Japan is well-known for tranquil scenery, ancient customs and stunning nature. Japan is less well known for high-risk adrenaline sports. However, more and more places are popping up across Japan to provide thrill seekers their much-needed excitement.
Bungee jumping is a sport which involves throwing yourself off a bridge, cliff or building attached to an elastic cord around the ankles. Here are two places in Japan where you can go at any time of the year to get that thrill you’re seeking!
In Minakami, Gunma prefecture you will either be lulled by its breathtaking scenes or enjoy a day filled with adrenaline. Open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sarugakyo Bungy is now open 7 days a week all year round. Above a calm and tranquil river from a red steel contraption, you will see Japan from a completely new angle – upside down as you fall! At a cost of 10,000 yen, this is a great place to introduce yourself to bungy jumping, with a drop of 62 metres.
You can even bring a friend to film the entire thing from a viewing platform below the jump. Also, if you really enjoyed the first bungy, you can go a second time on the same day for a reduced price! This spot is easily accessible even by public transport, so there’s no excuse not to!
Now for a more of an extreme jump try Ryujin Bungy in Ibaraki and experience a fall of 100 metres! The price is a little higher at 15,000 yen for the first jump, but it’s higher which makes the thrill even greater too! Again open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day; Ryujin bungy in Ibaraki is a great day trip full of excitement. Here, instead of a foot harness, you can have a full body harness, which may make you feel a bit safer too!
Where ever you decide to go in Japan for your bungy, one thing you will experience for certain is a nice, warm welcome! All extreme sports communities welcome everyone whether it’s your first time or not. Some places often provide more than just bungy jumping; Minakami is well-known for whitewater rafting and various winter sports too. So, if you’re an adrenaline junkie traveling through Japan, here are two great places to get that much-needed rush!