Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby I305forever » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:38 pm

markysharky17 wrote:Is anyone a wear of any other Togo paratrooper ride? Like possibly in the U.S. ? It looks amazing!


They just opened a ride a lot like it in Luna Park.
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby robbalvey » Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:02 am

The next day of our trip was an easy, more relaxing day. We just had to make our way from Fukuoka to Nagoya by bullet train, and then once we were there, we had some time to hang out and do whatever we wanted. We opted to visit a small park in the area called "Higashiyama Zoo" which has one of the more bizarre rides I've seen - the "Slope Shooter." I don't think I can consider this a "roller coaster" but it is most certainly fun, and the park also has a medium sized "Jet Coaster" as well as a few funky flat rides. This is one of those parks that is more than just a credit stop, but it actually has some unique and weird things I've not seen at any other parks.
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Our day starts out at... Mister Donut! Yes, this is the US chain that is long gone, but still lives on in Japan!

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Hello Mr. Bullet train! So happy to see you today!

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This might be my favorite train car in Japan!

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We have arrived in Nagoya and at Higashiyama zoo.

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As you can see, the entire property is HUGE!

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But we are just here for some amusements, so we're heading to that tiny corner on the bottom.

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This way, please!

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I think we have found our destination!

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The first ride making it up the hill to the amusement area is the "Slope Shooter" and this is one really bizarre, but totally fun ride!

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The car mostly glides on concrete through the turns...

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But the "slope" parts are this flume-like trough that you "shoot" through (I guess there is where it gets it's name from!) Watch this video...


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The girls about to take their ride...

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Each car is manually pushed out of the station and onto the lift hill.

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"WOAH! We have a live one here!" Thad was coming in pretty fast!

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The weirdness of Slope Shooter gets a thumbs up from all of us!

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Making our way up the hill more we find the "Jet Coaster" and a bunch of other rides.

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Your typical Japanese "Jet Coaster" is a fairly tame, but fun ride. Much like a mine train coaster, but not usually themed to anything.

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This one is most certainly fun and had a couple of mild pops of airtime.

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Statue of Liberty says "YOU MUST LIKE JET COASTER!!!"
(Photo by Hanno Roos)

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IMO, this ride is kind of the weird hidden gem of the park. The best way to describe it is like a "Paratrooper had a love child with a Scrambler!"
(Photo by Hanno Roos)

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The girls look a little nervous.
(Photo by Hanno Roos)

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The legroom is a bit tight! Lift up those legs or you might find yourself smacking the arm of the ride!
(Photo by Hanno Roos)

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It really is a Para-Scrambler!

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It's cool though. And I've never seen another one anywhere else.

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Yay! Kiddie Powered Coaster!

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Joe and the other credit whores rejoice!

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Some of the other rides in the park...

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And this wacky looking thing that is what nightmares are made of.

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Yay! Monorail fans can go here too and get a credit!

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For dinner we went to Din Tai Fung in Nagoya.

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Famous in Asia for their amazing "Soup Dumplings" and if you remember from other trip reports, this is like Elissa's favorite restaurant in the world!

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Each dumpling is made under a clean environment, with the perfect amount of folds and a specific process. They take their dumplings VERY SERIOUSLY!!!

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But the end result is OMG, soooooo goood!

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After dinner we hit up the marketplace! Check out all these crazy flavored Macaroons!

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Yummy!

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We didn't have Yakitori tonight, but we could have bought some and cooked our own!

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Then of course we felt the need to go to the toy store....Animal Crossing stuff!

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Baymax!!!

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More Animal Crossing!

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We found this interesting shop where you rent random costumes for about 15-20 minutes...

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and then you go get pictures with them taken in the photo booths! Oh, Japan!

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Whatever they are selling in here...I WANT IT!!!

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Actually, I'm pretty sure they are selling girls doing all sorts of amazing things to you!

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"I've seen one before, but never one that high up or that big!"

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Awesome building in Nagoya!

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Ahh, Nagoya...home to the animatronic crab restaurant!

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It's a pretty town...we'll explore a bit more tomorrow!
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby viking86 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:03 am

Always so much fun to read these trip reports from Japan. There is always something interesting. I'm intrigued by the paratrooper/scrambler ride, any video of it in action?

robbalvey wrote:We found this interesting shop where you rent random costumes for about 15-20 minutes...


I assume you went for the Anna dress... ;)
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby KBrylczyk » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:33 am

The legroom is a bit tight! Lift up those legs or you might find yourself smacking the arm of the ride!


A BIT?! That thing tried to amputate my legs four times! It was awesome, but holy crap!
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:49 pm

That's a great little amusement park in Higashiyama Zoo.
And yes, that paratrooper hybrid was a fun and totally wierd ride.
The Slope Shooter is cool too, although it's "coaster" authenticity
will be argued for a few more years I'm sure, lol.

And what the heck flavour is YUZU in the macaroons? I tried to
translate it, but nothing came up for me. Did anybody ask or buy one?
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And THANK YOU for taking a pic of the Haunted Swing ride! It was another little gem in the park for myself,
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby cfc » Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:24 pm

The Slope Coaster is unique--not to mention fun. But it's not a coaster--unless rolling down a hill in a shopping cart is considered a "coaster."

Bring on the dumplings and macaroons!
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:26 pm

cfc wrote:--unless rolling down a hill in a shopping cart is considered a "coaster."...


Well... isn't it? ;)
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:09 pm

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby Garet » Sat Jul 18, 2015 10:33 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:That's a great little amusement park in Higashiyama Zoo.
And yes, that paratrooper hybrid was a fun and totally wierd ride.
The Slope Shooter is cool too, although it's "coaster" authenticity
will be argued for a few more years I'm sure, lol.

And what the heck flavour is YUZU in the macaroons? I tried to
translate it, but nothing came up for me. Did anybody ask or buy one?


If the name is the same as in Korea, it's an Asian citrus fruit. Though it was already used for teas and other things, they just started making flavored soju and Yuzu is one of the flavors. Most other foreigners here just end up calling it the lemon soju lol.

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Japan - 2015!

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jul 18, 2015 10:55 pm

^That works for me, thanks! :)

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