Fuji Q-Highland and Its Guiness World Ranking Rides

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2021/10/20

Fuji Q-Highland comes in No.4 in popular Japan amusement parks after globally known Disneyland, DisneySea, and Universal Studios Japan. Fuji Q is famous for its thrilling world record-breaking rides and views of majestic Mt. Fuji from the top of its ferris wheel. Endless fun is waiting for you here!


Table of Contents

  1. Guinness World Record Breaking Rides!!
  2. Best Rides to Queue Up For
  3. Attractions with Special Themes
  4. Shopping and Dining Facilities
  5. Takeaway

Guinness World Record Breaking Rides!!

Fuji-Q Highland opened in 1969 along the natural landscapes of Mt. Fuji. With around 40 types of rides including several “World’s Best”s, it brings thrills and excitement to visitors of all ages. Here, we present the rides that have broken world records. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "About Fuji-Q Highland"

Do-Dodonpa

Presently the World’s Fastest Accelerating Roller Coaster is the thrilling and gut-wrenching speed ride Do-dodonpa. When the ride first opened, it also bagged the World’s Largest Loop record but has since been usurped by newer rides. 

How fast is it? According to its Guinness Profile, Do-dodonpa can reach 172.03km/hour in 1.8 seconds from a standstill. Its best personal record though is 180km/hour in just 1.56 seconds. 

How big is its loop? Do-dodonpa has a loop diameter of 39.7m. For comparison, the current record holder for largest loop is 42.52m. That’s not a whole lot of difference is it. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Do-Dodonpa- Fastest Roller Coaster"
※ Guinness World Records, “Fastest-accelerating roller coaster

Eejainaka

Experience an explosive surge of adrenaline with the 4-dimensional hypercoaster ride, Eejainaka. This ride currently holds TWO Guinness World Records!  One for tallest, and one for fastest 4D Roller Coaster.  

What is a 4D Roller Coaster? A fourth dimension roller coaster incorporates independent horizontal rotations into the ride. In layman terms, instead of sitting upright the whole time, you will go spinning. That’s right. The Eejanaika has 360° rotations. You can experience up to 14 rotations per ride.

Fast and tall, not to mention spinning around! Grab on tight as this is one wild ride! 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Eejanaika - 4th Dimension Hypercoaster"
※ Guinness World Records, “Tallest fourth dimension roller coaster” “Fastest fourth dimension roller coaster

Fujiyama Coaster

Fujiyama King of Coasters is the pride and joy of Fuji Q. Upon its first opening in 1996, the King proudly claimed 5 world titles for tallest and fastest roller coaster, tallest and fastest complete circuit roller coaster, and longest roller coaster drop. It can be said that the Fujiyama Coaster was an inspiration that brought about a wave of greater, better modern roller coasters.

A classic roller coaster that stands out even amongst its successors. One of the best things about King Coaster is the view of Mt. Fuji as you’re tossed around in your seat. Enjoy (?) the view of Mt. Fuji as you shriek your lungs out. The best view is when you reach the highest point on the ride. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Fujiyama - King of Coasters"

Takabisha

When it first opened in 2011, Takabisha broke the Guinness World Record for World’s Steepest Steel Roller Coaster. It carried the title proudly up till 2019 when it was superseded. Keeping up to its name, Takabisha is a ride full of (un-)expectations. From sudden stops to quick acceleration, instant drops and twists and turns, throw predictability of roller coaster rides out the window with this “jumpscare” ride. 

How steep is it? Takabisha has a drop point of 121°. Its successor to the world record beat it by a mere 0.5°. Still the 2nd steepest roller coaster in the world, don’t miss out on this thriller ride! 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Takabisha - Steepest Roller Coaster"

Best Rides to Queue Up For

Besides the record-breakers up top, here are some rides that you should definitely also check out. 

Thrilling Rides That Make You Go AHHHHH!

Is your heart still pumping hard in your chest while adrenaline is still rushing through your veins? That’s too bad because there’s no time to stop with other exciting rides! 

Panic Clock

The concept of this ride is pretty much a panicking clock. Imagine a clock going haywire with its needles spinning around haphazardly. Now imagine you’re clinging on to that needle getting spun around in circles, sometimes clockwise, sometimes anti-clockwise. And there you go, that’s the general idea of this ride. 

This vertical ride is around 21.5 meters tall. After being spun around a few times, you may even find yourself being suspended upside down in midair. Feel your belly drop and panic descend with Panic (O’)Clock

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Panic Clock"

Cool Jappaan

A nice way to cool off especially if you’re visiting in summer is the refreshing wet ride called Cool Jappaan (no, this is not a misspelling). After being spun around in a classic roller coaster ride, end in a less than classic way as you splash down into pools of water. If you’re wondering whether the water is clean, apparently it’s naturally sourced from Mt. Fuji and includes healthy minerals. For those not keen on getting wet, raincoats are available nearby.

