My heart pounded as I rose eighty meters towards the crystal blue sky. Time slowed as I reached the summit, to be greeted by one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.
in all its glory calmed our nervous hearts and made us forget where we were. But this peaceful moment is brief – violently ruptured by a 130km/h nosedive.
Welcome to Fujiyama, the eighth tallest roller-coaster in the world…
is a theme park mainly aimed at adults, since its main attractions are roller-coasters that would have even the toughest of men screaming for their mothers.
However, that’s not to say they’ve forgotten about the little ones: Thomas Land is a section of the park dedicated solely to young children, where they can enjoy kid-friendly rides or have their pictures taken next to their favorite Thomas the Tank Engine characters.
Nevertheless, especially with kids, a fuller family-friendly experience seems possible too when compared to…say… Disneyland?
But for the hardcore among us without such baggage, there is plenty to get your blood rushing.
One of my favorite attractions though, isn’t actually a speeding roller-coaster at all. Rather, a very slow and terrifying walk in a haunted hospital. This two-story construction is the longest of its kind, taking approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. As you walk through the deserted operating rooms, armed with only a flashlight in hand, all kinds of freakish abominations jump out at you from nowhere. I must admit during my first visit years back, I was petrified from start to finish.
The famous haunted hospital which is the main reason many choose to come here! It is currently the world’s largest haunted attraction and it is said that that they recreated the exact building as the real hospital which is believed to be really haunted.
There are plenty of shops to browse and restaurants to eat at if you want to take a break from all the exciting terror on offer. The food
mainly consists of your typical theme-park snacks and fast food, but it gets the job done. The shops sell standard fare: overpriced trinkets and attraction-related goods.
You might just be able to squeeze all the things you want to do in a day, but be prepared to line up for up to, or even over an hour. I personally once queued in line for almost two hours! To avoid the crowds, try going on a weekday.
Buying a one-day pass allows you to visit each attraction as many times as you want, and means you don’t need to buy any additional tickets separately. Time is of the essence in Fuji-Q Highland.
The most convenient package is a round-trip Keio bus package from Shinjuku
, which gives you the complete package (transport & admission) for a flat rate of ¥7,100.
At the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Fujiyoshida is the Labryinth of Horrors. Although that’s the official name of the attraction, it is more commonly called the Haunted Hospital.
The Haunted Hospital is considered to be the best haunted walk-through in Japan
and is known outside the country by theme park aficionados.
It is a notoriously long wait because of how they only let people in at a very slow rate. This makes sense because the inside would otherwise become overrun with people and thus ruin the experience, especially the surprises. For example, how is a visitor going to feel spooked when they see what is meant to befall them only seconds before with a different group? The first time I visited the theme park years before, I passed on the attraction because the line was 4 hours.
On top of the wait the attraction is an extra ¥500 than the normal admission price. If you like you can also purchase a glow in the dark Omomori for ¥300. It’s supposed to be like a traditional Japanese protective charm that keeps the actors zombies in the hospital at bay.
As we were waiting in line, they had a video explaining the rules to the attraction. It featured some young woman dressed up as a nurse who spoke in a creepy fashion.
The rules were no photography, no touching anything including the actors, no stopping, no startling the other people, no food, no drinks and so on. Actors Zombies have been reportedly bashed by terrified patrons, in the past. This time round, our total wait time was only 45 minutes.
Walk the Halls of Horror!
When we finally get to go in, we entered into a room with about a group of 25 people. A female nurse asked everyone to sit down for a video presentation. The room itself was the hospital’s main reception area. The movie screen lowered from overhead and the video played. It was a bunch of creepy random clips of patients and staff in the hospital saturated in blue. There was hardly and dialogue. The video ended with a mother dying while her daughter is crying by the bed. Then a dummy corpse dropped from the ceiling in front of the video screen. It was completely unexpected, teasing patrons with the first dose of shock tactics.
After the video the nurse took us into another room and explained the rules. Then the twenty people were allowed to enter through a door in their smaller groups. When our turn came up we were led in to what was an X-ray room and sat on a bench. In front of us was some camera apparatus. Right before our picture was taken, the bench suddenly dropped an inch while air jets shot in from the sides. The nurse then gave us a penlight and directed us to another door. This is where the actual fun begins!
