We allowed ourself a late start this morning, and as a direct consequence of this we were joined by seven American enthusiasts who we'd run into during breakfast. All were just as enthusiastic as we were at the thought of picking up a pathetic junior coaster credit in a small city centre park in Tokyo. Unfortunately the Meisho mouse we'd been expecting to find at Arakawa Park had been retired in favour of Mini Coaster (#603), a generic Big Apple of a type that we could have ridden at any time in a multitude of places. If we had known ahead of time we'd have gone to one of the other parks in greater Tokyo; perhaps this trip report will allow another enthusiast to avoid our mistake.
4th September 2005
The approach to Oyama Yuenchi looked promising as the twin spikes of a Schwarzkopf shuttle loop appeared on the horizon, alongside a parachute drop, another coaster of indeterminate genre, and the obligatory enormous ferris wheel. However, as we got closer it became apparent that nothing was moving. Closer inspection again indicated that the park had evidently been closed for some time; the gates were locked, and the gardens within were clearly overgrown.
We chose to turn adversity into opportunity. One of our group spoke to a security guard, and in no time we were all wearing staff passes and exploring a dead park, walking all around (and over) the rides. Pictures say more in this case than words ever could. On a positive note, the attractions we saw appeared to be intact, and although some could use paint it is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that this park will rise again some day.
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