Alexander: Our last official day in Tokyo was a survey of 3 little parks, each with one major coaster. While the latter two parks are actually Yokohama, Japan’s 2nd largest city, the “Greater Tokyo Area” is composed of both cities; together they compose the world’s most populous metro.
Alexander: Tokyo Dome City is nothing short of an enthusiast’s gateway drug into the world of Japanese theme parks. A great flume? A unique Intamin hyper? Essentially Japanese glitz? Pokemon? Oh yes.
Alexander: On the final day of the East Meets ACE tour we were blessed with great weather and two parks with 5+ credits each (plus a bonus culture credit in the form of an unusual Ferris Wheel in downtown Osaka).
Alexander: The seemingly countless amusement parks of the greater Tokyo area come in all shapes and sizes – most are small, but several are surprisingly big once you’re inside (Tobu Zoo), and some are utterly massive (DisneySea, Yomiuriland). Perhaps the biggest small park in Tokyo (or maybe the smallest big park) is Toshimaen?
Sean: The last Disney resort I had yet to visit was Hong Kong Disneyland. It had been a wild 9 months in which we visited all Disney parks around the world, and it ended with the one I knew the least about, the one that was always overshadowed by the more significant Disney parks. Upon visiting Hong Kong Disneyland it became clear why I, and many others, overlook this park. The park’s young age yet old feel has both its advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading “Hong Kong Disneyland”
Sean: This will likely be the least conventional post on the website so far. Unlike every other post, this will not be about a theme park nor a place that features a roller coaster. Instead, this report is about one of our favorite aquariums. The Port of Nagoya (Public) Aquarium is a combination of a state-of-the-art marine life park/stadium and a classic aquarium! You know we love SeaWorld, this is as close as we got in Japan! Continue reading “Port of Nagoya Aquarium”
Alexander: We’re back in Tokyo to check out one of the city’s largest parks, Yomiuriland. Located next to the Yomiuri Giants baseball stadium, Yomiuriland has an enormous spread of quirky and notable attractions.
Alexander: The day before Typhoon Trami made landfall, we visited two unique parks in Nagoya. Things didn’t exactly go as planned, but we had a great day anyway!
Alexander: I wish I could say that the first official park of the East Meets Ace tour was a great park, but Tobu Zoo is not a great park.
While the park has an enjoyable lineup of attractions, and management was kind enough to welcome us with ERT, the “zoo” part of the park is enough to prevent us from coming back any time soon.
Sean: Prior to this trip to Asia I had heard few things from Ocean Park. I had seen videos of their coasters, and of course knew all about their Arrow looper, but besides that I was unaware of the magnitude of this place. Clearly Ocean Park was Hong Kong’s only major park prior to Disneyland opening in 2005. Ocean Park sits on a mountain over the ocean and is one of the most breathtaking theme parks in the world. Perhaps it’s the world’s most scenic theme park. Join us around this massive marine-life, wild-life and theme park! Continue reading “Ocean Park Hong Kong – World’s Most Scenic Theme Park”
Alexander: Ohayo-gozaimasu! Welcome to “The Land of the Rising Sun”– Japan!
Our tour of Japan began in Tokyo, worked its way down through Nagoya, and culminated in Osaka. However, we really wanted to kick off our Japanese updates with our favorite (and perhaps the most topical) park of the tour, Nagashima Spa Land, located just south of Nagoya.