Day 4 - Tuesday 31 March - Fukuoka to Hiroshima

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Whewf. Another 15k+ step day...!

Got up relatively early (well early for everyone else, normal time for me ;) ). The hotel had breakfast which was useful. No hot food though, except some hard boiled eggs. Took ages to get everyone out the door, but did eventually and left Fukuoka on a shinkansen bound for Kokura.

Got off at Kokura and then hunted around looking for lockers. Found a small batch of them in the station, and then sent out a search party (Stu) to find some more available big ones. Chucked all our bags in lockers then got on a local train to Space World!!  (Stu didn't want to go to Space World so he spent the day wandering around Kokura)

The gang outside Space World
The gang outside Space World

Space World was pretty cool. There were a couple of way cool roller coasters and a third one that wasn't working which was pretty disappointing because it looked awesome. My favourite of the two big working ones was the Venus GP which was spectacular. Went for a full two minutes, over a kilometer long, had an upside down loop, was very fast, not too violent, and was way cool in every way. We went on it in the morning and I spent all afternoon itching to go back on it. I did have another go later in the afternoon, and even managed its last ride of the day just before the park closed. Probably one of my favourite roller coasters *ever* !

Venus GP in front of the Space Shuttle
Venus GP in front of the Space Shuttle

The other cool roller coaster was the Zaturn. This thing had a magnetic propulsion system that went from zero to 128km/h in like a second. It was freaky! So it shot you along and then 65m straight up into the air where you went over the top and then came straight back down. You barely have time to be scared cause it's over so fast :) (and not much time to enjoy the view at the top either heh). It was a bit more violent though so left going back for a repeat run until right at the end of the day. But the queues were so short I actually managed to get two more rides in :)

Zaturn roller coaster
Zaturn roller coaster

The rest of the park was pretty standard. We went on a very wet-making water coaster (which was actually pretty good - it got out of the water for a bit and did some roller coaster stuff in the dark before the big drop at the end) and one similar to the Snowy River Rampage at Australia's Wonderland, a couple of small roller coasters, and saw a couple of "show" rides. One of the 3D shows was pretty good because the story worked without commentary. Another one was an actual space show which was 3D as well and very pretty, and was talking about the enormity of space and the Voyager probes.. at least we assume it was, because it was only in Japanese.. Doh!

Adventure Cruise - we got very wet in this!
Adventure Cruise - we got very wet in this!

I want a room with all these lights!
I want a room with all these lights!

Space Eye ferris wheel (Ferris wheels are very popular in Japan)
Space Eye ferris wheel (Ferris wheels are very popular in Japan)

Alien-themed toilet signs
Alien-themed toilet signs 

Boogie-Woogie Space Coaster (aka Cute little roller coaster), Cosmo Fighter Dome, Zaturn
Boogie-Woogie Space Coaster (aka "Cute Little Roller Coaster"),
Cosmo Fighter Dome, Zaturn 

Venus GP and Space Shuttle
Venus GP and Space Shuttle 

Zaturn roller coaster
Zaturn roller coaster 

Saying goodbye to Space World
Saying goodbye to Space World

Finishing off with the three big coaster rides was super awesome, was glad I was able to. Got our day packs out of the locker (they are only one-use lockers for 200 yen for the little ones) then walked back to the train station and caught a train back to Kokura. Stu was waiting for us and then we went for a walk to look for dinner. There were all these really cool alleys of shops and tiny restaurants in the area next to the station. But we didn't end up getting anything from those - we ended up at Mos Burger. We really are planning on eating more "real" Japanese food - honest!

Alley in Kokura
Alley in Kokura

So went back to the station with the intent of catching the 19:52 to Hiroshima. But the Nats wanted to find the 100yen shop they'd been told about. So we left them to catch the next train and went on without them heh. (But they made it without any troubles, so all good ;) )

Station labelling - colour coding for the types of trains
Station labelling - colour coding for the types of trains

The bed in this hotel is almost as hard as the floor, so not sure how well I'll go sleeping on it.. Hrmmmm....

Below are a few photos from Stu's day wandering around Kokura.

Kokura Castle
Kokura Castle 

Kokura
Kokura

Diorama in Kokura Castle
Diorama in Kokura Castle

Dude playing the sax
Dude playing the sax 

Carp/koi feeding frenzy
Carp/koi feeding frenzy


Steps walked today: 16015
Photos taken by me: 154
Photos taken by Stu: 235

3 Comments

Space World looks awesome.

It was *totally* awesome! It's a shame the big yellow coaster wasn't running, that would have been way cool too.

Missy said:

I don't think I'd know what to do reading the sign for the loos.

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