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Day 0: Arrival day

Day 1: Kashiikaen

Day 2: Space World

Day 3 (Part one): Kijima

Day 3 (Part two): Wonder Rakutenchi

Day 4: Mitsui Greenland

Day 5: Universal Studios Japan

Day 6: Parque Espana

Day 7: Nagashima Spaland

Day 7: Disney Sea teaser

 

Tokyo Japan Trip Part:

Day 1: Fuji-Q Highland

Day 2(part1): Yomiuriland

Day 2(part2): Tokyo Teleport

Day 3(part1): Tobu Zoo

Day 3(part2): Hanayashiki

Day 4: Toshimaen and Seibuen

Day 5: Cosmoworld and Sea Paradise

Day 6: Nasu Highland

 

Tokyo Disney updates:

Disney Sea (part1)

Disney Sea (part2)

Disney Sea (part3)

Disney Sea (part4)

Disney Sea (part5)

Disneyland

 

 

 

Ok where and how to start??

 

I miss Japan i'm not kidding, i really do.

After seeing all the reports from previous years and visits by TPR i was really happy to see Japan being offered in 2011. No matter what, i had to do this trip and see Japan and experience what all the fuzz was about.

 

Anyway, while trying to deal with missing Japan (and looking up prices etc to go back) i decided i should try to create some sort of trip report from the pictures i took during this trip. Just to keep myself busy and hopefully you entertained

 

 

Arrival day

 

After a long travel day (not going to talk about my flight, flat tire on the plane and so on) i made it to Japan and got my first experience of efficiency when arriving at the airport. It took 20 minutes to get from the plane, pick up my bags, get through customs and immigration, have my bags shipped to the first hotel and buy a ticket to get to Tokyo Disney. 20 minutes folks!! i'm not kidding. wow

 

The reason for going to Disney was 2 fold, staying awake to prevent jetlag (as much as possible) and the parks rehab schedule.

Here's a few images from this day (did not take that many as i knew i would be back) , enjoy and feel free to comment.

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So this was not just a Disney hotel, but also the monorail station. Did not even notice that when taking this picture with my sleepy head...

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First view inside the park

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yes :)

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Main street area

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Castle

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Nice shaded area with plenty of shops and other things to do

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it's a castle

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found this interesting (for some reason)

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anyway, there's today's target and the last picture from today's visit to the park. Guess i was too impressed to grab the camera

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View from the hotel room that evening

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After arrival day there was a day of relaxing, checking out the area and getting used to Japan before starting the trip.

See this link to get an idea about that day

 

anyway, on to official day 1 of the Southern trip.

This was a travel day (my first experience with the Shinkansen (aka bullet train)) and we also made it to Kashiikaen.

Lovely little park which was a fun way to get this trip started

 

Below are some pictures of that day, hope you enjoy them.

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ok, so that's a Shinkansen

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looking for something?? should be on this map

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First look at Kashiikaen

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hmm, coaster track

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park map

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first ferris wheel of the trip

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more track

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this does look pretty

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waterpark area for the "summer"

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there were not that many people in the park

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crazy plane?? i've had enough plane for a while ;)

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lining up for...

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nope, this one is just testing...

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here we go, powered coaster credit stop

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they look so happy

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wait?? is that Larry?? with sleeves??

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the "big" jet coaster at the park station and almost everybody in line..

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Can't wait to see your kawasemi shots! What was your favourite Japanese park?

At this moment i would have to say Disney Sea. I don't see myself as a Disney fan.. but darn it.. this place was just amazing (wait untill you see the pictures )

 

They're all quite mad, you know.

 

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Looking forward to more great Hanno pictures!

 

Mad?? They are awesome within 5 minutes i got to see 2 things (how people interacted and dressed) i had only seen in videos of previous trips and assured me i was really there. Just awesome

 

Great photos so far.

 

But what is this guy doing?

pretty sure he was just running to get in the picture while there was nobody else standing there

 

As usual, Hanno, Your pictures are stunning- but not enough StarPort 86 pics (But then again, I never tire of Space Mountain pics...)

sorry, i did not take nearly enough pictures there i think (must have been the jetlag)

 

Great photos but it's making me miss Japan even more!

If i could go back next week... i would... sigh

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Day 2: Space World

 

Home to Venus, which is a Maurer Söhne awesome intense looping coaster. Zaturn which is an Intamin rocket coaster (Stealth clone) and Titan which looks pretty big.

