Located just at the foot of Mount Fuji, is one of Japan’s most popular theme parks, Fuji-Q Highland. The park owes its popularity to its roller coasters and anime themed rides and attractions. The theme park’s centerpiece is the Fujiyama roller coaster which opened in 1996. It stands at 259 feet tall and can reach speeds of 80 miles per hour. At the time of its opening, it was considered the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. In 2001, the park introduced Dodonpa, which was capable of reaching speeds of 106 miles per hour, making it the park’s fastest roller coaster and the world record holder for the fastest acceleration. Five years later, in 2006, the park opened yet another roller coaster called Eejanaika. This roller coaster is only the second 4th dimension roller coaster ever constructed, the first one being X² at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. Eejanaika stands at 249 feet tall and accelerates to speeds of up to 78 miles per hour. In 2011, the park once again introduced a new roller coaster, this time, unveiling the Takabisha, the steepest roller coaster in the world with a 121 degree free fall. It stands at 141 feet high and can reach speeds of 62 miles per hour.
In addition to the roller coasters there are several large scale entertainment attractions including the Haunted Hospital, which happens to be the second largest haunted attraction in the world. It takes approximately one-hour to tour the old hospital and the pavilion. The Gundam Crisis and Evangelion World attractions are immersive anime themed displays which include life size models of robots and various characters.
The park also has the standard theme park rides such as the tea cups, the Ferris wheel, the pirate ship and the drop tower type rides. There are countless restaurants, souvenir shops and carnival boardwalk type games scattered throughout.
For younger kids, there is an area modeled after the Thomas the Tank series called Thomas Land, which includes both the Thomas and Percy train rides, a 3D theater and a variety of smaller rides.
During the winter months, the park is home to one of the largest ice skate rinks in the world.
Lastly, for those of you who are not adrenaline junkies, there is The Fujiyama Museum, 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.
Fuji-Q is open from April 1 to September 30 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM during the weekdays and 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM on weekends and holidays. During the summer, the park extends it hours to 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.