Located about an hour and a half from Yokota Air Base, at the base of Mount Fuji, lies the amusement park Fuji-Q Highland. Fuji-Q has four main attractions that were all world-record-setting at some point in time, some still holding those records.
1. Fujiyama: The King of Coasters
This ride held the record for the tallest, largest drop and fastest coaster in the world when it opened in 1996. Although its records have been beat, it’s still a thrilling ride with a magnificent view of Mount Fuji from the top.
This roller coaster was the fastest in the world when it opened in 2001; it now sits in fourth place. It still holds the world record for the fastest coaster acceleration at launch, going from zero mph to 106.9 mph in 1.8 seconds.
This attraction was the second fourth dimension roller coaster ever built. The track itself only inverts three times, but the seats rotate 360 degrees, making it spin a total of 14 times.
This ride was built in 2011 and is the world’s steepest roller coaster, dropping an intimidating 121 degrees.
These roller coasters are so popular that you should prepare for a wait at each attraction. Take breaks by riding the smaller rides or visit the kids’ Thomas Land area. Since Mount Fuji is visible from most places in the park, it is a great place to relax and take photos.
Information, Tickets & Travel and the Youth Programs offer regular trips to Fuji-Q Highland, call them to find out about their next trip. If you’d like to drive yourself, stop by the Yujo for a map as well as a list of other exciting places to visit in the Kawaguchiko area.
Information, Tickets & Travel: 227-7086
Youth Center: 225-7441
Photography credit: Adrian Uribe