I managed to do something wrong to my body that morning so i decided to skip Zaturn and Titan (stupid me)

Guess i'll have to go back someday (win )

 

Managed to get all the other credits in before it started raining this day. I do not have pictures of all the rides at this park (and things to look at) It just feels good to sometimes just walk around a park and not worry about taking pictures all the time. Being in Japan and trying to take in everything felt more important at this time (or was it the jetlag or my hurting body?)

 

Anyway, hope you like them.

Feel free to comment

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just a random view during the train ride

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not sure what this is, but found it intriging to see at a train platform

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not our stop :)

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yeah :)

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owh wait, i think this looks like a coaster :)

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we made it :) Space World

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norides?? what?? no rides?? ehm...

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here we go ;) happy riders?!?!?!

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behind the scenes

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yup, looks like a fun ride

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ehm... can the window open on this one??

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here they come...

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hold on and have fun folks ;)

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that looks familiar ;)

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next stop :)

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ehm?? wth??

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launch fun :)

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yup, looked like fun

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next train, hold on folks ;)

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gravity can be annoying ;)

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yeah, looks a lot like stealth (Thorpe Park, UK)

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confused....

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but wait, there's more

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time for a photo lap and this "standard" picture ;)

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log flume

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another look at Titan

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titan train

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darn it, i failed timing this :( please ask Steve what happened ;)

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inside area

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random inside theming

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Day 3 part one: Kijima

 

This would be a 2 park day and some more bullet trains. First stop was Kijima, home of one of the few woodies in Japan and other fun rides.

Up "high" in the mountains the surrounding view was sometimes stunning

 

Anyway, hope you enjoy a few of the pictures i took at this park.

As usual, pictures are posted in the order that they were taken

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After a fun train ride we made it to this train station

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yeah, new transport "credit" in Japan, Bus time :)

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that looks interesting (would be our second stop of the day but more on that in another update)

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interesting structure... reminded me of a ramp for the ski flying/jumping people..

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driving into the "unknown"

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yeah :) we made it

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first stop of the day

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they look so tiny

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still waiting for that train...

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how's it going??

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poor TPdave...

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watch out for the bug Erik

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next stop

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ride layout (or most of it)

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here they come

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time to chill and relax :)

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funky train cars

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hmm, looks like we'll miss a credit.. guess i'll have to back to Japan :)

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powered coaster time

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bye bye car

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yeah TP, we're watching you ;)

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ehm... not for the weak of heart folks.. i think..

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another look at a car from the ride

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yeah, no train for the next couple of hours/days/weeks..

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looks like fun though

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ok, time for something totally different

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woodie time :)

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more woodie

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how's the track looking??

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just in case you wondered where we are today...

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here they go

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ehmm, happy/pain/...

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bye bye..

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let's zoom in a little

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lovely theming

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yeah, don't you think i might do that.. no way..

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next train...

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how's it going Divv ??

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skloosh with fountains

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view from a little higher in the air..

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just to give you an idea of the surroundings

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i spy TPR members going up...

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and i guess this is going down ;)

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lonely rider

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hmm, might want to keep an eye on this...

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going up...

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and going down :) lovely

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have fun folks ;)

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going up...

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thank you for riding Jupiter

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we could always end with a "bang" :)

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Hanno-

 

As usual- a phenominal photo update; Kijima looks like a bizarre knock-off of someplace like Kennywood or related. The enclosed splashwaters fall (I'm guessing) is designed so people can't get wet on it... Did you get to ride it???

 

Looking forward to the next update, too!

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And another awesome Larry face!

 

Yeah.. it's just too easy to select these awesome Larry faces

 

The enclosed splashwaters fall (I'm guessing) is designed so people can't get wet on it... Did you get to ride it???

i did not ride it (decided to do some other things)

but you can find an awesome video of it here

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The Intamin looper at Space world still looks a lot like a late Schwarzkopf looper.....

 

Not sure where you read it's an intamin looper....

Venus, which is a Maurer Söhne awesome intense looping coaster

 

Great update Hanno! This was a really awesome park day!

you're welcome and thanks for riding that ride

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Did they still have the Zorbs? Fun park but then what one in Japan isn't when your with TPR!

the hill was still there (and track) but i did not see any zorbs..

Maybe it's seasonal or maybe it is/was removed..

don't know.

 

And yes, any park is fun with TPR

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