So you mentioned something about a theme park for Day 4? Yes! One in the heart of Tokyo, in fact it’s so close to other buildings that one of it’s main attractions–a roller coaster, skirts along the rooftops of nearby skyscrapers! But I’m jumping ahead a bit, first off breakfast and a little bit of anime shop exploring.
What’s for breakfast? There’s a chain of casual breakfast/lunch style eateries/bakeries called ‘Vie De France’, very good quality and quite affordable if you’re looking for a break from Japanese food!
And then after that? We headed to ‘Tokyo Dome City Attractions’ just a 5ish minute train trip from Akihabara! I’ve probably not had the chance to mention it before but I love theme parks and amusement parks, I used to be ~obsessed~ with them, and while that obsessive streak has transferred wholly over to anime I still geek out over them whenever I’m at one!
So Mister Theme Park expert, how does it ranks among the theme parks you’ve visited? It’s unique in that it’s right in the middle of Tokyo, and it’s not a cramped place either it takes up a fair ol’ chunk of real estate which makes me wonder how they stay profitable. Especially as the day we were there was very quiet. Though I guess with Tokyo’s population plus tourist numbers it probably manages to scrape by. As for the park’s quality itself, it’s above average. With the exception of the roller coaster (which we’ll get to) the rides are pretty standard amusement park fare, drop rides, dark rides, swinging pirate ships, etc.
But that roller coaster though, that’s gotta be some experience, huh? Yes, that’s “Thunder Dolphin” a 130km/h beast of a roller coaster that not only travels across rooftops and through the side of a building, but also goes right through the middle of the world’s first hubless Ferris Wheel! It’s fast and intense but a smooth ride, even the irlwaifu who can sometimes feel the effects of these types of rides a lot harder than I did found it to be an enjoyable (if terrifying) experience!
How many times did you ride it? Three times I think. Unlike the other rides in the park which were a less than 5 minute wait, the first time we queued took 40 minutes so clearly it’s a drawcard for the park. Though the subsequent times were less than 15 minutes each.
And after that? Lunch of course! Amongst all the fast-food options and incredibly busy restaurants that were in the indoor food court area of the park we found a small and relatively quiet (no wait) place that served Sundubu. It’s a Korean dish I’d never even heard of but the risk paid off as it was delicious!
And after lunch? More rides! Though ones a bit more relaxed this time… The big Ferris Wheel, suggestively named “The Big O” had some incredible views of the city, just shame the glass on the windows were so dirty.
Before we got on the Ferris Wheel they take your photo, and of course we had no intention of buying it because I mean, what kind of rube buys theme park photos?! But when we got off the ride we noticed they’d already printed it, plus I really liked how my shirt looked in the photo…
Complimenting your own shirt, huh? How vain can you get… Hey! Out of all the anime shirts I wore while in Japan this ‘Froppy’ shirt got the most unsolicited nods and smiles from random people, I mean it’s probably the most well-known character on all of my shirts too so that probably was a reason too.
Enough about the shirt! What’d you do after that? After a couple more low-key rides we went for a walk to some places nearby, unfortunately Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens was near to closing time but the gardens outside the actual gardens were quite photogenic too!
And then let me guess, after that… dinner? Correct! There’s a ‘Carl’s Jr’ in Akihabara and seeing as we don’t have them in Melbourne we decided to give it a try and man, probably one of the best fast-food burgers I’ve ~ever~ had!
Well this day seemed mostly without weirdness, congratulations on that I suppose! Hey, we ain’t done yet! While browsing Akihabara, on the ground floor of department store ‘Don Quixote’ we found what I like to refer to as a “waifu vending machine”! I don’t know why but all I knew was that I had to get me some bottled water with a cute anime girl on it! Enjoy the below video of the process! If anybody knows who this girl is, what she’s from or why I can buy water of her feel free to leave an enlightening comment! Otherwise this is just another Akihabara mystery.
Well I admit that’s pretty strange, but at least you didn’t do anything perverted! And then I went to the nearby convenience store to buy beer and porn. Thank you all for reading, I hope you enjoyed Day 4 of my Japan Trip–stay tuned for more soon!
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