Osaka Universal Studio 大阪 環球影城

歡迎來到 Universal Studio

當時因在早稻田留學,幸運地認識了一位很好的朋友。當學期才剛開始,我們便去了熊本、阿蘇火山。這次從福岡坐夜行巴士,花了七小時之多,才抵達大阪梅田。先獻上一張梅田的夜景。

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這是在梅田空中庭院上拍的,空中庭園下面就是夜行巴士的車站。當我們抵達售票口時,恰好是結束售票的時間。幸好一旁的工作人員,帶我們到隔壁的商店買票入場。人生第一次看到如此光亮的城市,從各個方位看出去,光一直延續到地平面才消失,嘆為觀止。

門票的部分,我們在網路上已經先訂好了Express 7,可以快速通關七項遊樂設施。進場時,出示QR Code便可以,不需有紙本票根。如果有購買快速通關的話,就不需要花太多時間排隊囉,真的挺貴的。但是逆轉世界這項遊樂設施還是排了挺久的,一個多小時吧。如果沒有快速通關大概要兩三小時吧….

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魔鬼終結者2

魔鬼終結者的劇場大概有挺久的歷史了,但其視覺效果震撼度,有閃光,火焰,氣體。是所有劇場最好刺激的。而且居然不用排隊,實在太幸運了。

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來到侏儸紀世界必吃的豬肋排要價1300円

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在侏羅紀樂園,恐龍會不時的出沒,並且遊走在街上,嚇壞小朋友。管理員會拿散彈槍嚇阻恐龍。

侏羅紀這區最有名的就是飛天翼龍了,只可惜我沒玩到,因為我們買的快速通關中沒有包含這個設施。還有風太大的時候不會營運唷。

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很多麻瓜來USJ,大概都是為了來參觀一下霍格華滋吧!

霍格華滋提供了軌道列車搭載4K3D影院,感覺就像法國迪士尼的L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy 料理鼠王的實境歷險。不過霍格華滋的刺激度更上一層樓,坐完可能會暈眩唷,因人而異。這項設施有快速通關的話,可以節省不少時間,我幾乎沒有花到什麼等待的時間。

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麻瓜們看著魔法師展現漂浮術
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巷子裡可有驚喜呢!
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這個遊樂設施跟逆轉世界比…等待的時間也挺久的 >_<
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個人覺得最有趣的遊行就是小小兵消防隊啦,可愛的程度吸引不少人向前自拍呢。

這趟大阪之行,目標就是對準環球影城而來,並沒有去其他的景點了。

開學中,抓緊空閒的一天,衝去很遠的地方玩,一天來回坐夜巴,利用年輕的本錢,如此盡興地玩。

時光雖短卻記憶猶新。

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Fukui Dinosaur museum 福井県恐竜博物館

Fukui Dinosaur museum is one of the three biggest dinosaur museums in the world along with Royal Tyrrell museum and Zigong museum. In the early 1900s, people did not believe that dinosaur existed in Japan until 1986. A high school girl found a tooth in Fukui which had been identified as a dinosaur tooth later. After the discovery, more research had begun  and more discoveries had been found. Seven new species has been discovered, including Fukuiraptor, Fukuisaurus, Fukuititan, and Fukuivenator. The museum was built in 2000. Its shape looks like an egg. However, it was designed as it required a huge space to display dinosaurs fossils. To make the space look better, they did not want to have any pillars near the dinosaurs. The main hall is divided in two sections, one is most for carnivore, and the other is for herbivore.

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In the main hall, there are three floors. The basement is main entry, a simple hall way displaying fossils.

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On the first floor, the T-rex is brought to life! This vivid t-rex is showing its fury. It is said that dinosaur lays eggs from the excretory organ. IMG_7757.JPG

The bones are used to estimate the dinosaur’s age. It touches like tree. IMG_7758.JPG

Hadrosauridae has crest on its skull. It was used for making sound.

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Tarbosaurus’ eyes are not facing in the front unlike Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Tyrannosaurus Rex!! Its skull is the most complicated part of all exhibited dinosaurs.

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Fukuiraptor. It is said that the color of dinosaur is hard to define. We can only predict it.

