Fuji- Q Highlands: A Test for Thrill Seekers

What is Fuji Q Highlands ?

One of Japan’s most well-known amusement parks, Fuji-Q Highland (富士急ハイランド), is situated in the Fuji Five Lake area at Mount Fuji’s foot. It is primarily renowned for its record-breaking roller coasters, extravagant rides, and other attractions with an anime motif. The park continuously opens new rides and attractions, including Guinness World Record-breaking roller coasters, in an effort to lead the theme park entertainment industry.

The 4 main roller coasters

The park now includes four significant roller coasters. When it first debuted in 1996, the park’s main attraction, Fujiyama, was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. It is still regarded as one of the top coasters in the world. The park’s fastest coaster right now is Dodonpa (2001), which also holds the world record for fastest acceleration. The most inversions of any roller coaster may be found on Eejanaika (2006), a “4th dimension” ride featuring spinning seats. The steepest roller coaster in the world, Takabisha, was erected in 2011 and drops at an angle of 121 degrees.

Mind you that Dodonpa, Eejanaika, and Takabisha all possess the Guiness World Record designation for their distinctive qualities.

The Experience

Following my exit from the train, I was able to view two of the four rollercoasters (Eejanaika and Takabisha), and we were able to hear the screams to individuals who had challenged themselves to riding them. Since I had never been on a roller coaster before, this was actually my first time riding one let alone my first time being roller coasters that are Guiness World Record Certified.

We entered the theme park and on our left was Eejanaika. Now as a person that has never been on a rollercoaster before, I began questioning yourself.

“Why am I doing this?”

I really wanted to get out of the amusement park. My “friends,” on the other hand, picked me up and took me to the line. While waiting in line, you can hear people yelling and how loud the coaster was. We were at the head of the line, and when I turned around to see a large line behind us, I realized it was too late to go back.

Eejanika

Eejanika was comparable in size to a Greek mythological titan. I became aware that the coaster was facing backwards when I was sitting in it. The safety harness has roughly five different levels. a standard seatbelt, two harnesses—one for your lower body and one for your torso. A tiny device was also there to link the two harnesses together. My heart started pumping so quickly because I could tell from the safety features that this was going to be one wild ride. You should also be aware that your legs will be hanging loosely in the air. For your legs, there were NO PLATFORMS AT ALL.

The crew began cheering “Eejanika” as the coaster began to move, as if we were being sacrificed as part of a ritual. Even before the seat moved to  the top, it began to turn you upside down first.   As we ascended, we were treated to a stunning view of Kawaguchiko’s whole terrain as well as Mount Fuji. Being a back facing coaster, we had no idea when the drop would occur. The initial drop then occurred, but it was only a brief tease since it continued to rise after that. My friends and I laughed about it, and the actual drop occurred in less than three seconds.

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This plunge was unexpected since our chair rotated, making it appear as though we were falling face first to the ground. After that, our chair began to rotate as we went through many turns on the coaster. I occasionally thought my body might be flung out of my seat. The coaster was going so quickly that I had to hold onto my vest firmly. Every loop was greeted with a rotation from our chairs, and because our legs were dangling, it gave the impression that we were flying.

Following about two to three minutes of continuous rotating,  it was over. After riding this coaster, we felt quite accomplished, and the crew was clapping for us. We immediately understood that these roller coasters should not be taken lightly as they are a test of courage after leaving Eejanika. Then came Takabisha.

Takabisha

Takabisha was well known for having the world’s steepest drop and holding the Guinness World Record for it. Its plunge is at a 121-degree angle. It was such a lovely sight that we were reveling in its splendour. Only two rows of four people could fit in the coaster car. Our brilliant plan was to take the front seats. One torso-only harness and a bar that descends and covers the whole row made up the safety feature.

The coaster began with a completely dark section. We were shocked by a random loop that sprang out of nowhere in the darkness. After that loop, it pulled us out gradually before launching us through three distinct loops in an abrupt speed boost section. The actual show started after those loops.

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The roller coaster came to an abrupt stop and took us up a true 90-degree slope. During the incline, I thought my body was going to regress fall backwards. We were met with a similar scene to what Eejanika had shown us as we approached the top,  the breathtaking panorama of Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji. We peered down, but due to the 121-degree angle, we were unable to see the drop or the tracks. This was the most suspense I’ve ever experienced in my life. The car also halted briefly at the top. It was only a few seconds, but it seemed like an eternity. After that, the car lowered, and we received another three to four loops.

After Takabisha it will be Dodonpa.

Dodonpa

After going through Takabisha and Eejanika we felt that Dodonpa was not as crazy. However, it is still nothing to look down upon. Dodonpa is known for moving at “super death” rates of speed. It can accelerate to 112 mph in less than 1.5 seconds. It also has the biggest rollercoaster loop in Japan.

When we got on the rollercoaster we sat directly at the front. However, the seats were mainly in twos. I particularly did not feel afraid on this one because it only had one big giant loop and just a small turn around track that was it. The main experience was the acceleration that it had.

When we sat down, we saw a nice film that provided “instructions on what to do and what not to do.” This was all a ruse to make it look like we were in a rocket. The coaster then converted gradually into a space where most of the air was removed, giving the impression that we were being vacuum-sealed. Following then, a series of count down began from 10. I have to admit that the most exciting aspect was the countdown. Yes, I am aware that it will go quickly, and no, the track is not as insane as the last two rides. A countdown, on the other hand, has a way of making you feel giddy within.

We were launched out of the room once the countdown was over. To be really honest, I felt that g force directly strike my gut. I’ve never experienced anything so quickly. The other two rides appeared normal in comparison to this one’s acceleration and pace. It was only a brief lap into the enormous, unremarkable loop before returning to the beginning. The journey was over in less a minute.

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I have to say that the experience was what I took away most from this voyage. the air being drained, the fast pace, and the countdown. The journey was unforgettable because of those little touches, despite the track’s extreme forgettability.


Lastly we went on the Fujiyama.

Fujiyama

At first sight, Fujiyama didn’t appear to be very noteworthy. It seemed like a typical rollercoaster from the outside. Even though it holds the Japanese record for the tallest rollercoaster and is known as the “king of rollercoasters,” we did not feel intimidated by it, especially in light of what we had all gone through.

We got on the coaster, which featured a bar on each lap as its single safety measure.  I felt stunned. I even questioned a crew member about the absence of a harness and a vest. The crew member informed me that it is not necessary because there are no loops. After I was able to collect myself, the ride began.

Picture by Shahqil Kshah

The ascend was quite seamless. The view was breathtaking once more. But then something strange occurred. We noticed that they were steadily counting the height we were rising . The height  increased from 40 to 50 to 80 meters above sea level as I watched. While 80m may not seem like much, at that very moment we were higher than any roller coaster we had ever been on. The drop then followed.

The drop was just a normal steep roller coaster drop followed by high speed inclines and drops. To be very honest the only part about this coaster that excites me was just the height. After all of that was done the coaster felt very underwhelming.

In The End

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You now have it. My first ride on a rollercoaster was exciting. I had no idea I could get up this much bravery to participate. To calm myself down, I did rode the “Thomas the Train Kids Coaster.”

I must add that I heartily advise any thrill lovers to ride these roller coasters in Fuji – Q Highlands. Every every gut-wrenchingly intense second I spent there, I adored. I would want to recommend not eating before riding these rollercoasters to all of the “soon to be” victims. We do not want strange stuff to fall from the sky.


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