On Aug 31, 10:44?pm, "David H.--REMOVE \"STOPSPAM\" to reply"
> On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:52:46 -0700 (PDT), Surf Dance Chris
> >On Aug 30, 11:10?am, "David H.--REMOVE \"STOPSPAM\" to reply"
> >> So, I'm off on this crazy coaster trip to Japan, South Korea, China (with
> >> TPR -- no comments, please!) and Taiwan.
> >> It's my most ambitious trip yet! ?Phase one in Tokyo is winding down. ?I'm
> >> off to Fukuoka in the morning, and hoping the weather holds out, since the
> >> coasters shut down in drizzle!
> >> If anyone is interested in updates, friend me on Facebook, where I'll be
> >> posting updates, pics, etc, when I have time. ?Probably not in China,
> >> though, since they block Facebook. ?But after, I'll try to catch up.
> >> I've never been a big fan of Facebook, but it seemed the easy way to post
> >> quick updates for everyone to see.
> >> For parks, I've already been to Tokyo (Sega) Joypolis, Fuji-Q Highlands,
> >> Tobu Zoo, a quick stop at Hanayashiki (I was already going to the temples a
> >> block away!) and quick stops at Aqua Stadium. ?(I'm staying in the hotel,
> >> after all!)
> >> Note that the trip is not ALL coasters. ?There's a decent amount of
> >> "culture" I'll be doing, too. ?I've already visited several temples, the
> >> tallest tower in the world, the Tokyo National Museum, and Shinjuku.
> >> So, if you're interested, friend me,ok?
> >> David.
> >> ?"With the first link, a chain is forged. ?The first speech censured,
> >> ?the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us
> >> ?all irrevocably." ?-Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
> >> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?"The Drumhead", _Star Trek: The Next Generation_
> >7 weeks? Have fun!!!
> >When I was in Japan, I went to Hanayashiki almost by accident. My
> >friend and I were on a tour which included the nearby temples, and I
> >saw the balloon type kiddie ride up in the distance. We walked over
> >and discovered the park. Since our last destination of that day's tour
> >was something we weren't interested in, we abandoned the tour there, I
> >popped into Hanayashiki and rode the coaster. It was the only time my
> >friend and I split up at all (she didn't want to pay the admission
> >price and coaster price). It was also the only time not knowing any
> >Japanese was quite difficult, too, as there was very little English
> >anywhere in the park (unlike most of the other places we had been). I
> >later was glad that I did it, though, as it ended up being the oldest
> >coaster in Japan, and would've definitely regretted not doing it if i
> >hadn't, especially since the only parks we did were the Disney parks,
> >Universal Studios Japan, and Tokyo Dome City (we also did the ferris
> >wheel by Disney, too). ?Incidentally, another sightseeing tour later
> >that week included a visit to Mt Fuji, which included lunch at Fuji-
> >Q's hotel. We originally were planning to do Fuji-Q instead of TDC
> >when we began planning, but due to poor reports all over the internet,
> >TDC seemed like a safer bet. It still killed me to know that we were
> >so close to Fuji-Q though while eating that meal (and the park looked
> Dead? ?Fuji-Q? ?If so, then you definitely should have gone. ?It's always
> PACKED! ?Of course poor operations and rides with HORRIBLE throughput (even
> if they WERE run well!) make the park always seem busy! ?Seriously, the
> ONLY thing that made the day worthwhile was paying to use their fastpass
> system. ?(And I thought Fuji-Q was bad with throughput until today at Space
> World! ?More on that in another post!)
> Think Six Flags but worse. ?But you have to go there because they have some
> great rides, and more world class coasters than anyone else. ?Plus, a HUGE
> walkthrough haunted hospital.
> As for Hanayashiki, I'd been there with the ECC and ACE 7 years ago.
> Honestly, the only reason I went was because I was already down the street
> seeing the temples. ?And I figured if I'm going to be that close, I might
> as well stop in, ?Plus, it's a decent coaster. ?And I don't feel like I'm
> wasting money supporting a small old park like that one.
> ?"With the first link, a chain is forged. ?The first speech censured,
> ?the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us
> ?all irrevocably." ?-Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?"The Drumhead", _Star Trek: The Next Generation_
I must have lucked out, because I went the end of June/early July and
had very good luck. The weather was great Summer weather, even though
it was apparently their rainy season (it only rained the night we
arrived). When we went to Disneyland, we did both Tokyo DisneySea and
Disneyland in one day (didn't get to do everything, but a lot more
than we expected, since everything in TDS was a walk on, and even the
rides at DL were slow (the only real wait we had was about 10 for Big
Thunder and 30 or so for Winnie the Pooh. Tokyo Dome City had no
crowds (although it doesn't seem to be a place that would). When we
were eating at the hotel at Fuji-Q, they were open, but saw a train go
on the coasters only every so often, and usually only a few guests on
each train. Fujiyama was closed for refurbishment, as we could see
maintenance being done. That park was near impossible for me to do at
all, since we were with a tour group, and only had 1 hour to eat, and
couldn't really leave the group and risk getting stranded before the
next destination (but I sure did think about it!). The only other park
we did was Universal Studios Japan which was on our last day, which
was either a Saturday or Sunday (I think Sunday), and that was
actually fairly crowded. They do single rider queues on nearly
everything there, which helped (except Back To the Future, of course,
the ride I came mostly for- it had already closed for good at both
Universal parks here).
My trip was only 8 days (and still way too expensive!), and had to
balance between parks and cultural stuff (my friend likes parks but
not as much as me, and I definitely wanted to do Disney and Universal,
she agreed one other which ended up being TDC instead of FQ. The fact
that we ate at a hotel at FQ was pure coincidence. And the fact that
we ended up being next to Hanayashiki at one point (which I didn't
even know existed) was pure luck.
David, when we visited the Tokyo Tower (looks like an Eifel Tower), I
could see an Intamin Half Pipe coaster in the distance in the middle
of the city. It was hard to tell from that height, but it seemed to
possibly be a standalone attraction. have you ever been to this place/
rode this attraction? I know Japan had tons of standalone ferris
wheels, but this was the only roller coaster I saw. Again, this part
of a tour group day, so I wasn't able to explore the possibility of