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Pterosaur

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How do we know it is a dinosaur?  Dinosaur was evolved from Archosauria. A dinosaur’s skull has a large opening in the front of eye socket. Dinosaur can stand with their legs straight. Their tooth has its own socket. People misunderstand dinosaur. Pterosaur, Ichthyosaur, MosasauridaePelycosauria are not dinosaur! Is all dinosaur cold-blooded? No! Some are ware-blooded.

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A view from second floor. It is just amazing to see so many huge dinosaur walking around! It reminded me “Night at museum”. The T-Rex was chasing Ben Stiller.

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Taking photos of these 30m dinosaur is so difficult!

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Ouranosaurus
A series pf elongate dorsal neural spines form a “sail”, which might have been used for thermoregulation or visual identity.

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One of my favorite! Albertaceratops is so cute, isn’t?

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This dinosaur museum is located 4 hours by train from Osaka. I recommend to stay a night before visiting the museum. In the next morning, go to take the earlier train from Fukui station to Katsuyama station. It takes almost an hour. Once arriving the station, you will need to take a bus from station! It is a long way trip. However, the dinosaur won’t let you down!! It totally worths it! By the way, you can buy a ticket combo from Fukui station, which includes the tickets of train, museum, and bus, around 2000 Yen.

 

ASO 阿蘇 Helicopter Tour in カドリー・ドミニオン

I always like to go to countryside to see the beauty of the Earth. I dreamed to appreciate it while flying in sky as a bird. At this time, as soon as I heard there was a helicopter tour around ASO mountain I couldn’t hide the excitement. All I wanted to do was take the ride and experience the splendid nature in sky.

First, the helicopter tour is located in Cuddly Dominion. Map
This is a zoo with over 2 hundreds bears as Showanshinzan Kumabokujo in Hokkaido. Tourists can feed bears with toast, bear food, and chicken (Only for brown bears).

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Brown Bears pleasing for food
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Japanese black bears

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Fee

mini tour: 2 minutes. Adult ¥2900, Child ¥2500

米塚 tour: 4 minutes. Includes mountain. Adult ¥4800, Child ¥4500

volcano tour: 7 minutes. Includes volcano. Adult ¥7500, Child ¥7000

super tour: 10 minutes. Includes mountains, grassland, volcano. Adult ¥12500, Child ¥11500

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Me!

Luxembourg Adventure – Luxembourg

Luxembourg is not only a country but a capital of its country surrounded by Belgium, France, and Germany. After Brussels and Strasburg, Luxembourg city is the third capital of European Union. The highest GDP in the world 114,512$ the second biggest commercial center after US. Geography: One of the smallest sovereign nation in Europe. A population is 55 thousands. How to go to Luxembourg? I took the TER from Strasbourg, which took about 2 hours. What was the first impression in Luxembourg? TGV-route-map It wasn’t as small as I thought. Its terrain wasn’t flat! There were many valley within the city. It was first a castle, which was easy to defense thanks to advantage of lots of cliffs. As I walked around the city, I could see numerous of bridges. Under these bridges usually is where old town located. My hotel is Luxembourg Youth Hostel, which located in one of the valleys. It wasn’t very far from the main train station, however, trolling a suitcase in such rock roads, and ascended, descended was really painful. IMG_1509


Luxembourg Youth Hostel Website: Click As a hostel, it is really comfortable to stay. I was staying with 3 friends. We had a room with a toilet and a shower. Be aware to take your own towels and lockers, if not, you have to pay some money to rent it. This hostel has no kitchen. They server breakfast, lunch and dinner, which in my opinion it is the cheapest food you can find in Luxembourg, each meal around 9.9 euro. Each person per night is around 25 euro. On the way to train station, there are a lot of shops, supermarkets, which you can buy food there as well.


Where to visit? This city is based on its castle, which was first built at AD 963. It is a UNESCO world heritage. There are two circular walk you can take.