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Cool Jappaan"

Enjoy Views of Mount Fuji 

Mount Fuji as seen from Fuji-Q Ferris Wheel

Only at Fuji-Q can you enjoy the sight of Mt. Fuji at an amusement park. Aside from the thriller Fujiyama King Coaster, these are some quiet relaxing rides to best enjoy the view. 

Shining Flower Ferris Wheel

Imprint the beauty of the picturesque view of Mt. Fuji with the Shining Flower Ferris Wheel. It’s height of 50 meters makes visitors feel like they are floating in the air. The Shining Flower Ferris Wheel is a romantic ride for couples and a great way to end the day. During the night, the entire wheel is lit up with around 30 patterns of illuminations. It is a highly rated spot for romantic confessions and proposals for engagement. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Shining Flower Ferris Wheel"

Lisa & Gaspard Diary of Sky Journey

Part of the Lisa & Gaspard Land, this sightseeing ride brings you around Fuji-Q park aboard a cloud carriage. Enjoy the overlooking view of the entire amusement park as well as Mt. Fuji. This ride is particularly popular with families and children. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Lisa & Gaspard Diary of Sky Journey"

Attractions with Special Themes

Aside from the adrenaline pumping attractions, Fuji-Q Highland also has special areas dedicated to beloved characters and anime. From Thomas Land featuring all time favourite blue engine truck Thomas and Friends, to Ninja Way Museum dedicated to Naruto anime series, and more! 

Thomas Land

Take a walk down memory lane or bring your kids for some family quality time at Thomas Land featuring Thomas the Tank Engine. Thomas Land features 12 attraction rides, the most popular being Thomas and Percy’s Fun Ride - a train ride taking you around Sodor, Thomas’s home. 

There are several statues around the area for taking commemorative photos. Before leaving, make sure that you visit Thomas Shop for character goods or drop by the photo studio for printed stickers featuring you, Thomas, and his friends. The Thomas themed restaurant is also a great choice for lunch or a break. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Thomas Land"

Fuji Hidden Leaf Village

A fan of Naruto, one of the biggest anime and manga series ever made? Then, you definitely need to drop by Fuji Hidden Leaf Village dedicated to Naruto Shippuden and Boruto. The attractions include:

  • Ninja Way Museum - Theatre and reproduction of memorable scenes and places from Naruto and Naruto Shippuden including Hokage room. 

  • VR Phantom Theater - Enter the world of Naruto and visit Konoha with this 4D ride.

  • Games - Practice your shooting skills with arcade games and 3D shooting ride 

To end your visit, slurp on Naruto’s favorite ramen at Ichiraku Ramen itself! 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Naruto × Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village"

La ville de Gaspard et Lisa

Popular France storybook series Gaspard and Lisa is brought to life only in Fuji-Q. Visit La Ville de Gaspard et Lisa and feel as if you’ve been transported to Paris with its miniature Eiffel Tower, pretty flowers and fountain gardens, and French bistros. The most popular attraction is Lisa and Gaspard Amazing Mirror, a fun and beautiful mirror maze. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "La Ville de Gaspard et Lisa" "Lisa and Gaspard Amazing Mirror"

Shopping and Dining Facilities

Dining at Fuji-Q!

There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and food stalls around the park but we think these 2 deserve a special mention. 

Mos Burger

It’s a fast food chain restaurant available all around Japan, so why exactly are we introducing it here? 

Fujiyama Burger, made with the image of King Coaster Fujiyama in mind, is available only at this outlet. For the price of only 660 yen, devour this juicy double patty burger. Or would you rather go with the Takabisha Burger? Made with the image of … well, you get the picture. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "MOS Burger" 

Café Brioche

Nestled in La Ville de Gaspard et Lisa is Café Brioche, serving freshly baked bread. Upon entering the shop, you will be welcomed with the lingering aroma of tea and the irresistible smell of baked goods. If you’re not feeling too hungry but need a quick tea break, this is the place to stop by to rest your feet and snack.

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "Cafe brioche"

Buy Some Souvenirs!

Mount Fuji Cookie Souvenirs

If you haven’t already gotten souvenirs at the numerous character goods shops around the park, we’ve got you covered.

Gateway Fujiyama

Located right beside Fujikyu Highland Expedition Bus Stop, Gateway Fujiyama is a souvenir shop for exclusive Yamanashi products. Convenient for those not looking forward to lugging merchandise all around the park. They sell an array of sweets, alcohol, cookies, and the like. 

※ Fuji-Q Highland, "SHOP Fujiyama - King of Coasters"
※ Fujiyama NAVI, ""Gateway Fujiyama" is a shop that sells attractive local products."

Takeaway

Mount Fuji seen from Fuji-Q Highland

With family, friends, or an SO, Fuji-Q promises fun and more fun to be had. From thrilling rides to slow relaxing ones, scenic views to childish fun, there’s a slice of enjoyment to be had for all ages and sizes.

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