“If you love a scare, take a look and come inside…”
Have you ever heard of a paradise
for thrill seekers of the east?
For those who don’t, the name’s Fuji-Q Highland!
Fuji-Q Highland to Japan is what Six Flags
is, when compared to the United States.
This is the king of theme parks
,those coming in search of a thrill will not leave disappointed.
Fuji-Q Highland lies at the foot of Mount Fuji
. If you happen to be in the area
, the one way trip from Kawaguchiko Station takes two minutes and costs 170 yen. There are 2-3 departures per hour.
Alternatively, the most popular route used by most Japanese people, is by bus.
This is the most convenient method for Tokyo-ites
Fujikyu and Keio Bus operate one to two direct buses per hour from Tokyo’s Shinjuku
Station, at Keio’s Highway Bus Terminal to Kawaguchiko
Station in the Fuji Five Lakes region.
The one way journey takes about 2 hours and costs 1750 yen. Most buses stop at Fujisan Station and Fuji Q Highland before arriving at Kawaguchiko Station and some of them continue on to Lake Yamanakako.
Various combination tickets are available that include transportation and admission to the park
Additionally, many local buses and occasional Retro Buses on the Kawaguchiko Line stop at Fuji-Q Highland and Fujiyama Onsen
We arrived in the evening by taking the bus route from Shinjuku
to Fuji-Q Highland. Accommodated by Highland Resort Hotel and Spa for the night, we proceeded to scare the souls out of ourselves the following morning!
…And now, unto the main attraction!
Fuji-Q Highland is a major amusement park
located in the Fuji Five Lakes region at the foot of Mount Fuji
. One of Japan’s
most popular theme parks
, Fuji-Q Highland is best known for its thrilling, record holding roller coasters and elaborate, anime themed rides and attractions.
The park strives to be at the forefront of theme park entertainment
, and to that end is constantly opening new rides and attractions, including a new Guinness World Record breaking roller coaster approximately every five years.
Currently, the park has four major roller coasters.
Fujiyama, the park’s centerpiece attraction, was the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster when it opened in 1996.
Till today, it continues to rank among the best coasters in the world.
Dodonpa; built in 2001, is currently the parks speediest coaster and the world record holder for fastest acceleration.
Sounds simple however, don’t belittle this beast!
Eejanaika, a “4th dimension” roller coaster with seats rotating within the car, has the most inversions of any roller coaster – was built in the year 2006.
This one gets my vote. Pictures alone don’t do it justice. This is an amazing ride, awesome enough to confuse & scare the shit off my balls – to the extent where they never wish to sit this ride ever again.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a GREAT ride and it does it’s job well!! Too well actually… It is so SCARY that I never plan on riding again!
BUT, for those who have never experienced what Eejanaika has to offer, you absolutely MUST!
It is truly ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME experience and this is the only ride that has managed to humble me so far!
Finally, Takabisha, the latest addition to the park was built in 2011 and is currently the steepest roller coaster in the world. Unfortunately this was closed when we were there..
The park also has several large scale entertainment attractions, many of which are based on popular anime series.
Gundam Crisis and Evangelion World are immersive displays of their respective robot suit themed anime and include life-sized models of the robots and characters.
True fans of the anime series will appreciate these walk-through attractions.
There are also a number of maze attractions: The crown jewel here is the Ultimate Horror Labyrinth a.k.a. the Haunted Hospital); the world’s largest and scariest haunted house.
Cowardly as I may sound, I’ve been in this more times then I can count and I’m never going back in there again! I believe I’ve been scared shitless here more then enough and I’m putting a stop to it!
Without spoiling the suspense for those who wish to try you luck with the dead, it takes an average person 90 minutes to navigate in the dark, horrifying labyrinth. Go figure!
The Shock Labyrinth 3D, a 2012 Japanese horror film was filmed right here, you can check it out if you’re interested in this link, HERE!
Not to forget, Ultimate Fort, a prison escape themed puzzle maze; and Kassen Sengoku Basara, a warring states period themed attraction.
In addition to those major rides and attractions, the park further offers a host of amusement park staples such as tea cup, frisbee, log flume, pirate ship and drop tower type rides along with traditional rides such as a ferris wheel, carousel and sky swings.
Seasonal attractions, for this instance at it’s currently winter; such as a large ice skating rink, is also available.
Restaurants, rest areas, souvenir shops and carnival games are spread out around the park.
There are also a number of anime based kids attractions, such as the Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro haunted house.
Hamutaro rides – which include a kid sized roller coaster, pirate ship and labyrinth – based on the kids cartoon of the same name.
And also, Kaiketsu Zorori Land with the Loony Toons themed Cartoon Lagoon.
Over here, Tweety Bird will entertain your kids while the grown-ups go get themselves “scared”.
Furthermore, one area of the park is home to Thomas Land, a train themed zone which is based on the British Thomas the Tank Engine books and television series.
This area is aimed at young children, and features child friendly rides and attractions including the Thomas and Percy Train Ride, the Thomas Land 3D Theater, and a variety of small rides and other kid related activities.
Just outside the park a few steps from its main entrance stands the Highland Resort Hotel and Spa, where we stayed the night. Highland Resort Hotel and Spa is an affiliated hotel that offers nice views of Mount Fuji and easy access to Fuji-Q Highland and its surrounding attractions.
Over here, hotel guests enjoy perks such as early entrance to the theme park
and free entry to the Fujiyama Museum and Fujiyama Onsen.
The Fujiyama Museum is an art museum displaying a wide variety of paintings and other illustrations of Mount Fuji.
The museum is located on the Fuji-Q Highland park grounds and is free to enter for park attendees that have unlimited ride tickets. Those who only wish to visit the museum and not the amusement park can enter via the Highland Resort Hotel and Spa outside of the park grounds.
Also nearby just outside the park is the Fujiyama Onsen, a modern hot spring facility next to the Fuji-Q Highland Resort. The bath house features nice, traditionally styled wooden baths and offers both indoor and outdoor baths segregated by gender.
Unfortunately, Fujiyama Onsen does not have views of Mount Fuji from its baths, but the majestic mountain known throughout the world as a symbol of Japan, can be seen from the facility’s restaurant.
Next up, I’ll be writing a comprehensive guide on access & transportation to this “hidden gem” of Japan so stay tuned and share this wonderful place to your family, friends & loved ones!
I’ll also be listing the Operating Hours & Admission Fees so…
…Check back again, bonding is guaranteed!
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