  • Wenzel Circular Walk
    • A tour through time and space, connecting the Upper and Lower towns: “Bock” promontory, Old Town, Wenceslas ring wall, Alzette valley with its unique fortifications. The Council of Europe has rated this walking tour as an “outstanding” cultural itinerary.
  • Vauban Circular Walk
    • The Vauban Circular Walk, named after the famous French fortress builder, Sébastien le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), leads visitors through parts of the fortifications from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

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Monument of Remembrance

The centrepiece of the monument is a 21-metre-tall granite obelisk. Atop of the obelisk stands a gilded bronze statue of a lady, representing Nike, goddess of victory, or “Queen of Freedom” (Friddenskinnigin in Luxembourgish), holding out a laurel wreath as if placing it upon the head of the nation. At the foot of the obelisk are two (ungilded) bronze figures, representing those Luxembourgish soldiers that volunteered to serve for France; one lies at the base of the statue, having died in service of his country, whilst the other sits, mourning his dead compatriot. (From Wikipedia)

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Interesting to see all the bridge was under maintenance. Lots of constructional materials were lying under it.

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Friends were swinging! When we were about to leave, two police officers came. One asked us what we were up to here, while the other was sniffing around like we were taking drugs and he wanted to find an evidence. They frightened us. We were just enjoying swinging when no kid was playing there.

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Musée Draï Eechelen

It is all about history.

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Philharmonie Luxembourg

check some programs here. Maybe you might be interested to enjoy a feast of music.


Summary After staying in Luxembourg for three days, I almost explored all the outdoor tourist attractions by only walking. This city in my opinion, it doesn’t have really clean streets, however, the streets are mostly wide. Some places are still in construction around Europe Union Zone. The most interested thing to me was its spectacular geographic position. Seeing huge bridges anywhere, lots of plantation under bridges, like a big park! Walking under bridges is like I escaped from the busy city. Bridges are a great combination of middle-age buildings, modern buildings, and the mother nature.


巴黎迪士尼樂園 攻略篇

巴黎迪士尼為全球第四座迪士尼樂園,歐洲第一座。興建於1992年4月12日 位於 Marne-la-Vallée,位於該TGV車站的正前方,走路不需三分鐘即可入園。 三次在該車站轉乘火車,都儘儘只能站在門外遠觀XD。趁著放假,終於有空進去啦! 買票?英文官方網站 可在官網線上訂購,但本人剛好有著ISIC學生證,現正有著迪士尼促銷套票優惠,原價139歐元以89歐元購得兩天通票! 此通票能任意進入Walter Disney Studio 以及主要的公園。

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第三次前往迪士尼樂園!十五年前去了日本,八年前去了香港。這次進入迪士尼樂園有種返老還童的感受,尤其是看到跟以前一樣的爆米花盒! 去之前不妨確認一下,有哪些設施在維護:連結 像我這次去Space Mountain 居然在維護!!頗可惜的! 既然是全歐洲唯一的一個迪士尼,又可謂全歐洲第一的遊樂園,人潮擁擠!入園第一件事,確認想玩什麼,搶先拿FastPass。利用門票背面的QR code,一個人只能限拿一張FastPass。 此迪士尼有兩個園區。

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圈圈標記我所玩過的

Walter Disney Studio這個園區,展示較多Marve的海報XD,除了海報之外,似乎看不到什麼Marvel了 此區展示較多的迪士尼動畫電影,例如有海底總動員,汽車總動員。 最值得一看的大概就屬 汽車總動員的特技表演,刺激的特技演出,上演空中飛車,逼真的槍戰,彷彿在片場般。 藉由兩位主持人,其實就是正副導演,他們解說拍片的過程,如何運用這些特技,及不同的攝影機視角,合成出電影中刺激的片段。聽不懂法文沒關係,其中一個導演會負責翻譯成英文。 這個園區中,最刺激的莫屬於Hollywood Tower,其實呢就是大怒神。只是可以在下落前,欣賞到迪士尼精心的佈景。個人覺得其實不太高,並以間斷的方式,自由落下。另外Aerosmith的雲霄飛車是園區最讚的雲霄飛車了!雖然在黑暗中,什麼都看不到,但音樂很好聽,並且有360度的軌道。

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主要的園區則是分為 Fantasy Land, Discovery Land, Adventure Land, Frontier Land.

最刺激的遊樂設施都位於 Adventure Land, Frontier Land分別各一個雲霄飛車,印第安那瓊斯及Big mountain adventure

印第安那瓊斯的雲霄飛車有360度的旋轉!但刺激程度卻不及Big mountaion adventure,Big mountain adventure速度較快,彎道多,軌道較長,並有全黑的隧道。

身為星戰迷的我,最期待的就是這個啦!