The door led to a staircase that went up. There was hardly any lighting. The penlight flashed around looking in dark corners and behind doors. There was no one. We got to the top and walked along a corridor and into a surgery room. Inside were two actors, a nurse with a man in a wheel chair. Both were covered with zombie makeup. They were supposed to be evil spirits. The two remained still until we passed by and then began to follow us without saying a word.
30 seconds or so behind us was another group of three girls. The zombie pair focused on them and scared the trio senseless. We continued on winding through corridors and entered various rooms. The course was clearly marked with signs that had big red arrows on them. Occasionally, there were also pink doors that said ‘retire’. These were for anyone who was so afraid they needed to exit the haunted hospital mid way through.
The course went on in a random fashion at times going up and down staircases. It was surprisingly long and I don’t remember the order of everything, but certain areas did stand out. One room was filled with shelves and jars that had nasty organ like objects in them. Another had stacks of discarded televisions. Some had medical equipment like hospital beds, a CT scanner or an EKG machine. The place definitely had the look and feel of an abandoned hospital.
As for the actors they were far and few between. Some were clearly visible when we entered the room while others came out of hiding spots. They didn’t always try to startle the point man either. Many remained unseen long enough to go after the other people in the group. Other times there was knocking on walls or from the floor below. A few air jets shot out here and there. Dummy corpses were placed in certain areas. Due to the poor lighting you couldn’t tell right away if they were actors or not. But the surprises were spaced out. At one point I think we passed through three rooms without anything happening.
The actors come up close but do not make physical contact. About 10 minutes into the walk-through, one eventually startled me as I turned a blind corner. Meanwhile other people in the place reacted by screaming. The actors followed them and played off their fears. Some of the actors had flashlights they would shake and others had little instruments in their mouths that made a weird clicking noise.
At one point, we came to a room with blue lockers that had only a narrow space between them. This was quite creepy because as we turned the corners, we couldn’t see what was ahead. In the end though nothing happened. The same occurred within a room full of large sacks, some of which were suspended from the ceiling. we kept half expecting something but again nothing. Things like that kept us guessing, turning our fear into our worst enemy.
Halfway through the hospital we had to give our penlight to some guy sitting behind a table. Without our penlight the rooms naturally appeared much darker, and what little light there was sometimes cut in and out. In one room a bright ceiling fixture suddenly came on, flashed twice and went black. This effectively blinded all three of us for about five seconds. It was completely unexpected and had us on edge. Someone or something then came and scared us shitless!
The final part of the walk-through was sectioned off with a door. A lit up sign indicated when groups could enter one after the other. When it was our turn we entered in and quickly came to a long narrow corridor. All along it were closed doors. About halfway through one opened and an actor came rushing at us growling.
Prompting us to make a dash for the exit. We rushed toward the light. The exit was in sight…we’re almost there. We’ve made it!!! PSSSSTSSTTTTTTTSSSS!!! Jet sprays positioned by the exit door, sprayed mist & smoke in our faces, giving us the final scare!
On the way back into the park was a shop and a counter for visitors to buy the photo that was taken in the X-ray room. This shop is actually a “pharmacy”, where you make payment at the prescription counter!
In my opinion the haunted hospital is a must for anyone who goes to Fuji-Q Highlands. If you are coming in from Tokyo, the park is about two and a half hours away.
If you do choose to make the trip out, it is best to go with the regular admission price so you can enjoy the other attractions, especially the three roller coasters, Eejanaika, Fujiyama and Dodonpa.
But on crowded days, you will have to wait several hours for each attraction. Going to the park on a weekend or during autumn months like August, is complete chaos. The queue lines will be ridiculously long!
The best time to go is from the second half of November onwards, when winter officially begins. Especially during weekdays. The park will close earlier at 5pm but you’ll be able to cover much more ground, compared to other days.
Although you’ve gotta remember to take your jacket, as its winter time from November onwards!
So don’t forget, folks!
And now, here’re the stars of Fuji-Q Highland!
Eejanaika is a steel 4th Dimension roller coaster.
Eejanaika has the height of 249.33 ft (76.00 m) and the length of 3,782.83 ft (1,153.01 m).
The speed reach about 78.3 mph (126.0 km/h) and has 3 track inversion (14 including seat inversions).
A roller coaster that rotates in all directions as you move down the track. The most modern and only the second of its kind. It is the world’s tallest roller coaster with the most inversions numbered at 14.
