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Today we hit a couple of smaller Tokyo parks. The first one being Toshimaen, which is a fairly old Tokyo park with a coaster built in 1965. The second was Seibuen Yuenchi, and while this park was a little farther out of Tokyo, with Tokyo Dome City & LaQua being basically closed, we figured it would be a good place to do a little bit of "credit whoring!"

 

Onto the photos & videos...

 

Today was kind of a "credit whore" day on the Tokyo trip. First stop, Toshimaen!

 

"Everyone loves a log!"

 

The support structure of this ride is very old school.

 

Cyclone aka "The Log Coaster" is a pretty old Japanese Jet Coaster (1965), which is actually quite good!POV of The Log Coaster!

 

 

 

And of course there is the Mini Cyclone aka Little Log for the credit whores! If you'd like to do some virtual credit whoring, watch this video!

 

 

 

"Everyone loves a Little Log!"

 

Anyone know what coaster used to be here? EMAIL DAN and tell us! mrt0ad13@aol.com

 

Yum....more crepes!

 

I love the powdered toast looking guy!

 

OMG! What could Hanno be this scared of???

 

ARRRGGHHH! It's the first Mexican we've seen in Japan!!!

 

No, no...don't be silly... It's just the "Jackie Chan is here to rape you" dark ride. And if you want to know what we mean by that...watch this video!!!

 

 

 

Right next to the park (it's even on the park map) is our favourite attraction, Toys R Us!

 

Hi Divv.

 

"Elissa is the no fun girl!" - Does anyone know where the "Elissa no fun girl" thing started? If you do... EMAIL DAN! mrt0ad13@aol.com

 

Japanese kids are so smart, they can even unicycle!

 

KidTums trying out for the 2011 Japanese hula hoop Olympic team!

 

The train toys they have are amazing...

 

You can buy a scale model working toy version of just about every JR and Shinkansen train!

 

Any Rockman fans out there? (That's Mega Man to you and me...)

 

Kids play food sets include sushi!

 

New drum game hotness! New version coming to your PSP soon!

 

Awesome! The whole series is available on the Wii!

 

Nintendo DS is HUGE in Japan!

 

The Nintendo Wii also has quite the following...

 

XBOX 360... Not popular at all in Japan. This one little area is all the 360 stuff we saw for the three weeks in Japan!

 

I want whatever this game is!!!

 

One Taiko no Tatsujin Wii drum...PURCHASED!

 

This is nowhere near as exciting as the last picture of a Capybara I posted was! (Anyone know what photo I'm talking about?)

 

We call this "The Wall Ride."

 

I love that almost all the flat rides at Toshimaen are on the roof of buildings.

 

The park has a VERY STRICT "no visible tattoos" policy. If you have a tattoo, they have to be covered up.

 

Our 2nd favourite attraction!

 

 

 

And whatever she is selling, I'll take one!

 

Since the coasters over at Tokyo Dome City were all still closed, we made alternate plans to hop aboard the "Leo Liner" to check out Seibuen Yuenchi.

 

2011 TPR Special Olympics Cheer Squad or the worlds only sit-down coaster queue? YOU DECIDE!

 

Yup, this is the Loop.Screw Coaster - You mostly get screwed. If you want to see where you get screwed, watch this POV video!

 

 

 

Just a few stats on the screwing.

 

The vertical loop is actually quite good! This is not where you get screwed.

 

The trains are very nice...

 

...each seat comes complete with plush carpeting...and it's very red!

 

Not exactly sure what this was...it was a table, a really pissed off looking coaster wheel, and an animal menagerie behind it!

 

Not sure what he wants, but he looks really pissed off!!!

 

I think we figured out that it was a contest to see how much the coaster wheel weighs...and the animal menagerie behind it was the wheel's best friends.

 

Seibuen Yuenchi is a pretty small park, and to be honest, looks a bit run down.

 

The "Hello Kitty" section was nice, if not a little sparse.

 

Look! It's the Wall Ride...Hello Kitty themed!

 

Hello Kitty teacups.

 

Hanno fought off 12 little kids to get the front seat of the Hello Kitty coaster.

 

Here's a map of the park to give you an idea of what's here.

 

It was time for us to head back home... Goodbye Seibuen!

 

Next stop....Shibuya, Tokyo and the worlds largest pedestrian crossing! Check out this madness!

 

Our goal of tonight was... BEER!

 

And more importantly... YAKITORI!!!

 

MMmm.... Yum! Just reach out and take one. Try it! It works! Just like in Willy Wonka!

 

When it Tokyo...visit this place! (I think it's even on Yelp!)

