Jakizle Posted October 26, 2015 Share Posted October 26, 2015 When I was planning my international trips this year, I always said I would do London and Paris. Both were huge cities everyone seems to go to and it made sense for me to knock them out of the way and hit a few parks. However, when my trip to Paris got changed to Spain a week before, and London was looking expensive for what I wanted to do with the time off, I decided to use Labor Day weekend to check out Tokyo! Needless to say I was jealous of all the TPR trips there and wanted to see it for myself. While I wish I had more time, I am happy with what I got to see in 4 days and can't wait to go back for more! This whirlwind photo TR will include Tokyo Dome/La Qua, Yomiuriland, Toshimaen, Hanayashiki, Sega Joypolis, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Sea Paradise, and various neighborhoods around Tokyo. I can't wait to go back and spend more time at Disney under better circumstances (you'll see) and visit the likes of Tobu Zoo, Fuji-Q, and Yokohama Cosmoworld, plus a few neighborhoods of Tokyo I didn't get to see yet. Hard to believe after that there is still all the rest of Japan! No wonder everyone makes so many trips here. Let's just jump into the photos The idea came up two weeks earlier in Alaska...they had these signs to hold up and I figured the Japanese one was funny. Who would have thought two weeks later... ...I'd be at the airport heading to Japan! Today's ride was an American Airlines B777-200...quite old interior. Comfortable seats but no IFE really. Glad I slept for the 13 hour flight. For me, the realization I'm going somewhere finally hits when I have my boarding pass. Like this is really happening! Fast forward 13 hours and I am on the Narita Express in to Tokyo! The train is really easy to find, just right down the escalator when you exit customs. Stops at the big stations in Tokyo in about an hour! I got off at Shinjuku, where I would be spending my first night! This area is popular with the young crowd and I can see why Godzilla hotel! Passed this on the way to my hotel. Wish I could have stayed there but it was SOLD out on this Saturday. I landed at 4:30, made it to the hotel around 7 after everything, so I decided to head to Tokyo Dome before the 9pm close! Luckily it is on the subway line that runs right from a smaller station on the northeast side of Shinjuku. Like I would find for many Japanese attractions, you buy your own ticket at a kiosk! I love this. One ride was 1000 yen I believe, which is about 8 bucks. Being a Saturday, it was pretty busy. I would say the wait was about 30 minutes. I ended up being on the 2nd to last train and despite getting off at 8:55 the queue was already shut. Tired but still alive selfie! What a long day. But I got my back seat ride on Thunder Dolphin! I walked around the Tokyo Dome area for a little bit. It is SUPER nice. The impressive Tokyo Dome! Would love to catch a baseball game sometime. My first meal was pot stickers! Made really easy to order just by pointing at the picture in the Tokyo Dome food court. Back across the street, La Qua is an impressive mall with of course these two ridiculous rides on top/through it. It's true Thunder Dolphin isn't very intense, but still a very fun Intamin ride. At least the back seat had some nice "pull" down the drops and twists despite being fairly forcleess. I was just blown away by how nice this place was! I would definitely go back to experience the rest of while open and bustling. Before heading back to the hotel I decided to get some Japanese BR! Some interesting flavors, but I played it pretty safe with cookie dough. Back in Shinjuku, this was the view from my hotel! It was called the Granbell and was very nice. It was a far walk from Shinjuku station, but close to a smaller subway station. One thing I had never seen before...no matter how foggy the bathroom got, there was always a square in the middle that stayed clear! Love it Rise and shine...grabbed a snack that I loved and ate about 20 times in 4 days and started my first train adventure. The trains are super easy to use, just find your start and end on the map and see how much to get a ticket for. Of course you can always overpay and go to a fare adjustment machine to get change back at your final stop. I arrived at my first true Japanese park, Yomiuriland! Love that you take a skyride from the Keio-Yomiuri-Land train station. I have always wanted to check out Bandit due to how funky it is! Holy crap does it go way over and down there! Huge ride. The skyride into the park was a great way to see everything before going in. The park had an English menu at the ticket booths and opened at 9am sharp. Loved the early time to start my long day so I could squeeze in everything. My first stop was the kiddie coaster. I was afraid now being a bigger guy I would have some problems squeezing in, but it turns out nothing in Japan was ever a problem for me! Banding was up a few minute after park opening! And only a one train wait. I was worried because it seemed busy at the park entrance but I don't know where everyone went. Today was the last day of Splash Bandit! Being the dumb Texan I am, I didn't realize this and boarded the "wet" train and got sprayed by water cannons 5 times! The last operating coaster was the Togo looper. Both sides were running, but I chose the sit down side. The El Loco rip-off ride was still closed with the cars covered. It looked scary. Of course everyone raves over the Japenese vending machines. They are just great and so many interesting options. Also cheap!!!! Water was like 80 cents. I think this was the smoothest Togo I've ever been on lol I rode it again because there was no wait. In fact I was a solo rider! Fun ride. I rode Bandit a few more times (on the dry train!!!) and then headed out. This is a construction area for the park's new expansion next year that includes an indoor coaster. Bandit was fast, had some insane airtime and great layout, a few transitions did slam you around in the back but not bad if you were prepared for them! Heading back down into the endless suburbs. This is where you buy your ticket for the skyride BTW. Very easy to use and there is a discount for buying your RT ticket, just don't lose the 2nd one! 4 trains later, I was on my way to Toshimaen. Every train station has English signage luckily, making the trains much easier to figure out Here we are at Toshimaen! The park was also empty. Started off with the powered (shame me I know). We had to wait quite a bit for a few riders to join. Next up was Mini Cyclone! Cute kids ride and I'm surprised I didn't break it! The corkscrew was up next...they let me ride this one solo. I went for the magic seat...the trains seemed pretty new. One thing I noticed is how popular crepes were EVERYWHERE. Proof to some fellas that the Corkscrew was actually open I got lucky with this one...Cyclone had been closed when I arrived and still was when I finished the 3 coasters. But I decided to sit down for a little bit and rest and sure enough it started testing and opened! This was such a fun and unique coaster. Was not expecting the crazy track into the long tunnel! Fastforward an hour and 3 or 4 more train rides, I was on the complete other side of Tokyo in the Asakusa district! I had to buy a belt here because my jeans were falling down...maybe it was all of that walking This was more like old school Japan. I enjoyed walking through all of these street vendors. This was my first view of Tokyo Skytree hovering in the background. With the overcast weather it was hard to see much in the distance this trip but this was an impressive sight and building. Maybe up it next time if it's clear enough! At the end of all of the shops and temple, I found Hanayashiki Amusement Park! I think it's the oldest in Japan. You pay a small entry fee and then can buy tickets just for the coaster. I think it was 5 tickets (100Y each?) The roller coaster doesn't seem like much, but holy crap it picks up speed and some of those drops into tunnels and hills at the end were insane! Great ride. I climbed the stairs to the rooftops to check out the views. Loved how they stack all of the rides on top of each other RCT like in this very small area Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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