Specific Type: Hyper Coaster
When people think of TOGO International, they automatically think “rough”. No one stops to think about TOGO’s one great achievement that is still among the tallest roller coasters in the world. Fujiyama Highlands had owned other ingenious coasters likeMoonsault Scramble, but that wasn’t enough. In 1995 they went looking for an attraction to give them a good name, but what they did was cement themselves a place in the record books with what was then the tallest coaster in the world, a record it held for four years. Fujiyama opened in 1996 with a name derived from the neighboring Mount Fujiyama. The name Fujiyama itself is derived from the Japanese words "Fuji" meaning "king" and "Yama" meaning mountain, or "king mountain." The word "mountain" of course here refers to the mountainous hills of the "king coaster."
No matter how you look at it, Fujiyama is a true achievement for everyone involved. TOGO turned out a first class coaster and Fujiyama Highlands gave themselves a name in the amusement park world. Fujiyama stands at a towering 259-feet with 6,708-feet of white track supported by a black support structure. The red ride trains reach speeds in excess of 80-mph throughout the ride’s circuit, making it the fastest coaster during its first year of operation before Tower of Terror opened up at Dreamworld in Australia. While Fuji-Q Highlands is still the home of one of the fastest coasters in the world, Dodonpa, but Fujiyama will always remain the most well-known and recognized coaster at the park.
Thrillseekers board one of the stunning coaches sitting 2-abreast. They secure the lapbar and the train embarks out of the station. As the train climbs higher and higher, the riders realize that they are in for the ride of their lives. The train finally reaches the 259-foot summit, after what seems like an eternity. The train slowly crests the top of the hill and heads down a slightly banked slope. Next, riders are sent plummeting downward towards the ground. As riders think the train is going to plow straight into the ground, the track shoots upwards to the top of the second hill. The train crests the top of the hill and rips around a 180-degree turn. At the end of the turn, the train plummets downward again. The train races over the top of another hill and into a highly banked 180-degree turn. The train flies out of the turn and up a small incline. Next the track leads the train into a small dip before another downward then upward banked 180-degree turn. The train races out of that and into yet another 180-degree turn. The turn exits at ground level and the train races around the base of the structure, then upward into the bunny hill section. The train goes through two bunny hills giving the riders a little more airtime. The coaches crest the top of the final bunny hill and roll into the final brake run.
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