Abandoned Park in Japan

Tuesday, April 26, 2005 10:44 AM
Hey folks,

My buddy just sent this interesting link that has pictures of an abandoned park in Japan. Pretty cool pictures what with the fog and all.

Any clues as to where this is? Is that a Togo coaster?

Gotta love the pix. They're georgeous! I do believe those are Prev and Next buttons at the bottom.

http://home.f01.itscom.net/spiral/t_rando/t_rando1.html

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 10:47 AM
There is also these

http://home.f01.itscom.net/spiral/t_rando/t_rando2.html
http://home.f01.itscom.net/spiral/t_rando/t_rando3.html

Funny how this stuff circulates so quickly, I just saw them 45 minutes ago.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 10:49 AM
Yup, and you can use the buttons at the bottom to get there too.

Well something like this is bound to get around. Did you see the Schwarzkopf trains? Interesting how the lift goes right out of the station like that. Doesn't seem like a wildcat, jet star, or jumbo jet configuration. Anyone care to comment?

Looks like a speed racer with a straight lift (and an arch in the lift to boot).

*** Edited 4/26/2005 2:51:34 PM UTC by janfrederick***

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 11:29 AM
This was posted on Fark a few days ago. Pretty cool stuff.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 12:26 PM
Anybody know what kind of wheel that is? I've never seen anything like it.

Although the sardine can like cars remind me of the elevator inside the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 12:36 PM
Ask Nasai. Rob sent a picture once that was taken in a wheel in Japan whose cars looked just like those.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 12:43 PM

Incidentalist said:
...the sardine can like cars remind me of the elevator inside the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Those things were *amazingly* claustrophobia-inducing...;)

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1:01 PM
I did a google translation, you can sort of make sense of what the photographer is commenting on.

link

From that, I got "Tsuga recreational area." There is a city in Japan call Tsuga, but could not find anything else on the park that quick. The translation is not bad considering it has to go form Japanese charaters to english.

This stuff is so fascinating. I have many urban exploration and abandoned building websites bookmarked, and this looks like another good site for this. But...Arggg, with this I am never going to get back and write my thesis and graduate ;) *** Edited 4/27/2005 12:16:46 AM UTC by Jeff***

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1:04 PM
Geez....has anyone ever played 'Silent Hill' or 'Silent Hill 2'??? One of the games has a setting in an old amusement park and those pictures just popped the thoughts of that game in my mind...especially with the fog.

Anyone figure out the park yet???

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1:12 PM
"Nominal Waste recreation area T"
is what I get from Babelfish

Looks like it was built in the late 70's by the gubment, then taken over by private management in the early 90's and closed in 99.

Gorgeous pics. Simply stunning. Reminds me of the Chernobyl amusement park pics.

none of RCDB's defunct Japanese parks seem to match up.

Love the shot of the Schwarzkopf train in the weeds.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1:37 PM
Wow, that's sad to see a coaster sitting deserted like that. It looks fun (and dangerous in its current condition). It's strange to think it could sit that long without getting torn down.
The coaster looks very familiar. There are pictures of it or a very similar Japanese coaster in an old issue of RollerCoaster Magazine. I'll have to look through my collection, but there's an issue (or two) that has a feature on the coasters of Japan.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1:46 PM
I went through that site and found pics of 3 more abandoned parks in Japan. ODD!!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 2:42 PM

janfrederick said:

Well something like this is bound to get around. Did you see the Schwarzkopf trains? Interesting how the lift goes right out of the station like that. Doesn't seem like a wildcat, jet star, or jumbo jet configuration. Anyone care to comment?

Looks like a speed racer with a straight lift (and an arch in the lift to boot).


The Tig'rr coaster at Indiana Beach as well as The Nightmare (I think that's the name) at The Great Escape have trains/cars similar to a speed racer, but have straight lift hills.

I've looked through several of my approximately 60 issues of RollerCoaster (Don't care enough to look through ALL of them) , but can't find the picture I was reminded of. Oh well. I did find a pic of a similar ferris wheel. One thing is for sure; Japan has some very odd steel coasters here and there. If you have RollerCoaster! Magazine, check out the Spring 2004 issue (RC!89) for some of these oddities. One example is Speed Boarder--the world's first sideways coaster, where the cars are oriented so the riders face sideways (perpendicular to the direction of travel). According to the description in Roller Coaster, the restraints are sort of elastic and when you hit a turn, your body is thrown outward and then snapped back into the seat--now that would be scary!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 3:02 PM
Yup...but the layout is definitely custom like a speed racer. Looks like it was really fun.

Hey CM, how about some direct links for the lazy ones here. ;)

Here's one by the way:

http://home.f01.itscom.net/spiral/yuuen/yuuen01.html

*** Edited 4/26/2005 7:18:06 PM UTC by janfrederick***

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 3:18 PM
Wow...great composition on those pics! I especially love the close-up shot of the handle of the ferris wheel car door.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 5:16 PM
Ha! I had a feeling you'd like that. I love all the pictures on the site. Great stuff. I also love the one of the lonely road up the hill to the park.

And man, the Schwartzie looks cool!

Hey, has the tamer/bater commented on your sig yet? ;)

BTW, anyone care to venture a guess on the last ride on page two? Do you think people hung on to those triangle things?

*** Edited 4/26/2005 9:18:20 PM UTC by janfrederick***

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 5:42 PM
I found the name of the coaster on RCDB:

http://rcdb.com/ig11.htm

I mean come on, isn't it obvious? CP moved the old one and built a new one 5 feet away so it wouldn't sink.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 7:13 PM
Here's another abandoned park... this one with a Shuttle Loop and some other stuff.

The pictures on that site fascinate me. Even the (gasp) non-park ones. Seems like something out of the original Planet of the Apes or some sci-fi movie where everyone on the planet all died. Cool.

What really amazes me is the amount of stuff still there. It's not like they're terrain woodies that can't be moved, why not sell that stuff off?

There was a Chernobyl park? Any pics of that? *** Edited 4/26/2005 11:14:59 PM UTC by kpjb***

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 7:13 PM
Well, got some additional info.

The park is located in the Northeast, north of Tokyo area. Possibly Mito city?

The park was opened in 1973, (Showa 47), and closed in 1982. It was reopened sometime after, and closed in 2000/2001.

It's pretty darn overgrown. You can also see how the heavy humidity affects the metal so quickly.

There is no indication on the site as to who the manufacturers are, but it's obvious that the one is a Schwartkopf, similar to Tigrr.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005 7:18 PM
Wow...check out the Coney Wonder Wheel clone at the bottom of this page!
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