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    Japan has always been a place I have been meaning to go for many reasons but now the Fujiyama has just given me another reason.  It is one of the tallest rollercoasters in the world still to this day. The ride looks scary standing at 259 feet with an insane 235 foot drop, which makes it the largest drop in the world. Not only has it been the tallest rollercoaster in the world but it has had its title as the fastest, running at speeds of 81 mph! Fujiyama cost a whopping $40,000,000 to construct and It was designed by the Morgan company, also manufactured by TOGO. If you want to ride the beast you will have to travel to Fuji-q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan.

    Fujuyama is named after the iconic Mount Fuji, which stands on the west of Tokyo. The term Fujiyama comes from “fuji” which means king, and “yama” which means mountain. Mount Fuji is seldom referred to as “Fujiyama” in Japanese culture, but is instead more commonly referred to as “Fujisan”, using the on ‘yomi pronunciation of the “mountain” character. Instead they should of called it the “ridiculously insanely huge monstrous beast of a roller coaster”. It suits its style.

    In Japan they have various rules on all of their roller coasters. For example, to ride the Fujiyama you will have to be 54 years old or older and there is a separate entrance to pay an extra 1,000 Yen. What this seems like to me is, the ride is so dangerous that you’re giving them money to risk your life in case you do have an accident and the family ends up suing the company. This means they can afford to pay any suits. Now does that make any sense? Well this is just my theory.

    The design of Fujiyama is that of a typical out and back roller coaster.  It incorporates many of the fundamentals that are typical of this coaster design, including a large first drop, “headchopper” elements and a series of small “bunny hills” near the end of the coaster’s course

    When Fujiyama broke the world record it attracted considerable attention when it was built. The ride has been rated positively by some critics, garnering 5 stars in Steven Urbanowicz’s The Roller Coaster Lover’s Companion, however Fujiyama did not achieve a listing amongst the top 50 steel roller coaster in Amusement Today’s 2009 Golden Ticket Awards.As a roller coaster enthusiast, personally I look for more loops, terrifying corkscrews and vertical drops. Now that’s my ideal roller coaster!

    Quick Info:

    Current Coaster Name: Fujiyama
    Current Park Name: Fuji-Q Highland
    Previous Ride Name(s): N/A
    Location:  Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan.
    Status: Operating
    Links: N/A
    Cost: 40,000,000

    Technical Info:

    Type: Steel Hyper
    Opened: July 1996
    Designer: Morgan
    Features: None
    Height: 259 feet
    Max Drop:  230 feet
    Max Speed: 81 mph
    Length: 6708 feet
    Acceleration:  N/A
    Inversions:  0
    Duration: 3.36
    Trains:  N/A
    Capacity: N/A

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  1. Just did this last week. Lots if fun.

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