You can enjoy unprecedented thrills and a feeling of liberation as you experience three different kinds of spins, “the spinning of your seat forward and backward,” “loops and flip-flops through the air,” and “spinning with twists in it,” while you race down the track!
As an added bonus, you’ll be hang there with your legs dangling. Meaning that you won’t be able to plant your feet anywhere to steady yourself!
This will send a strange sense of being, hurling through the air, coursing through your body.
Once the worlds tallest roller-coaster. Now only the 8th, in the world. It is currently the 3rd longest in terms of track length. This coaster is best described:…”FUN”!
Fujiyama is still extremely popular.
Despite it’s age, Fujiyama runs very smoothly, just like a dream, this “traditional” coaster is not to be missed! 🙂
The fastest roller coaster in the world in terms of quickest acceleration, at 0 to 107mph in 1.8 seconds with a max G force of 4.25.
The ride begins when all passengers are seated, the car moves toward the launch pad.
A countdown starts… 5…4…3..2.1 0!!!
*BAM!!!* – 0 to 107mph in 1.8 seconds!
Feel your face melt into the wind with this one!
This ride starts fast, zooming you into cockscrews and loops through pitch black darkness.
Suddenly, your car screeches to a halt and you find slowly yourself outdoors…
This ride slowly builds on your fear.
Then, very slowly, they bring you straight up one side, then they slooooowly bring you over the top. You sloooowly approach the precipice, and then you just hang there for what feels like an eternity. Then you’re taken over a 121 degree vertical drop…not before having your picture taken.
The next thing you realize, you’re already down doing more loops & cockscrews!
By the way, the track of the Takabisha twists and flows like the body of a dragon!
Let me share with you readers my little secret. This is my little “secret” date spot.
Yes, it’s in Fuji-Q Highland. While most people go elsewhere to see Mount Fuji, I usually bring my dates here! There’s entertainment, there’s thrills, there’s food, there’s hotels AHEM*, AND, there’s a splendid view of Mount Fuji too! There’s a little vantage point on a small hill here, which enables you to admire the mountain in all it’s glory.
Well anyway, since we’re here, let me talk a little bit about the mountain that everyone know’s IS Japan.
In mountainous Japan, most of the mountains are part of mountain ranges. Mt. Fuji, however, soars into the sky alone. Located almost in the center of the country, this well-proportioned cone-shaped mountain has been worshiped by Japanese people since ancient times, and is a well-known symbol of Japan in other countries.
The highest peak in Japan, it stand at an astonishing 3,776 meters / 12,385 feet tall.
Mt. Fuji is actually a relatively young volcano. The mountain is said to have reached its present shape about 5,000 years ago, but even since then, it has repeatedly erupted, and those eruptions since the dawn of history can be found on record. The last gigantic eruption occurred in 1707. For almost 300 years since then, Mt. Fuji has been quiet and retained its rarely noble figure, but some experts have said that it will surely awake again. In fact, other experts have predicted that Mt. Fuji’s next eruption is already way past due!
The beauty of Mt. Fuji has often been written about by travel writers, praised by haiku poets, and depicted by painters. The most famous of them is Katsushika Hokusai, a noted Ukiyo-e painter in the Edo period, who created the “36 views of Mt. Fuji”, a series of Ukiyo-e of various views of the mountain.
Mt. Fuji does indeed have different views, changing with the seasons and even as the time flows during a day. And this diversity may be the mountain’s greatest attraction. In winter, it is covered with pure white snow. In summer, its bluish torso wears a delicate crown of snow and stands in the mist. And at sunset, the bright red figure is awesome.
Different views from viewpoints give different impressions. From Suruga Bay on the south, you can take a close look at the soaring mountain onboard an excursion boat. Around the Fuji Five Lakes area, a popular highland resort on the north side of Mt. Fuji, there are many points from which you can see the whole of Mt. Fuji towering over a beautiful lake. Even from central Tokyo
, the summit of Mt. Fuji can be seen on a clear day.
Mt. Fuji is open to mountain climbers during July and August only every year. During these two months, as many as one million climbers head for the summit. Most climbers try to reach the summit just before dawn to glimpse the rising sun at the place closest to the sky in Japan. The panoramic view from the summit is certainly quite splendid indeed.
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