Konichiwa from Japan!

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 8:53 AM
Hey all. As some of you may know, I'm in the middle of a whirlwind Japanese tour.

I have good internet access tonight at this hotel (APA Nagoya, HIGHLY recommended for anyone travelling in this country), so I thought I'd post a quick update.

Japan rocks.

We were going to hit Nagashima Spaland today, but due to the threat of a typhoon (hurricane) rolling through we decided to take it easy. We'll hit Nagashima tomorrow, skipping the previously planned Parque Espana, and then pick up the schedule from there.

So far, the trip has been going really well (even today -- we got a nice laid back sightseeing day with a good sashimi and sake dinner :) ). We've hit:

Toshimaen:
340. Corkscrew
341. Cyclone
342. Shuttle Loop
Hanayashiki:
343. Roller Coaster
LaQua:
344. Geopanic
345. Linear Gale
346. Spinning Coaster Maihime
347. Thunder Dolphin
Sega Joypolis:
348: Speedboarder
Tobu Zoo:
349. Crazy Mouse
350. Regina
351. Ladybug
DisneySea:
352. Raging Spirits
353. Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster
FujiQ:
354. Dodopa
355. Fujiyama
356. Mad Mouse
357. Zola 7
358. Fuwa Fuwa ("Annoying Hamster-themed junior suspended" ;) )
359. Rock N Roll Duncan
Tokyo Summerland:
360. Hayabusa (yes, we got that credit in there, probably by mere hours!)
361. Tornado
Yomiuriland
362. Bandit
363. SL Coaster ("Steam Locomotive Coaster)
364. Bow Wow coaster
365. Momonga (Standing and Looping Coaster) (sitting)
365.5. Momonga (standing)
366. White Canyon

Tomorrow, hopefully, Nagashima Spaland.

I'll post more when I get home, including plenty of pictures (I've already taken over 1000, so some of them should turn out ;) )

WHEW!

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 8:57 AM
My God, He's turning Japanese!

Thanks Greg :)

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 9:04 AM
Cue The Vapors?

Nice trip ... I am looking forward to the pictures since Japan is probably a no go for me for a while.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 10:06 AM

Charles Nungester said:
My God, He's turning Japanese!

You mean the "Konichiwa", or the 1,000 pictures? ;)

Thanks Greg, can't wait to see those pics...

P.S. Standing and Loop Coaster *is* two credits...ROFL!

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 10:20 AM
Glad to hear you are having fun, Greg! I can't wait to see the pics either!

Now that I have that stupid Vapors song in my head........;-)

-Tina

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 10:54 AM
I'm heading out that way tomorrow. Can't wait, even if I'm going to end up missing Hayabusa :(
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Thursday, August 25, 2005 1:56 PM
My God, He's turning Japanese!

Ya really think so? ;)

Great TR, Greg. Did I miss some news or something about Hayabasa? I'm not sure I understand your comment here:

Tokyo Summerland:
360. Hayabusa (yes, we got that credit in there, probably by mere hours!)

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 2:36 PM
Does your keyboard have all those confusing Japanese characters on it? Took me a while to figure those out, hehe.

Hope you're having a great time!

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 2:50 PM
I'm VERY jealous. Wish I was there too!

Did you hit Disneyland as well as TDS? That was my favorite place I visited there.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005 3:08 PM
Hope you continue to have fun over thurre Mr Leg. Can't wait for the pix, so I can live vicariously through you until I make my trip next year :-)
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Thursday, August 25, 2005 4:32 PM
There was an accident on Hayabusa a few days ago. The ride is closed until further notice. I don't recall the details off the top of my head.
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Thursday, August 25, 2005 5:27 PM
We haven't caught all the details, but apparently a support cable came loose and hit a woman, injuring her. It happened the day we were there, but after we'd left, so I didn't know about it until after we got back to the hotel.


PT300, the hotel we're in now has free internet in the room, so I'm using my own laptop, but yes, the Internet kiosks (which are EVERYWHERE) are quite interesting...

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Friday, August 26, 2005 7:39 AM
Am in the airport, waiting for my flight. I'm not entirely enthused about the fact that I'm going to be either on aircraft or in airports for the next 24 hours or so :(
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Friday, August 26, 2005 9:42 AM
Must Must Must, go to Nagashima Spaland, it rarely gets crowded, atleast when I went. I've been 3 times when I was stationed in Okinawa with the marines. I didn't think that Tokyo Disney was all that fun. Its always over crowded no matter what day you go. LaQua was fun, Thunder Dolphin was kinda, eh, but the drop was great. Fuji-Q, great place. Lol ok i'll stop now this is Gregs TR not mine.
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Friday, August 26, 2005 10:08 AM
I think I must be one of the lucky few then I was in the Disney resort in early July and I never queued for my than 10 minutes for anything obviously except pooh that hit about 40 minutes. At DisneySea everything was walk on.

Did you really think Fuji Q was good, I thought Fujiyama was pretty awful with a very painful end section and there was also the fact that were only running one train which made the queues very long. Doponda was a pretty incredible ride but the queue line was in a tin shed with no air-con units on and it was just to hot.

To me Japan was always the holy grail of places to go for amusement parks but out of six I went to I wasn't really that impressed. I thought DisneySea looked very impressive and I liked Thunder Dolphin and Doponda but for me that was about it. Visited both Disney parks, Yomiuriland, Tobu Zoo, La Qua and Fuji Q.

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Friday, August 26, 2005 11:12 PM
Japan isn't about coasters. It's about the experience. The food, the people, the loose socks.... ;)

Excellent! :)

Rob - who loves Japan, and loves most of the coasters there, but prefers the loose socks.

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Friday, August 26, 2005 11:44 PM
Which is exactly why I am not doing a Coaster Trip to Japan next year. Now that I'm probably going solo in Sept., I plan to go to Japan to go to Japan. I'll just be hitting a few parks on the way.
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:59 AM
DisneySea actually rocked, due to a combination of things: 2900 yen (about $29 USD) admission after 6pm, and single rider lines. We totally dominated the place. We'll be back on Thursday night for the after-6pm attempt at the Disneyland side, hopefully with the same success.

So far my favorite credit, though, was Dodopa. As Nasai said, though, Japan is all about Japan. The Shinkansen (bullet) trains are cool, but the Sonic's (slower, but still "express" service) are actually more comfortable.

Add Nagashima Spaland, Wonder Raketenchi (sp? -- don't have time to look it up now, and Kijima to the list of parks we've hit. Tomorrow, Spaceworld before catching the Shinkansen from Kokura (awesome little city) back to Shin-Osaka...

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:05 AM
The one thing I loved about living in Japan, was the people, so friendly, and very low crime rate. I would move back to Japan in a heart beat. And to make it all better, the coasters kick ass too. Sure theres no TTD or KK, but its not always about height or speed, its about the ride.
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:08 AM

GregLeg said:
We'll be back on Thursday night for the after-6pm attempt at the Disneyland side, hopefully with the same success.


GREG: RIDE POOH'S HUNNY HUNT!

Seriously....it's the most amazing ride I've ever ridden. Hell..remember Rob and Elissa's report...they hate the Pooh characters but still said it was a mind-blowing ride. Online videos do it no justice.

If you have to choose between one of the coasters and Pooh, choose pooh. (THe coasters are total copies of ours) On a scale of 1-100, the WDW Pooh ride gets maybe a 15 on my book, DL version gets a 5, TDL get's 100. Of course for $160million what do you expect :) *** Edited 8/27/2005 3:10:19 PM UTC by Peabody***

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