Fuji-Q Highland


What is Fuji-Q Highland?

Fuji-Q Highland can easily be described as one of Japan’s coaster capitals. If Nagashima Spa Land is called the Japanese Cedar Point, Fuji-Q deserves to be described as the local version of Six Flags Magic Mountain. The park is mainly focused on roller coasters and thrill rides, but there are a few children’s rides and family attractions as well. Decoration is limited, however. So if you’re looking for a gorgeous theme park, a ticket for Tokyo DisneySea may be a better buy.


Where is Fuji-Q?

The park is located at the base of Mount Fuji, Japan’s most famous volcano. It’s approximately 110 kilometres west of Tokyo and there’s a direct bus from Tokyo’s main train station. The ride lasts for about two and a half hours and the bus drops you directly at the park entrance. Combo tickets including round-trip transportation and park entry are available for purchase at the bus station.


Do they have roller coasters?

Yes, lots of them actually. The park features seven roller coasters, including a strange Wild Mouse, a suspended family coaster and a kiddie ride themed to Thomas The Tank Engine. The other coasters may be described as the big 4, since these thrills are the main draws for coaster enthusiasts. The most intense ride is Eejanaika, a 4th Dimension Coaster manufactured by S&S. This ride is similar to X2 at Magic Mountain, but it felt smoother and even crazier than its American brother. Another forceful ride is Dodonpa, the coaster with the most powerful launch on Earth today. Dodonpa reaches its top speed of 170 km/h in two seconds, which makes it one of the most incredible accelerations I’ve ever experienced.


The park’s other big rides are Fujiyama (a hyper coaster with a track length of over 2 kilometres!) and Takabisha, a Euro-Fighter with seven inversions and a beyond vertical drop. Both coasters are rather shaky, so one ride was more than enough for me. Besides, queues at the four major coasters were pretty lengthy. Although we visited the park on a very quiet day, operations were so slow that we had to wait 40 to 60 minutes for our rides on Eejanaika, Dodonpa, Fujiyama and Takabisha. Cedar Point, Six Flags and Nagashima Spa Land do a better job when it comes to operations, that’s for sure.

Is Fuji-Q worth visiting?

I’m glad that I visited this legendary coaster park once, but I’m definitely not planning a return visit. Operations are horrible, queues are long and the four big coasters aren’t that good after all. I’d like to point out that the staff are very friendly, but that’s the case at every Japanese theme park. Unless you really want to ride these world-famous coasters and you’re willing to have a frustrating day, I’d recommend visiting other theme parks while you’re in Japan.


What are your thoughts on Fuji-Q?

Would you conquer the queues to ride Eejanaika and Dodonpa? Do you believe that operations could get any worse than here? Is this Japan’s coaster capital or would you prefer Nagashima Spa Land? Share your opinion in the comments section below!

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