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Fuji-Q Highland (富士急ハイランド) is one of Japan's most popular amusement parks, located in the Fuji Five Lake region at the foot of Mount Fuji. It is best known for its thrilling, record-breaking roller coasters and elaborate, anime- themed rides and attractions. The park strives to be at the forefront of theme park entertainment, and has been constantly opening new rides and attractions, including Guinness World Record breaking roller coasters.

Currently, the park has four major roller coasters. Fujiyama, the park's centerpiece attraction, was the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster when it opened in 1996, and it continues to rank among the best coasters in the world. Dodonpa (2001) is currently the parks speediest coaster and the world record holder for fastest acceleration. Eejanaika (2006), a "4th dimension" roller coaster with seats rotating within the car, has the most inversions of any roller coaster. Finally, Takabisha, built in 2011, is the steepest roller coaster in the world, dropping at an angle of 121 degrees.

The park also has several large-scale entertainment attractions, many of which are based on popular anime series, including multiple mazes and haunted attractions. In addition, there are a range of traditional rides such as tea cup, log flume, pirate ship and drop tower type rides, a ferris wheel, carousel and sky swings. Seasonal attractions, such as an ice skating rink, are also available. Restaurants, rest areas, souvenir shops and carnival games are spread out around the park.

There are also a number of kids attractions some of which are based on popular anime series. Furthermore, one area of the park is home to Thomas Land, a train themed zone which is based on the British Thomas the Tank Engine books and television series.

Just outside the park a few steps from its main entrance stands the Highland Resort Hotel and Spa, an affiliated hotel that offers nice views of Mount Fuji and easy access to Fuji-Q Highland and its surrounding attractions. Hotel guests enjoy perks such as early entrance to the theme park and free entry to the Fujiyama Museum and Fujiyama Onsen.

The Fujiyama Museum is an art museum displaying a wide variety of paintings and other illustrations of Mount Fuji. The museum is located on the Fuji-Q Highland park grounds and is free to enter for park attendees that have unlimited ride tickets.

Also nearby just outside the park is the Fujiyama Onsen, a modern hot spring facility next to the Fuji-Q Highland Resort. The bath house features nice, traditionally styled wooden baths and offers both indoor and outdoor baths segregated by gender. Unfortunately, Fujiyama Onsen does not have views of Mount Fuji from its baths, but the mountain can be seen from the facility's restaurant.

Getting there and around

Fuji-Q Highland lies next to Fujikyu Highland Station on the Fujikyu Railway Line between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko Stations. The one way trip from Kawaguchiko Station takes two minutes and costs 180 yen. There are 2-3 departures per hour. The Fujikyu Railway Line is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but it is covered by the JR Tokyo Wide Pass.

Virtually every highway bus to the Fuji Five Lakes area stops at Fuji-Q Highland along the way. These include direct buses to Shinjuku, Tokyo Station and Yokohama Station. Various combination tickets are available that include transportation and admission to the park.

Additionally, many local buses and occasional Omni Buses on the Kawaguchiko Line stop at Fuji-Q Highland and Fujiyama Onsen.

How to get to and around the Fuji Five Lakes

Hours and Fees

Fuji-Q Highland

Hours

9:00 to 17:00 (until 18:00 on weekends and holidays)
Longer hours during peak seasons.

Closed

Small number of irregular closing days

Admission

Admission to the park is free. Individual rides cost between 400 and 2000 yen. The regular cost for a 1-day pass for unlimited rides is 6000 yen. Discounted passes are available through Voyagin.

Fujiyama Onsen

Hours

6:00 to 9:00 and 10:00 to 23:00 (entry ends at 8:00 and 22:00 respectively)

Closed

No closing days

Admission

700 yen (mornings)
1500 yen (weekday daytime)
1800 yen (weekend daytime)

Fujiyama Museum

Hours

10:00 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)

Closed

Irregular, occasional closing days (check official website for details)

Admission

1000 yen

Hotels around Fuji Five Lakes

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      Offering a Mount Fuji view from the garden, Lake Villa Kawaguchiko is a self-catering accommodation located in Fujikawaguchiko. Free WiFi access is available. The property is a 15-minute drive from Kawaguchiko Train Station. Each spacious cottage is fitted with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a terrace. There is a full kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and cooking stoves. The private bathroom comes with a bath tub, a shower and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy barbecuing at the front yard at a surcharge. Guests can use luggage storage services and drinks vending machines on site. The property offers free parking. No meals are served at the property, but guests can prepare their own meals using the kitchen. The property is just a 3-minute walk to Lake Kawaguchi and a 10-minute walk to Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Itchiku Kubota Art Museum is located an 8-minute walk away.
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    • HOSTEL MICHIKUSA-YA
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