMMY!

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    This chicken sandwich was absolutely amazing!

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    We're wristbanded up and ready for the day!

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    Park map selfie!

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    SCARY!

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    These cars look interesting!

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    Beautiful entrance!

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    They also had a GIANT ferris wheel! Can you see it?

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    Look how colorful this park is!

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    First coaster: Bat Flyer!

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    I can see another coaster!

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    People getting on! Is it comfortable?

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    Don't get naughty guys!

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    Andrew prefers being single!

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    Looks like a fun ride!

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    Very interesting lift hill!

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    They also had a GIANT juke box!

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    Hey Marcel! Don't steal the car!

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    Look at this dude!

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    He's guarding the park!

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    How many coater tracks can you see?

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    Corkscrew was closed, but it didn't matter!

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    Stop taking selfies! At least you're not using a selfie stick!

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    This is how you ride!

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    Spinning coaster!

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    Big BOOM!

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    Loko at that loop!

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    You're this tall?

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    Once again...

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    BIG BOOM!

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    Look how close the trees are to the coaster track!

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    Who needs regular brakes when you can have tires?

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    Another credit!

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    Step in and...

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    ...DIE!

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    Adequate roller coaster outfit? Business clothes and high heels!

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    Coastertrack!

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    That drop looks steep!

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    Welcome to 'Merica!

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    Who wants a GIANT burger?

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    They also had cars where you could dine in!

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    Group photo!

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    YUMMY!

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    Hey look!

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    They're on a log flume!

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    Drop Tower!

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    Traditional flat rides!

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    Let's go to the pirate ship!

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    YAAAY!

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    Let's do the observation ride!

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    Awesome flat ride!

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    This view *_*

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    The setting of the park is awesome!

  9. Mmmm I miss the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. Wonderful place to stay in Tokyo.

     

    Did you get the chance to have the breakfast buffet there, any morning? It's

    really awesome with lots of western style and non- breakfast items to choose from.

     

    Great start to your trip report. Looking forward to seeing more of your trip there.

     

    I had breakfast there! Everything about this hotel is just awesome! As you said, they offer so many breakfast items to choose from!

  10. Part two!

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    They had super delicious bears!

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    Thad bought some of them!

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    This is how they looked like!

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    THAD DON'T EAT THEM!

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    MARCEL, DON'T DO ANYTHING THAD IS DOING! DANGER!

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    Nice skyline!

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    Cheese ferris wheel!

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    YUMMY!

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    You can have some cheese here!

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    Marcel, don't talk to the animals!

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    See, you killed them!

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    Snack time! Grape Fanta!!!

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    This is how it usually looks like!

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    This is how it looks like when TPR members are around!

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    Disney is everywhere! Big Thunder Mountain!

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    Vending machine credit!

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    It was yummy!

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    Let's end our day at Kawasemi!

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    Thumbs up!

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    Group photo!

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    Another vending machine credit!

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    This school bus was awesome!

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    View from the cheese ferris wheel!

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    INTAMIN!

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    This monkey is so cute!

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    HEY! DON'T TAKE PHOTOS OF ME!

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    100 Yen for feeding animals!

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    Yummy!

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    This is a REAL Penguin!

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    YAAAAY!

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    Thumbs up!

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    Who are these two dudes? They're crazy!

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    Kawasemi and me!

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    We stopped at a Japanese grocery store!

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    TPR members being fascinated by Japanese products!

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    YUMMY!

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    I'm gonna have a small cup of whiskey!

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    Weird!

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    Anybody up for this?

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    More of it!

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    YUMMY!

  11. Another day, another update of my amazing JAPAN trip guys!

    Today, I'm gonna show you Tobu Zoo in Minami Saitama Gun. Main reason to go there? One of the few Intamin Megalites! Even though I had just arrived the night before and slept for like 3 hours, I was ready to go and explore my very first theme park in Japan! It was the perfect start to an amazing trip with friends from all around the world!

    Robb & Elissa put together an awesome schedule for the day that included ERT on this airtime machine! Japan's Intamin representative Mr. Takashi joined us for the ERT and even rode with us which was super cool! Thanks heaps for that!

