New coaster has seriously steep drop
Stars and Stripes August 18, 2011
There are many ways of escaping from the hot summer in Japan. Try the newly built roller coaster Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park at the base of Mount Fuji.
Takabisha, the fourth giant coaster at the park, was launched in July. Takabisha means high-handed or an attitude of looking down from higher places.
Roller-coaster fans can experience a 121-degree angle on a vertical drop, which was certified by Guinness World Records as a world record on July 8.
Riders are lifted vertically to about 141 feet high while looking at the sky. The eight-passenger car immediately stops on a downhill, then restarts rolling down along 121 degrees of overhang and reaching 328 feet in two seconds through a tunnel, a total of seven twists. It’s 160 seconds of breathless excitement!
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Address: 5-6-1, Shin Nishihara, Fujiyoshida city, Yamanashi prefecture
Admission: 1,200 yen, plus 1,000 yen/per ride or 4,800-yen free-pass for adults; 600 yen for admission, plus 1,000 yen/per ride or 3,500-yen free-pass for children
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays & holidays
Transportation: 80-minute ride from Shinjuku on Chuo Express, get off at Kawaguchiko I.C.; 100-minute bus ride from Shinjuku (03-5376-2222); 50-minute train ride from Otsuki Station on Fujikyu Kyuko Line to Fujikyu Highland Station.