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After a fun night we woke up early of course with a hangover at least this time there were no trains or taxis, just a bus. After a little nap we arrived at Rusutsu Resort.

 

To get to the park you have to go through a luxury hotel which had many attractions in it self. We arrive early so we had some free time to explore a little bit. They have a very nice carousel and many shops and eateries. Also the had desperado! (which we will get to later on)

 

After about 20 minutes we were taken into the park to start our ERT.

 

Ultra Twister After a very long and steep walk we finally made it to the ride. After doing the Ultra Twister I thought these rides were fun but this one blew me away. Why? The dive loop! This one also had a turn table right before the lift. This was a great way to wake up and even better was we had an hour of it to ourselves!

 

Here is Robb's video of us check it out!

 

 

Loop the Loop The park also had a really weird looking Shuttle Loop made by Meisho. Instead of a launch you are slowly pulled up the spike in front of the car before being released backwards. It was fun though.

 

Hurricane Next up was your typical SLC. Even in Japan it wasn't good.

 

Space Shot S&S launch tower. "Ride it... Feel the American Power!" That is all...

 

Corkscrew Next up was the park's arrow coaster. The ride operator insisted us "be happy" before we dispatched.

 

Flying Cages The really cool thing about this park is that they had a flying cages! These were all over the US way back when but none exist today so I was really surprised to find one here! We had to it of course! Sadly I couldn't get it over the top but 2 in our group did. They are a lot of work but a lot of fun.

 

Mad Mouse We had to get our credit whore on so this was our next stop! This was a family coaster by Saeki.

 

Go Go Sneaker Next up was our second of 3 Togos the park has. This was a wild mouse, the worst part was the sudden brakes at the end so you had to brace yourself.

 

Mountain Coaster This was the loudest coaster I have ever been around. When this coaster made a cycle you knew it no matter where you were in the park. It was rough and I didn't care for it.

 

Skid Racing The park also had drifting go karts included with admission so we had to do it! There were a couple crashes and wipe outs but it was a lot of fun!

 

Standing Coaster Know what's better than riding a Togo stand up? Seeing all the random loose parts of your car just laying on the floor as you go up the lift.

 

Murder Lodge Some of us did the upcharge haunt attraction thing (I can't remember what they are called right now) it wasn't bad but not as good as the one we did the next day at Joypolis.

 

Big Wheel Next we went up the hill and did the giant wheel before hoping on the train and heading to see some horses before going back into the hotel. I grabbed some lunch while we waited for Desperados to open.

 

Desperados Being that everyone said "You have to do this" I knew I had to. We ended up filling the room with our group so it was more fun that way. It was a shooting simulator and being in Japanese it was awesome.

 

Cable Car Next we grabbed the cable car to the top of the mountain where we were greeted with a spectacular view of Mount Yotei! Oh and also of the park... we hung out for awhile and just relaxed and even watched a hang glider take off before heading back down to the park.

 

House of Horrors This was my second favorite haunt I did in Japan (First is Haunted Hospital at Fuji Q) this was detailed and very gruesome. It also had a creepy doll theme. It was awesome!

 

After this we went back to the hotel and hung out till it was time to meet up again to head out. Honestly I really liked this park! One of my favorites of the trip!

 

After we got to the hotel some of us went out to check out the giant arcade by the train station and grabbed a bite before going to bed since we had to be up early to catch our flight back to Tokyo. Next up Sega Joypolis plus giant robots and tons of randomness!

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Looks like we are in the right place!

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Got some time till our ERT? OK! Lets take a quick look around.

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A very nice carousel near the hotel lobby

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This came to life when you pressed a button and gave a show

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Heading into the park

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We have reached our destination!

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Matt and Bills faces say it all!

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Next car coming in!

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Matt and Cary up front

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Going down!

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Loop the Loop is up next!

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Looks really weird

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It is sketchy but it is fun

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Even Japan cannot make an SLC good.

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Ride it feel it...

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They also had a top spin

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I really like the way they run it

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Corkscrew is up next!

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Hi guys!

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Another view of Loop the Loop

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What?!? Flying Cages!

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These were a lot of fun but were also a work out

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Some others from the group on the ride later in the day.

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Hi guys!

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Nozzy on Go Go Sneaker

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Brace yourself!

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Good luck Dan!

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Here goes Sean

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John trying to figure out what is about to happen to him?

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Cute little maintenance track

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Log Flume

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Skid Racing!

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There they go!

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It got pretty intense

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Ryan making the standard pose

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Wipeout!

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We had to say a prayer and confess our sins before this one

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Upcharge but it was interesting and a nice warm up for the one the next day

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A safari or a hunt? Safari Hunt?

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Ryan gets pretty serious when it comes to shooting cute innocent animals

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Mountain Coaster is next

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Spot the TPR members

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The people in Tokyo hear this ride right now

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Heading up the hill

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The park had this really nice moving walkway to get to the top. Why can't other parks do this?