X-Wing

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該體驗是類似於4D,乘坐於運輸船,感受星際間遨遊的快感。雖然設備過時,也比不上其他設施的刺激威,但就是那種復古的風味,吸引著星戰迷!

2015年的夏天,主題是冰雪奇緣Frozen,每天都有Elsa和Anna乘坐馬車,在園裡遊行。

在 The Chaparral Theater 能看到冰雪奇緣的表演唷,但只限定假日喔。

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交通

可在各地車站搭車前往 Marne-la-Valée TGV ,出站直接就是迪士尼樂園的入口囉

通常前往的火車班次不多,並為一大早。並可在此車站搭乘歐洲之星。


住宿

迪士尼本身有提供五個住宿旅館,但不提早訂可能訂不太到,價格也較高。

不妨可以透過訂房網站,查查附近的飯店,像我這次就居住在Hipark Serris。從火車站都有接駁車到飯店。50路公車,大概每一小時一班,不太一定,只要說你是要前往飯店,就是免費的喔,此班公車還經過 Adagio, Élysée.  巴士時刻表

Australia Adventure – Sydney – Part 3

Sydney History

Back into 1788, the First Fleet of Great Britain transporting thousands of convicts arrived in Sydney. Admiral Arthur Phillip who led the fleet become the first governor of New South Wales and founded the city of Sydney.

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Sydney harbour also known as Port Jackson named after Sir George Duckett.

at noon we where…about 2 or 3 miles from the land and abrest of a bay or harbour within there appeared to be a safe anchorage which I called Port Jackson.

James Cook who discovered the harbour

The statue is Admiral Arthur Phillip around Royal botanical garden.

Despite all the tedious history, whether it stirs up your heart to sail in the Sydney Harbour, the biggest natural harbour in the world?

Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lying here is a shipyard, operating between 1857 and 1991. It played an important role in the second war world. Here, hundreds of ships were built, and ships were repaired here.

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  • Take a boat in Circular Quay

On the island, there were more seagulls than visitors. Be aware of “Agression Seagulls”. At the time when I went there, less than 10 people I had seen on there. All the island was like my private island. Apart from seeing lots of abandoned factory, you also can enjoy the fascinating view of the Harbour. PS: here is also a camping site.

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Lying on the beautiful lawn, with all the blue water sparkling in my eyes, I relaxed and felt calm. All fatigue was gone.

Watch the promo of Wolverine at Cockatoo Island ! Youtube link

Next stop !!! Let’s go to Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef !

Australia Adventure – Sydney – Part 2

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


A continent that is disconnected to other world, creates its own specialty.

In Sydney, it is very convenient to go to most of the tourist attraction by walking or public transportation.

Here is the map of trains in Sydney : Download

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  • Madame Tussauds
  • Wide Life Sydney Zoo ( Two zoo in Sydney. The other is Taronga Zoo)
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

I visited the latter two attraction. In my opinion, they both worth a visit. Especially, if you only stay in Sydney, the most convenient way to see all special kinds of Australia is to visit Wide Life Zoo. As well, you can get a hug with koalas.  Besides mild and cute animals, crocodile which length is 5 meter. Its name is Rex. Fierceness is in his nature. He is renown of killing his wives. For entertainment, the zoo offers a feeding show that Rex will jump out of the water and make a huge bite!

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Tasmanian devil

Their size can be like a small dog. They are endangered.

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Wallaby

They look like Kangaroo. The difference between them is size, and the width of their tail.

Kangaroo is bigger, has bigger tail.

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Cassowary

This heaviest bird in the world. Around 70 kg.

When I traveled in Queensland, I saw twice in the roads !

They can be easily found in zoos, but this one is the most beautiful I have seen.

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  • 305m height
  • built in 1970
  • a 4D cinema beneath it. (Not really special)

See the whole Sydney !

They offer combo tickets including the followings

  • Sydney Tower Eye
  • Sydney Aquarium
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary

You don’t have to buy all in one, you can only choose where you want to visit. Find the price

In the meantime, I saw some free tour around the Sydney Tower.

Join them and start a “free” tour.

What is free tour?

  • usually walking tour
  • tips a guide valued by your own.

You can find free tour information here.

I joined a lot of free tours in different cites, it is a really good way to know more historical knowledge.

Next post: Let’s go to Cockatoo Island by “Fancy boat”