Monday, June 4, 2012


I went to Fujikyu Highland today!  It's an amusement park located near Mt Fuji that's famous for its insane roller coasters.  It was super fun!

I rode this
Takabisha holds the world record for steepest drop!  We rode it twice.  It was our first ride of the day and also our last.  That huge drop comes in the middle of the ride, not at the beginning!  The beginning is pitch black, you can't see a thing and you're expecting to ride gently into the daylight and start the climb up that huge tower but no, you go suddenly into a drop and then a spin and then you're into the daylight, and you go through most of the coaster before you stop and go, at a 90 degree angle, up that tower.  The view is amazing but you're too busy being terrified to really appreciate it, haha.  Then you get to the top, slowly go over the hill... and stop.  You get a moment poised on the brink of the drop to appreciate the view and also anticipate the huge freefall before you, then you're off and it's amazing!

Official photo sent directly to my cellphone. Convenient (and cheaper)!
  Here's the official photo;  you can see us all looking down in anticipation.  We also rode Fujiyama which is super long and filled with steep hills, and Dodonpa which holds the record for fastest acceleration.  We rode Dodonpa late in the day and we were all exhausted (most of us had to get up around 5am in order to make it to the bus on time to get to the park right when it opened), but that coaster was a shot of adrenaline.  We were all wide awake after that, haha.
Unfortunately Eejanaika, the coaster with the record for most inversions (or used to be, I think it might have been beaten recently by Six Flags), was closed for maintenance so we couldn't ride it : (

Haunted hospital!
We also went through the longest haunted house (possibly in the world? maybe just Asia)!  It was themed as a haunted hospital, and it took almost an hour to go through the whole thing.  It starts off with a short movie to give the background (mental hospital where experiments were done and now vengeance must be wreaked), then you go into a room where you're told to sit on a bench and you get a briefing on all the things you shouldn't do (one of the things that is prohibited:  going in alone!), and then the bench suddenly drops and a burst of air hits you and the photo is taken!  I think I got the brunt of the air blast, my friend on the other end said he didn't feel much.  Then you get handed a flashlight (one single flashlight for our group of five) and off you go!  It's really long and there are a lot of stairs, it's kind of a workout lol.  We went through the whole thing in a close huddle/train, only separating when we needed to scream and run away from an unexpected actor.  It was really creepy and atmospheric, but there weren't a whole lot of actual scares.  The actors playing the ghosts were few and far between (although that definitely upped the scare factor when you actually saw one), and there were a few places that I felt were total missed opportunites, like a room where there were a whole bunch of sheets draped over who knows what, and a room filled with hanging burlap sacks, and one with a huge bloody bathtub, but nothing actually happened in those rooms.  There was one awesome part though;  about 70% of the way through you have to give up your flashlight, and then you go into this loooong hallway lit by candles.  You can hear footsteps behind you, but there's nothing there... until you hear them again and there's totally a guy there chasing you!  A couple guys chase you at the end too, to try to get you to run out of the exit.  While we were waiting in line we kept seeing people just sprinting out of the exit, it was kind of hilarious.

Our group
We got separated at the haunted house because some of us wanted food, some wanted to go straight there, and some didn't want to go, which is why we were a group of 5 at the haunted house, but then we got back together and this was our entire group.  It was a large outing!  We filled up the roller coasters, haha.

Anyway I have some more pictures and am waiting for friends to post more on facebook so I can steal them, but for now I need to get to bed.  I'm exhausted!

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