Do you know Mount Fuji? I bet you do, it is Japan’s highest mountain and it is known for its great beauty at any time of the year. But do you also know the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park near the base of Mount Fuji? It is hands-down the one amusement park you can’t miss if you are a true thrill-seeker!
The Fuji-Q Highland park is located in the Yamanashi prefecture, about an hour and a half away by bus from Shinjuku, Tokyo. The amusement park not only houses several of the most bloodcurdling attractions in the world but as an added bonus also boasts a perfect view of Mount Fuji!
I went to Fuji-Q with my friends, and I was really excited on beforehand because they are supposed to have very scary haunted houses, and it was my first time to try a Japanese haunted house. As a lover of Japanese horror movies, the park itself was like heaven for me. Since I was not able to ride all attractions, I will list the 5 rides that I liked best out of the ones I tried.
The Ultimate Fort is for those who love playing counter strike or shooting games, as it is a test of teamwork, flexibility, and alertness. In this attraction, you will go to several rooms with your team to collect the codes necessary to go to the next round all the while trying to avoid cameras, lights, and trap doors. It is said that no one has ever been able to finish the attraction, but maybe you can!
This is the attraction that I was really excited about but do keep in mind that because of its greatness, you have to pay 500 yen extra to enter, and if you so want you can pay 1000 yen extra for an amulet against the ghosts. This attraction lasts for a whole hour, so be prepared!
Upon your entrance, you will be greeted by kind nurses, and you will watch a short Japanese horror movie that depicts the history of the haunted hospital in order to pump up your fear meter. Then they will guide you upstairs. Every part has a special exit door that you can use if you decide to give up, in case you feel like you can’t go on. As for the scary factor? I had to use one of the special exits… I guess you should try to finish the whole route, but good luck!
Being called the King of Coasters you can already catch its drift, being 29 meters high at its tallest point and taking several minutes to finish. To have its name mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records is definitely deserved, and all I can say is that it was a really nice experience for me, but so exhilarating that I couldn’t do it a second time.
Dodonpa is the rollercoaster with the fastest acceleration level in the world, so if you’re all for speed you can’t skip this one! It goes up to 172km/h (111mph)! This roller coaster goes all the way around the park but you won’t see too much of it and won’t even notice that you have finished already because of its amazing speed.
When you see the two big golden cats you know you are at Nagashimasuka, a water raft ride where you will be sliding down the river into the pool. Never forget to wear your 100 yen raincoats for this ride, unless you want to spend the rest of your day looking like a drowned cat!
These are just 5 great rides, Fuji-Q has a lot more to offer like their very own children’s roller coaster, the Red Tower, a merry-go-round, a Ferris wheel, Thomas the Train’s Land and a lot more. This place is not only child-friendly but also perfect for adults who loves thrills and adventure!
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