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Look back at the lower park

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Closed of course!

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Time to take the train

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Incase you haven't figured it out yet the park is a Ski Resort in the winter.

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Time to head up the mountain!

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A look back at the park

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Getting pretty high up

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Way up there...

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Next up was the Horror House.... Seriously very twisted

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Almost as creepy as the Horror House is these Ninja Turtle knock offs!

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As we leave Rusutsu Resort remember... be happy!

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You immediately see this upon exiting the cable car

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A look back at the resort

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Lets go check out this arcade we keep hearing about!

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It is a really nice arcade!

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We checked out the Pokémon Center to relive some of our childhood

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They had some other weird games including this air hockey table where about 20 pucks would randomly fall onto the table

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We passed by this on the way up!

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Sean won some snacks!

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Yup we are here!

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How about a huge bucket of candy or Ramen???

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Tempting.... but we had to be up early for our flight back to Tokyo in the morning so it was McDonalds than bed for me. I had a great time in Sapporo and really hope to return some day! Joypolis up next with Giant Robots, and more up next!

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What's going on here?

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Pokémon is still HUGE in Japan!

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This must be it!

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Want to win some chips?

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How about some pringles?

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The Horror House was truly bizarre--especially the realistic animal-torture exhibits. But that park is all about the Ultra Twister with a dive loop (possibly the most insane ride this side of, well, Insane at Grona Lund).

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I would hereby like to submit my vote for "Top 10 Creepiest Haunted Houses 2013" to Rusutsu Resort

 

What topped it is that there was absolutely no one working the attraction whatsoever.

Ken - great idea to explore and figure the haunt out (and it totally topped our "Murder Lodge" experience that morning!)

 

We just kind of walked up to it, wondering what it was and whether it was open, no one was around outside, but what we found inside was....well...here's a few pics from the experience:

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^ I agree but it is nowhere as big as it once was. I remember in 5th 6th grade walking into walmart and that was the first and last thing you would see. Now you really have to look hard for anything Pokémon related whether it be 3 packs of cards or even the new games.

 

Of course it could be a generation growing up kind of thing. But I was legit having a good time seeing so much of it everywhere in Japan.

 

I would hereby like to submit my vote for "Top 10 Creepiest Haunted Houses 2013" to Rusutsu Resort

 

What topped it is that there was absolutely no one working the attraction whatsoever.

Ken - great idea to explore and figure the haunt out (and it totally topped our "Murder Lodge" experience that morning!)

 

We just kind of walked up to it, wondering what it was and whether it was open, no one was around outside, but what we found inside was....well...here's a few pics from the experience:

 

Agreed! I thought it was going to be the same as the other thousand plus we seen on the trip I was not expecting it at all! Had we skipped it and found out later that would of been a huge bummer.

 

I am trying really hard to find a pov!

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That Paratroooer was nothing like the one in Hamanako Pal Pal Park, Japan.

The ride op there was right on the money, braking/holding and then releasing the

chairs, so several of us maintained spin after spin after spin! I got 7 in one of the

four times i went on it. This one was more of a controlled-by-machine thing. And

didn't work as well for myself.

 

The walk-through Haunt House was just as un-ride opped as it was with you guys, Dan.

I think we went in after you in fact, because we waited for the (^&%@# light to

go on - and then it did! So in we went. You didn't wait for the light - which was

good, for us LOL! It was wierd with dolls and animals in it, and cheesy bloody stuff.

 

Any my biggest freek out at the park, was when I was on the Stand Up Coaster,

just about to go into the main loop. I suddenly felt my knees starting to buckle,

which meant the bikesaddle I was straddling was NOT quite locked! Eek. But I

managed to stay calm and it actually worked out for the rest of the ride. Still,

it was quite the initial scare which thankfully, went away just as fast.

 

Looking forward to more, Ken!

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That Paratroooer was nothing like the one in Hamanako Pal Pal Park, Japan.

The ride op there was right on the money, braking/holding and then releasing the

chairs, so several of us maintained spin after spin after spin! I got 7 in one of the

four times i went on it. This one was more of a controlled-by-machine thing. And

didn't work as well for myself.

 

The walk-through Haunt House was just as un-ride opped as it was with you guys, Dan.

I think we went in after you in fact, because we waited for the (^&%@# light to

go on - and then it did! So in we went. You didn't wait for the light - which was

good, for us LOL! It was wierd with dolls and animals in it, and cheesy bloody stuff.

 

Any my biggest freek out at the park, was when I was on the Stand Up Coaster,

just about to go into the main loop. I suddenly felt my knees starting to buckle,

which meant the bikesaddle I was straddling was NOT quite locked! Eek. But I

managed to stay calm and it actually worked out for the rest of the ride. Still,

it was quite the initial scare which thankfully, went away just as fast.

 

Looking forward to more, Ken!

 

 

I think all the seats on the stand up were unlocked. Others I spoke to said the same. It was like being stretched and then squashed as you traversed the loop. Very strange.

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