    What should I say about Kawasemi? It is an incredible good coaster which I wish more parks would buy! It is such a fun machine filled with airtime, twists and turns! Just perfect! The thing that I learned about Japanese parks is that they might not have the CRAZIEST roller coaster or thrill ride, but that's perfectly fine, because they have so many other things to offer that include zoos, dark rides, haunted houses (especially Haunted Houses where you get a candle!!!), ferris wheels (YUP, they're GIGANTIC!) and so much more that are well worth visiting the parks! I loved spending time with my friends exploring Japanese rides where I did not understand a single word, eating food that I hadn't seen before or just walking around and being impressed by the Japanese culture! It's hard to describe that with words, especially for me because English is my second language, but I hope that you guys understand what I'm talking about!

    That being said, Tobu Zoo (the name is telling you!) included a zoo with a bunch of different animals! No jokes! They also had a ferris wheel themed to cheese (Incredible, isn't it?) and VENDING MACHINES! Seriously, in my opinion this could be an own attraction at Japanese amusement parks! They're cheap and offer a bunch of different drinks that you've never seen before! You should pick random drinks even though you don't know what they are or might end up not liking them! That's part of the adventure.

    I must say that I absolutely loved the park and I was crazy enough to back there with friends that missed the pre trip add on. That's also why you see me wearing different shirts!

    Now let's see how this park looks like!

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    Making our way to Tobu Zoo!

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    Looks like we arrived!

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    Read the information!

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    Look at these crazy people!

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    We got our wristbands and we're ready for the day!

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    What a lift hill!

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    Even Kristen can ride this Intamin! Awesome!

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    YUMMY!

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    Watch out! Birds are gonna steal you!

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    GIANT ferris wheel!

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    They don't know what they're in for!

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    The teeth breaker!

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    Gotta love Japanese signs!

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    Regina is a little bitchy!

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    Let's see what the zoo has to offer!

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    WAAAAAAAAAAAA!

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    Don't take photos! I want to eat!

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    Interesting!

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    Where is the Giant Ferris Wheel? I really can't see it!

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    More animals!

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    Just sleeping!

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    You woke me up!!! I'm gonna kill you!

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    Do you want to talk to the animals?

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    He looks dangerous!

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    They're just wandering around...

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    ...being dirty!

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    Ah I can see Regina from here!

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    Ferris wheel themed to cheese!

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    Kiddy credit! Those credit whores!

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    It was really just a credit

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    These cute monkeys!

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    Soooo cute!

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    Random photo of the park!

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    Do you want to see more animals?

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    They had...

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    Zebras!!!

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    And Giraffes!

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    And Hippos!

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    Hey guys, what's up?

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    Nothing, just swimming!

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    Beware! You're gonna get soaked!

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    Or killed by this bear!

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    He looks like he's gonna kill you!

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    Who wants to buy her?

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    You don't have to travel to Australia if you want to see...

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    ...authentic...

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    ...kangaroos!

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    Or Aboriginals!

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    What's wrong with me?

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    Disney is everywhere! Can you see Big Thunder Mountain?

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    Let's see if Regina is still cranky!

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    She looks like it!

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    Never seen those!

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    Stop taking photos of me!

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    Sorry Regina! But we need to!

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    Group photo!

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    Tobu Zoo from the cheese ferris wheel!

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    YUUUUUUM!

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    More Regina!

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    In case you didn't know...it's TOBU ZOO!

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    Welcome to Tobu Zoo!

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    Mr. Takashi and Robb leading the way to...

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    Regina is here!

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    ...this beauty here!

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    Intamin goodness!

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    Let's go back to some Intamin goodness!

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    Thumbs up for Kawasemi!

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    Once you've ridden Regina, are you smiling or crying?

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    Nicely themed wave swinger!

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    An of course souvenir shops!!!

  12. Hey TPR!

     

    I finally found some time to start my JAPAN trip report! It's super exciting to go through all the photos again and relive the trip! I can't wait to show you the Japan awesomeness we experienced during this amazing trip with Robb & Elissa! It's been a fun time hanging around with super cool people, riding roller coasters, experiencing Japanese culture and all in all just having fun! I can highly recommend visiting Japan one day if you're able to! It is just such a great cultural experience with all the food and different lifestyle going on over there! Just perfect! I try to update this thread on a regular basis, so keep an eye on this thread if you want to follow my adventure around Japan!

     

    As always, traveling usually means spending hours on a plane to another country! In my case, flying from Frankfurt to Tokyo Narita with a short layover in Amsterdam. My plane ticket was SUPER cheap: 470 Euros roundtrip!!! That was an incredible deal with KLM! Since I'm collecting Skymiles and KLM is one of the partner airlines, I was lucky enough to get more miles! YAYYYY!

