Fuji-Q Highland / 富士急ハイランド (Fujikyū Hairando)
Fuji-Q Highland is thrill-seeker's haven located at the base of Mt. Fuji. This amusement park houses more than 40 different attractions and is a must-include place to visit when you go for a vacation here in Japan. This activity can be easily be paired with tours around Mt. Fuji or Hakone. That being said, it is recommended that you spend the day before this activity around Fuji area and stay in a hotel for at least 1 night.
Below are the top attractions that you should try when you go there!
1. Fujiyama (フジヤマ)
2. Dodonpa (ドドンパ)
(As of April 2017, the Dodonpa is under renovation. It will resume operation on July 2017 according to the official site)
Dodonpa is 52 meters (170.6 ft) tall, 172 km/h, and was once the world's fastest roller coaster. As of April 2017, Dodonpa is the 4th faster roller coaster in the world. (Source: Roller Coaster Database)
3. Eejanaika (ええじゃないか)
Among all the roller coasters, this is my favorite one. Eejanaika is 76 meters (249.3 ft) tall, 126 km/h, and is the second "4th Dimension roller coaster" ever built. It being a 4th dimension roller coaster, the seats can rotate forward or backward. Because of that, the whole ride has a total inversion of 14 times. (Source: Roller Coaster Database)
4. Takabisha (高飛車)
Takabisha is 43 meters (141.1 ft) tall, 99.94 km/hr, and is currently the world's steepest roller coaster with a 121° free fall. It is also the 4th roller coaster with Most inversion with a total of 7 inversions in a 1000-meter track. (Roller Coaster Database)
5. Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear (戦慄迷宮)
Need I say more? For those who plan to sprint, you should prepare now because you will be sprinting a 900-meter path! The exit of the horror house is located near the queue so you can see the finishers' reactions (Btw, one girl cried after finishing).
(Free Pass is not applicable, separate ticket should be bought for ¥500/person. Also, you can't go in alone. Minimum of 2 persons and maximum of 6 persons per group)
One Day Free Pass (Unlimited Ride) - ¥5,300 per person
Zekkyo Preferred Ticket (Fast Pass) - ¥1,000 per ride
By bus. On all of my Mt. Fuji trips, I used the bus for my transportation because it is very convenient and easy to book. Firstly, reserve your seat online. Then, pay in cash or credit card at the station's ticketing machine with the phone number that you registered with as the reference number (I used my Philippine mobile number and it worked!). The ride will take 2-3 hours depending on the traffic condition (Refer to Tip#2). If you opt not to stay in Fuji area the night before, you can disembark at Fuji-Q Highland.
By train. There are no direct train ride from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko Station. You must go to Otsuki Station and in that station, transfer to Fujikyuko Line going to Kawaguchiko Station. The whole ride will also take around 2 hours. Check the Fujikyuko Line site for more information.
Bus Ticket (Round trip) - ¥3,500 per person
Train Ticket (One way)- around ¥2,500 per person
Bus Ticket (One way) - ¥150 - ¥200 per person
Train Ticket (One way)- ¥170 per person
(Make a Booking.com account using my referral code for an extra ¥1800 off!)
Hotel booking (One night)- ¥3,000 - ¥4,000 per person
ZEKKYO PREFERRED TICKET
In buying a ticket, you choose a ride and a time frame (Refer to Tip#6). The time frame is in hourly basis (i.e. 9:000-10:00, 10:00-11:00, etc.). When you have the preferred ticket, the waiting time can be reduced from 2-3 hours to 5-10 minutes. The trick here is after getting your tickets, go to the other attractions you want to ride and ride them. If you came early and bought your preferred tickets early, the waiting time for other attractions can vary from 10-20 minutes. When the queue for the attractions get longer, this is where your preferred ticket comes to play. So, I recommend buying preferred tickets starting on 10:00 or 11:00. Don't hesitate to buy 2-3 tickets with the same time frame if you want to finish early and just stroll around and take pictures. If you do finish early, I recommend having a relaxing Onsen experience after (Refer to Onsen Section of the Elite Edition).
2. Avoid the Cherry Blossom Season, Golden Week, New Year Vacation, and weekends as much as possible if you are not planning to buy the Zekkyo Preferred Ticket.
3. Weather Check. Since most of the rides are outdoors, it is important that you check the weather before booking. There are only around 13 attractions in operation when it is raining. Note that some of the rides also close if the wind is strong.
4. In case of booking through internet, print your vouchers. Showing your voucher through phone won't work.
5. Lockers are available inside and outside the park. However, big lockers (check-in luggage size) are not available.
6. There are two guide maps available, an English/Chinese one and a Japanese one. Get both copies to easily buy, read, and use your Zekkyo Preferred Ticket which is printed only in Japanese.
7. The Japanese way in saying Fuji-Q Highland is Fujikyu Hayrando.
9. Comments, questions, and corrections are welcome!
Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Changes depending on the season)
Closed: No closing dates (Check their site for closed dates)
Admission: *Refer to article*
Special thanks to my very smart friend, Clarice Bernardo, for proofreading my article!