Top 3 Fuji Q Highland Roller Coasters for Thrill Seekers!

With our feet dangling in the air, we were then launched backwards, almost straight into a sharp drop, which definitely lifted our heart rates before going straight into a 76-metre backward climb. Riding the Eejanaika roller coaster was our top highlight at Fuji Q Highland, and we look forward to sharing our experiences riding the top 3 Fuji Q Highland roller coasters with you!

Fuji-Q is famous for its world record-breaking roller coasters. It has held records for the following:

  • Takabisha was the steepest rollercoaster from 2011 to 2019
  • Fujiyama was the tallest rollercoaster when it opened in 1996. It was also the fastest rollercoaster for one year, and it is still one of the longest steel rollercoasters in the world.
  • Eeijanaika is a fourth-dimensional rollercoaster that holds the Guinness World Record for the most inversions (14).
  • Dodonpa was the fastest rollercoaster from 2001 to 2003. Unfortunately, the Dodonpa is no longer operating.

The Top 3 Fuji Q Roller Coasters

The top 3 roller coasters at Fuji Q are, without a doubt, Eejanaika, Takabisha, and Fujiyama. 🎢

  • Eenajaika—Eejanaika opened in 2006 and still holds the Guinness World Record for the most inversions, with 14.
  • Takabisha—Takabisha opened in 2011 and still holds the record for being the world’s steepest rollercoaster, with a drop angle of 121 degrees.
  • Fujiyama – Fujiyama is named after Mt Fuji, which provides such a spectacular backdrop to Fuji Q. Fujiyama literally means “Fuji Mountain”. When Fujiyama was built, it held Guinness World Records for both the world’s tallest rollercoaster (79 metres / 259 feet) and the largest drop (70 metres / 230 feet).

Of note is that the Dodonpa rollercoaster was shut down in August 2021 after receiving many injury complaints. When it opened in 2001, Dodonpa claimed two Guinness World Records for the fastest roller coaster in the world (180 km/hr or 112 miles an hour) and the fastest acceleration. Dodonpa still holds the record for the fastest acceleration. It could accelerate from 0 to 172 km/hour (107 miles per hour) in 1.56 seconds…

1. Eejanaika Fuji Q

Eejanaika is, without a doubt, the wildest and most insane ride I have ever experienced.

Eejanaika is described as a four-dimensional roller coaster. Unlike more traditional rollercoasters, where the seats are in a fixed position, the seats on the Eejanaika can rotate 360 degrees both forward and backward. The rotating seats take the experience to a whole different level! While the actual track features three inversions, the rotation of the seats means that you will actually be subjected to 14 inversions in a little over two minutes. 

Eijanaika
Eijanaika

After loading, with our feet dangling in the air, we were then launched backwards almost straight into a sharp drop, which definitely lifted our heart rates before going straight into a 76-metre backward climb. While the views over the surrounding area were fantastic, it was hard to really appreciate them as the backward climb continued. I felt very apprehensive about what would happen when we reached the top of the climb!

Riding Eijanaika
Riding Eijanaika

After passing over the top of the climb, we suddenly faced downwards, and the ride began. The track and seats were spinning, and I almost lost all sense of perspective. It felt like I was trapped inside a massive, violent tornado, travelling at over 125km/hr as my body was thrown and spun in every possible direction.

If it wasn’t for the fact that we wanted to sample as many rides as possible at Fuji Q, we would have happily gone on Eejanaika multiple times just to relive that experience!

2. Takabisha Roller Coaster

I loved Takabisha not just for the world record beyond vertical drop but also for the sheer variety of thrills on a ride that seemed to go on forever. Of the top 3 roller coasters at Fuji Q, it is the second-longest ride behind Fujiyama.

Takabisha starts as a dark roller coaster. We dropped down into the darkness, did a barrel roll before accelerating up to 100 kilometres down a tunnel. We then flew out of the building into the open air. Once in the open air, we went through a series of 3-4 inversions before returning to the building.

Although the ride had already been a lot of fun, my son and I looked at each other with disappointment that the ride was already over. But to our delight the experience was actually only just getting started!

Takabisha - The Big Drop
Takabisha – The Big Drop

After entering the building, the ride took a 180-degree turn back out of the building, and we immediately started climbing a 43-metre completely vertical hill.

Takabisha - About to reach the top
Takabisha – About to reach the top

The best part about this ride was the pause at the top, where our bodies were pressed against the safety bar while we were given a couple of moments to admire the beauty of Mt Fuji set against the clear blue sky—the perfect mix of fear and exhilaration. After this temporary pause, we fell into the beyond vertical 121-degree drop, which was beyond insane, before entering a series of three more inversions before the ride finally finished.

Takabisha is the newest of the top 3 roller coasters at Fuji Q, and it shows. It felt very smooth, was fast, and offered a fantastic mix of experiences.

3. Fujiyama Roller Coaster – The King of Coasters

When it first opened in 1996, Fujiyama set world records for being the tallest roller coaster and for having the biggest drop. While the coaster now feels a little dated, the climb to the top, the top speed, and the extremely long ride mean that Fujiyama can still offer a fantastic experience.

As we climbed the hill at the start of the ride, we watched the signs marking off how high we were above the ground (20 metres, 30 metres, 40 metres) while seeing the ground fall away behind us. The relentless “click click click” noise of the anti-rollback device provided an ominous background noise to the slow and relentless climb.

When we reached the top, the view of Mt Fuji was spectacular, and then we were thrown through a seemingly endless series of loops, twists, and turns at extremely high speed.

Fujiyama Roller Coaster
Fujiyama Roller Coaster

For a rollercoaster that is now over 20 years old, Fujiyama is still a whole lot of fun and well worth going on. It just doesn’t quite measure up to what Eejanaika and Takabisha have to offer.

Fujiyama - King of Coasters
Fujiyama – King of Coasters

Bonus! Dodonpa Roller Coaster

While the Dodonpa roller coaster is now closed, I am thankful that I had the chance to experience this roller coaster without walking away with an injury!

Dodonpa was the most brutal and unsubtle rollercoaster I have ever been on. This ride was all about insane acceleration and speed. Formula 1 cars and Moto GP bikes can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr per hour in a little over 2 seconds. Dodonpa accelerated from 1 to 172 km/hr in 1.56 seconds, so it accelerated more than twice as fast as a Formula 1 car!

After loading into the Dodonpa coaster train, we entered a launch area and were smacked in the face by the deep, percussive sounds of taiko drums playing a Do-don-pa beat from which the roller coaster gets its name. The menacing beat of the drums, followed by a countdown to launch, certainly helped build suspense.

We were then fired out of the launch tunnel by the compressed air system used to launch the trains. It was like being shot out of a cannon as we were thrust back into our seats and raced along a straight section of track before banking into a large curve, followed by a 40-metre diameter loop, which at its high point is almost 50 metres above the ground.

Dodonpa
Dodonpa

After negotiating the loop, there were a couple more twists and turns before the vehicle decelerated back into the station, and the ride was (too) quickly over. I have never before experienced the acceleration and g-forces this ride had to offer.

Dodonpa with Mt Fuji in background
Dodonpa with Mt Fuji in background

So there you have it! The top 3 roller coasters at Fuji Q Highland plus our fun memory of the now shutdown Dodonpa. If you want to learn more to plan your visit to Fuji Q Highland Theme Park, please check out our detailed article.

Fuji Q Highland Roller Coasters

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