Fuji Q has to be one of the best places to visit in Japan. It has incredible rollercoasters, all set with Fuji in the background. The best views I had of Fuji were from some of these rides! Here’s some information, so you know what to expect:
The rollercoasters are absolutely bonkers. I won’t go into detail, as you really need to experience them for yourself, and I wouldn’t want to ruin some of the surprises. Lets just say they were similar to rides in the UK, but bigger, faster and always one step ahead. For example, the seats may spin round while you’re zooming along, or they may hang you over the drop for just a bit too long. I rarely get scared on rollercoasters, but Fuji Q was a game changer.
Even the smaller rides had some umph. Again they just go that bit higher and faster. I never thought I’d see my boyfriend freak out on a chair-o-plane. But that’s exactly what happened on Fuji Qs giant one – it lifts you hundreds of feet into the air.
There were also some haunted house and maze type rides. Unfortunately I did not get into these due to the queues for the rollercoasters (see below), but I can imagine they were intense. A feeling which is probably amplified if you don’t speak Japanese and haven’t a clue what’s going on!
A one day free pass for adults costs 5,700yen – this includes entry to the park, and almost all the rides. Alternatively you can buy an entry ticket for 1,300 yen, and pay as you go for rides. The four big rollercoasters are all 1,000 yen each, and the smaller rides tended to be between 500 and 800 yen.
If you have lots of time around Fuji it’s worth considering the two day free pass for 8,000 yen. As previously mentioned, I did not get on all the rides I wanted to as the queues were awful. But with a two day pass I would have been grand.
The least impressive aspect of the park had to be the long queues for the big rollercoasters. These took around 2 hours on a weekday. It’s likely these will be even longer on the busy weekends. So bare this in mind when buying your ticket. Although the free pass may seem like better value, it’s not if you only get on 2-3 rides.
The smaller rides, such as the big chair-o-plane, were better in terms of queuing. Usually 15-30 minutes. If you like these ones make sure you get a few in between the rollercoasters.
Food and Drink
There are various places to eat and drink dotted around the park – Japanese and Western. Unfortunately there weren’t many vegetarian options, and I ended up eating a banana crepe and fries for lunch. Delicious, but rather unhealthy!
Drink options are plentiful, with vending machines located throughout the park. Surprisingly there is not much of a mark up on drinks in the machines (i.e. 160 yen instead of 130 yen), which is a pleasant change from theme parks in the UK.
From Tokyo there are buses which take around two and half hours. Alternatively you can take the JR line train to Otsuki and get a connecting train to Fuji Q highland station. I opted for staying in nearby Kawaguchiko, which only took 3 minutes by train (no early starts required, and my guesthouse had a view of Fuji!)
The Fuji Q website has information in English, as well as a map of the park.