Just this past weekend, we were lucky enough to get to go to Fuji Q Highland theme park, located next to Mount Fuji in Japan. This place is like Universal Studios on steroids, boasting some of the worlds most insane rides and attractions. Several of these attractions actually hold world records (more on that later)!
If you’re planning to climb Mount Fuji on your trip to Japan, you should definitely squeeze in an extra day for this place!
When To Go
Now, at the weekend (Fridays as well) Fuji Q can get pretty busy. For the most popular rides you will be waiting between 2.5 and 3 hours!
If you’re going on a weekend day, I would suggest getting there as early as possible. There is a bus that takes you straight from Tokyo, right to the park. This is the cheapest and quickest way but if you can’t do that, you can always take the train as there is a station right next to the park.
If possible, it would be best to go during the week. It will be much quieter, so you’ll have more time to go on everything!
Where To Stay
So, if you’re also planning to climb Mount Fuji on this trip (like us), you’re going to have to find somewhere to stay for the night.
There are plenty of hotels and hostels to choose from that are really close to the park. The best place to stay, in my mind is a hostel called Teishaba Guesthouse and Cafe. The owners here are so incredibly friendly and helpful. Each guest gets a slice of welcome cake when they arrive (this is so delicious, by the way). These guys also helped us with how to get to Mount Fuji by train and where we could store our bags and stuff like that.
If you want to check them out, click here
The Record Holders
As I said, Fuji Q holds various world records for some of its attractions.
The first is Takashiba, which is the steepest roller coaster in the world. One of the drops stands at an angle of 121 degrees, meaning it is more than just a verticals drop!
Next up is Eejanaika. This roller coaster is tied for the most inversions on one ride with an astonishing 14 total inversions! This is also one of the first 4D roller coasters ever built. This means that, as well as the roller coaster moving, each individual chair also moves and rotates. This ride was one of the biggest adrenaline rushes I have ever experienced, especially during the near vertical drop at the start!
Fujiyama is another one of the top attractions here and used to be the holder of four world records when it was built in 1996, but no more. It was the world’s tallest roller coaster (79m), had the largest drop (70m), was the fastest (130 km/h) and it had the world’s highest drawing height (71.5m) It may not still be a record holder but it is still one of the longest and fastest rides on Earth. Also, when you reach the top, you get one of the best views of Mount Fuji, but probably best not to take your phone or camera, as they will probably fly out of the ride!
Finally, there is Dodonpa. This is currently the 4th fastest roller coaster in the world, reaching speeds of 172 km/h. However, the most incredible part of this ride is its insane acceleration. It reaches this top speed in just 1.8 seconds! No, that is not a typo!
Other Top Attractions
Another one of the most popular attractions at Fuji Q is the Haunted House. This may be another world record holder for being the longest Haunted House in the world as it’s nearly a kilometer long! The building they use for this actually used to be a mental hospital and is said to be haunted by ghosts.
You and your friends are pretty much just left with nothing but a flashlight and each other and you must escape this “Labyrinth of Fear” as they call it, working your way through terrifying wards and abandoned labs as well as dark, empty hallways. All the while, there are these “things” that follow (and sometimes chase you) you through the hospital!
There’s also a fort attraction where you have to break in and complete a mission within a certain time limit. Over 1.2 million people have tried this and not a single one has succeeded!
As well as all this, there are various other rides that you find at most theme parks that are definitely worth checking out as well.
This was the most mental theme park I’ve ever been to and if you come to Japan, it should definitely be on your to do list. Actually, you should just put it straight onto your bucket list, it’s that good!
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