 

It's on the 2nd floor of a building in Shibuya. Just past the McDonalds and before you get to the Tower Records. There is even a Disney Story across the street. Easy to find!

 

If you know the answer... EMAIL DAN! mrt0ad13@aol.com

 

And now... POST YOUR COMMENTS!!!

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Awesome update - am loving them all and getting so excited for the North East trip!

 

If I'm not mistaken the 'Log Coaster' features in one of my favourite Godzilla movies - Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster! (Different trains back in 1971 I guess.) Looks like a really fun ride for such an oldie.

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I am still so exhausted and have the worst jet lag ever, but it was all worth it because I had the most amazing time in Japan! Everything was awesome, and Tokyo Disney was just a dream come true. I wish I could go back and do it all over again. I'm too tired to write anything else that would make much sense, but thanks to Robb and Elissa for putting together yet another fabulous trip!!!

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I never get to get raped by Jackie Chan.

 

Dude, just watch Rush Hour 3 and there you go!

 

Quote of the day- and possibly of the thread!

 

Great TR Robb- and such interesting Japanese CoasterPorn... I always knew Asian porn was different from European or American porn!

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Is it me or do the "straight section" supports on the log coaster look eerily like the supprt structure of the lift on Millenium Force, Hmmm...

 

Please Robb, you have to announce the next Japan trip at least a year out so I can make sure I can get the time off work, I really need to see these smaller parks for all their twisted Japanese beauty.

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Great TR Robb- and such interesting Japanese CoasterPorn... I always knew Asian porn was different from European or American porn!

 

And different from Canadian porn, too!

 

Or so I am told ...

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Those looked like a fun two days doing smaller Tokyo parks. I like the fact that you have to ride a gondola into Yomiuriland (reminds me of smaller Spain amusement parks), and Joypolis looks like a very interactive arcade/amusement park hybrid (I wish we had one of those here in CA). Tokyo definitely looks like video game heaven.

 

So was this the last day of the official TPR Japan trip, or do you still have more to see and do? If the trip is still going on, are you guys going to Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise (the 5th most visited park in Japan)? Just wondering...

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After running thru the first several pages of the tour

(finally, after much-needed sleep and time-and-space re-orienting...)

 

Notes on Pages 1 - 9:

 

- Didn't do Disney add-to at beginning of tour, so not important to me,

HA!

 

- Note to Bob/gisco, his "stick" isn't up any more at Mitsui Greenland.

They probably burned it, hee hee hee.

 

- Remember Chiba Zoo as a fuzzy, soaked... um, maybe next time, better weather?

 

- Missed Namja Town

 

- See myself in First Official "Listen to Elissa, Important Information" Group Photo. (squeel!)

Remind self to suck in gut, more often for group pix.

 

- First Offical Coaster of Tour to Ride - and it's my animal totem - Pegasus @ Kashiikaen!

(DBL SQEEEL!)

 

- First park to learn/remember that RED = GO, not Stop. Tee hee.

 

- Missed Meat-on-Stix meal. Instead, picked up Strawberry Bread mix

for home Breadmaker at multi-level Electronics store near hotel... Who knew?

 

- Likes group shots in moving transport. Tokyo's moving transport rawks!!!

 

(To be continued...)

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After running thru the first several pages of the tour

(finally, after much-needed sleep and time-and-space re-orienting...)

 

Notes on Pages 1 - 9:

 

- Didn't do Disney add-to at beginning of tour, so not important to me,

HA!

 

- Note to Bob/gisco, his "stick" isn't up any more at Mitsui Greenland.

They probably burned it, hee hee hee.

 

- Remember Chiba Zoo as a fuzzy, soaked... um, maybe next time, better weather?

 

- Missed Namja Town

 

- See myself in First Official "Listen to Elissa, Important Information" Group Photo. (squeel!)

Remind self to suck in gut, more often for group pix.

 

- First Offical Coaster of Tour to Ride - and it's my animal totem - Pegasus @ Kashiikaen!

(DBL SQEEEL!)

 

- First park to learn/remember that RED = GO, not Stop. Tee hee.

 

- Missed Meat-on-Stix meal. Instead, picked up Strawberry Bread mix

for home Breadmaker at multi-level Electronics store near hotel... Who knew?

 

- Likes group shots in moving transport. Tokyo's moving transport rawks!!!

 

(To be continued...)

 

This means something?

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^ & ^^

 

Sorry.

 

I was making personal notes after just coming home from the Japan Tour, and somehow

while following the first pages of Robb's TR here, I allowed myself to post comments,

w/o any references/meaning to what I was posting.

 

Which means, I need to get my own TR going, soon.

 

My bad. Call it jet lag, please?

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