As you have seen from my live mobile uploads, I was at Fuji-Q Highland with Yusuke this Saturday. It’s a famous amusement park at the base of Mount Fuji. We went there by bus (took an hour from the suburb Tachikawa). It looked like this:
We got many nice views of Mount Fuji on the way:
Since it was a Saturday the park was really crowded. We rode three of the four big roller coasters, and had to wait about one and a half hour in line for each of them. I didn’t think I would say this, but it was worth the wait!
I love roller coasters. But I haven’t ridden any big ones really, just the normal ones in Sweden. When you go to Gröna Lund you ride Jetline about ten times on an evening. But when thinking about it, that was at least ten years ago. And Jetline is so small compared to those at Fuji-Q. And Jetline runs several trains simultaneously, which shortens the line. At Fuji-Q, they only ran one train at a time, for security reasons, I suppose. Security was fantastic and very rigid, just as I would hope considering the extreme rides. And of course, just what you would expect from Japan. It felt like being placed in a space shuttle with several checks and cross checks before departure.
I remember always complaining that roller coasters didn’t make me scream. Well, what can I say. I won’t complain anymore!
We started with Fujiyama (wikipedia):
When Fujiyama opened in 1996 it was the world’s tallest roller coaster at 79 m, and had the largest drop in the world at 70 m. Fujiyama was also the world’s fastest roller coaster for a year of its operation, succeeded by Tower of Terror at Dreamworld theme park in Queensland, Australia in 1997.
Did I mention I have a severe fear of heights? The worst part for me in any roller coaster is always the way up. Here I am before the ride:
And here are the rules for going. They were even harder on the other rides:
Here’s a video of Fujiyama:
Then we had a delicious crepe:
Ant then we went to Takabisha (wikipedia), the new roller coaster from 2011, with the world’s steepest drop at 121 degrees. Here you can see the tower and Mount Fuji in the background:
The line for Takabisha, though one can’t see how long it is, since it will dwindle through the building and up some stairs on the other side. Notice the 3 hour mark on the left. Fortunately it wasn’t that bad:
Again, going up the 90 degree pole was the worst part, especially since it stopped at the top, and then stopped again just before the drop. You could tell this one was new by the way it was designed outside the pure hills and curves. It started in a pitch black ghost tunnel. I said to Yusuke: “This isn’t scary at all.” But right then it shot out in the dark, and I think it looped right after coming out in the sun. Then a short break before we went up that pole. Why don’t you watch for yourselves (not my video, none of the videos are mine):
And then it was time for the one that looked most fun, Eejanaika (wikipedia). As I’ve already quoted:
Eejanaika is the world’s second 4th Dimension coaster, the first being X² in California, United States. Eejanaika is the taller, faster, and longer of the two.
Again, about one and a half hour of waiting.
I said to Yusuke before the ride that it didn’t seem that scary, since people weren’t screaming. Alright, it was our turn, and after all the preparation we went up in those special space seats with double seat belts and of course that huge thing you have over your chest. We went up… and then… I couldn’t scream until after half the ride. I just gasped in horror because I thought I would fucking die!!! It seems this guy had a similar experience:
It superseded the other roller coasters like that. Eejanaika was by far the most scary of them. When the ride was over our mouths were totally dry from wind, since apparently we had had them wide open during the whole ride.
I think these ride photos show the difference between Fujiyama and Eejanaika quite well:
The first one is pure bliss, the second one pure horror. But that’s just how it should be – Eejanaika is the winner!
By then the fourth of the four big roller coasters had closed (the line was so long that they wouldn’t let in any more people), but we didn’t mind, since it was the one we least wanted to go, since it mainly had one thing, namely high speed (170 kph!).
So we rounded off with this thing instead:
Then we left the park and relaxed at a nearby onsen until it was time to go back. And here’s the suburb Tachikawa where our day trip ended around 10 pm this warm Saturday evening: