Fuji Q Highland

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Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you like things that go up high, and yank you around corners at high speeds? Then I recommend that you take a trip to Fuji Q Highland. It is really like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Six flags,  and Hershey Park (if you’re from PA)  simply do not compare. The roller coasters, or jetto coasters as they are called here are truly out of this world.

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Of course you’ll be waiting in line for well over an hour for each ride, so it’s best to make it an all day trip, but the rides are well worth it. Even the spinning tea cups will leave you regretting that giant double patty Fuji burger that you just ate. Oh, and did I mention that the amusement park is at the base of Mt. Fuji? So if you ever wanted to go to Mt. Fuji without having to experience all of the pain, fear, and despair (just kidding) of climbing the actual mountain, you can just go to Fuji Q instead. Plus, the amusement park offers a great view of the Mountain.

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Can you tell what that is? It’s Mt. Fuji, majestically covered in billowing clouds. It’s so serene, and no matter where you are in the park, you can see the mountain. But back to the park. I got to try out most, if not all, of the roller coasters but by far, my favorite of all time was the ええじゃないか (Eejaniaka). Believe it or not, the Eejaniaka is actually a 4th deminsion roller/jetto coaster, meaning that while the roller coaster is moving, the individual seats have the ability to rotate a full 360 degrees in a controlled spin.

The wait was over an hour, and I was shaking in uncontrolled excitement right before I got on. You strap into the ride backwards, with your feet dangling, and as the ride prepares to take off, the staff start clapping and chanting “eejanaika eejanaika” as your fate is sealed. I was a little apprehensive because you can’t actually see where you’re going, and before you to hit the first drop your seat rotates so that you’re basically flat on your back, but after everything, I can honestly say that it has been my favorite roller coaster so far. Plus afterwards, there was this nice little taiyaki place waiting for us when we got off. And of course, a purikura to commemorate the experience.

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And the park had these funny mascots that were reminiscent of the Power Rangers. They were klutzy, and dopey, and flat out hilarious! By the end of the end of the day I’m pretty sure I felt like the green ranger…

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At one point it started to rain, so we took refuge in the Gundam exhibit. Unfortunately though, the entire exhibit was dedicated to Crisis Gundam…and as many gundam series as I’ve seen, Crisis Gundam was not one of them. There’s only a picture of the outside because photo taking was not allowed inside (another incentive for you to go to Fuji Q).

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Another awesome feature was the Fuji Q (?) Hotel…well maybe not the actual hotel, but the onsen inside. Now just really quick, in case you haven’t heard of an onsen, it basically a hot spring/bath facility that is really common in Japan.

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It’s a great way to relax and to cleanse you mind, body, and soul. And of course you have to do it in your birthday suit. But do not fear, everyone in the onsen (which of course is separated by gender) is in their birthday suit as well, so it’s only as awkward as you make it. The features of this onsen were a septic bath, a reclined sleep bath (complete with a nice place to rest your head) a cold bath, a sauna, and an indoor and outdoor bath. It was very very peaceful. But a word of caution, if you have a tattoo you may want to cover it up because many onsens may not allow you to enter if you have a visible tattoo.

After we unwound we dressed ourselves in the robes they provided us and looked for somewhere to chow down! The restaurant in the hotel was a bit pricey, but it was very delicious. I can honestly say that I have had the best Katsu Curry since I’ve been in Japan at this hotel. Let me show you a picture so that you can drool as I did.

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The flavor was out of this world. I can definitely say that the whole day was a success. We went on some crazy rides, relaxed in an onsen, and enjoyed some terrific food. I give the Fuji Q experience a A++. So when you come to Japan, make sure you stop by! You won’t regret it!

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