    However, my travels to Japan were let's say a little complicated When I boarded the plane, I was super excited to finally take off to beautiful Japan, but OF COURSE I had bad luck! Shame on me! My flight from Frankfurt to Amsterdam had a huge delay (over 1 hour), because when we were about to take off (literally taking off) the plane suddenly stopped and we were standing on the runway for 30 minutes. Their system showed an error and they had to restart it. Hoooooray! How long could it take? We didn't know. As it couldn't get worse, one passenger got a panic attack and they had to call out a doctor. Thank god, there was one on board who could immediately help him. Even though, there was a lot going wrong, the crew did a great job calming people down. There was not such thing as panic on board which I really appreciated. After having restarted the system, we FINALLY took off and flew to Amsterdam where I had to find out that I got rebooked on a another flight to Shanghai and then to Tokyo! Instead of traveling 15 hours it now took me 31 hours!!! That was even longer than flying to crazy Australia in January! My life motto is ''Everything happens for a reason'' so I was like meh could be worse! At least I see the airport of Shanghai! Plus I got reimbursed and free drinks! So my next stop was the bar where I had some wine and some snacks.

    On my plane ride to Shanghai I got to know one Japanese guy who was on the exact same flight from Frankfurt to Amsterdam with the same destination: JAPAN! We talked a lot about the country and he gave me lots of tips what to eat etc. When we arrived in Shanghai, the odyssey hadn't been over yet! Waiting in front of a Chinese officer, looking at you like he would kill you in one second, because of not having a visa (I mean, I was just changing planes!), finding your luggage in the lost and found instead of in the baggage claim area, and justifying yourself for European hygiene products wasn't the best experience I could have gotten in China However, I had some great lunch: dumplings and fried chicken!

    What was really surprising, was the fact that we got a full meal on our flight from Shanghai to Japan! It was only a 3 hour flight and they served us dinner! Really cool!

    I was so happy when I finally arrived in Japan and ready to sleep!

     

    Now enough with the talking! Let's look at some photos of this crazy trip!

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    Frankfurt airport! My 2nd home!

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    Of course I'm eating Mc Donald's for breakfast!

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    First flight: Frankfurt to Amsterdam!

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    Boarding the plane of emergency stops!

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    Somewhere over the Netherlands!

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    This view looks nice!

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    I love snacks on a plane!

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    Finally in Amsterdam!

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    First thing I need: WINE!

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    Cheers guys!

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    There a lot of people flying to Shanghai!

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    We're going fast!

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    We're flying high! LOOK!

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    YAAAAAY for Chinese food!

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    YUMMY! The food was actually not bad!

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    Not even halfway there! :/

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    Flying and flying and flying!

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    Somewhere over China!

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    Big a$$ plane!

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    Take the bus to the terminal!

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    Welcome to Shanghai!

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    Yup! This reminds you that you're in China now! Construction at the airport!

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    HEY! Why is my luggage at Lost n' found?!

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    Who wants to take this fast train?!

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    Time for my next flight!

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    But first, let me have some dumplings and...

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    ...some fried chicken!

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    Look! This company produces its items in my hometown!

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    We got dinner on a 3 hour flight!

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    It was really yummy!

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    WELCOME TO JAPAN! THE BEST SIGN EVER!

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    More welcome to Japan!

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    Because 2 signs aren't enough! Welcome to Japan!

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    In case you didn't know where I am!

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    Final ''Welcome to Japan'' sign! I promise!

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    Taking the Narita Express to Shinagawa!

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    Saying goodbye to my new Japanese friend! Thanks for all your help!

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    They're cleaning the trains SUPER FAST!

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    Next station...

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    ...TOKYO!

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    First thing you see when you exit the station!

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    The first hotel! Shinagawa Prince Hotel! Perfect location!

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    These toilets have heating seats! WTF?

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    Because Marcel needs more Mc Donald's after 31 hours of traveling!

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    My view from the hotel! Be jealous!

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    YAY for Japan having sparkling water!

  13. ^ That SCREAM tower looks great! Is it just a decorative thing,

    or does it "do" anything, like become a lighter (ha ha) or do something else?

     

    And what's that bolt from?

     

    Sorry I didn't name that bolt. It's from the original Rattler.

     

    That scream tower is only decorative. I'm sure they will have a lighter in that form by now

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