Not a lot of people probably know that Japan has a number of amusement parks across the country, or have probably not visited at least one when they were in Japan. Tourists should try at least visiting one amusement park in Japan – especially for the thrill seekers and the rollercoaster lovers, as Japan is home to some of the best and record-breaking rollercoasters in the world.
- Steel Dragon 2000
The Steel Dragon 2000 is considered to be the world’s longest rollercoaster. Even with the length of 2,479 meters, this rollercoaster ride in Nagashima Spa Land won’t even feel such a long ride with the speed of 95 mph.
- White Cyclone
Another rollercoaster found in Nagashima Spa Land is the White Cyclone. What this rollercoaster ride has to offer to its riders is that it is a wooden roller coaster. With about a mile of wooden railings, the sound of wood creaking with metal underneath your feet would provide a kind of thrill that steel coasters are not capable of. The White Cyclone is also the longest wooden rollercoaster in Japan.
If you are looking for a different kind of roller coaster experience, Eejanaika in Fuji-Q Highland is the ride for you. Eejanaika is a rollercoaster ride that gives its riders a four-dimensional thrill. By four-dimensional, it means that the seat turns 360 degrees – which means that when the ride itself turns, the individual seats also turn either clockwise or counterclockwise. The tracks itself may not have any loops but the turns you’ll be experiencing in your seat is enough to give your stomachs a turn. Just a note to take note of: it holds the Guinness World Record for most inversions, so do not eat before going on this ride, it may test the strength of your stomach.
Another rollercoaster to provide you a unique experience is Diavlo in Himeji Central Park. Similar to a rollercoaster ride in Six Flags, Diavlo is also an inverted ride – meaning that instead of your feet feeling some solid ground to step on while on the rollercoaster, it will be dangling free in the air. Instead of the tracks being beneath your feet, it will be above your head, so be sure to not have any fear of heights before riding the Diavlo!
First thing you should know about Fuji-Q Highland is that it is home some Guinness World Record Holder rides, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that another one of their roller coasters hold a world record. The Takabisha is known to be the world’s steepest rollercoaster with the 121-degree drop that the ride plummets their riders into. However, before encountering the 121-degree drop, you would first have to ascend its 90-degree climb, before experiencing the thrilling drop of Takabisha. This ride is definitely considered to be one of the must-rides in Fuji-Q Highland.
Dodonpa is one of Fuji-Q Highland’s most famous rollercoaster rides. It is a favorite for visitors not because it presents you with dizzying turns, hair-raising drops, or even the length of the ride. What attracts most people to ride the Dodonpa is its speed, specifically its acceleration. Dodonpa was considered to be the fastest roller coaster at one point, and it does live up to its fame. The ride first brings you to a dark tunnel and suddenly launches you outside, reaching its top speed in just 1.8 seconds.