In any planned itinerary the occasional day is bound to fall foul of weather conditions. So it was with us today; the heavens opened in style just as we reached the first park of our day, Nagashima Spa Land. By noon, when the weather had yet to clear, we made the decision to abandon it outright in favour of Japan Monkey Park, reasoning that Steel Dragon 2000 would (probably) still be there on our next trip to Japan.
Japan Monkey Park
30th May 2007
Unfortunately for us the weather was just as bad at Japan Monkey Park, meaning that the sole operational ride was the enormous ferris wheel. It was certainly frustrating, but these things happen from time to time. It transpired that even if we'd had good weather we would have managed just two of the four coasters, as there was a section of rail missing from the Eagle Coaster and the train of the powered Monkey Coaster was in several pieces, presumably the end result of the failed government inspections a few weeks ago. We had ample time to walk around using our garden tickets, and saw a good selection of attractions, certainly enough to fill half a day, and we managed to have a good time even though there were no credits to be had. In fact, it is reasonable to say that we had more fun in a mostly closed Monkey Park than a mostly open Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland, and that says it all really.
To conclude with a brief tip, those seeking to base themselves in the Nagoya area should seriously consider the Royal Park Inn, a scant three minute walk from the train station. The hotel restaurant was very good value, and the breakfast was absolutely superb, though I'm slightly dubious about the option of having flied lice and french fries with my breakfast.
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