The Fuji Q-Highland is in trouble for Do-Dodonpa, one of its dangerous roller coasters. Japan’s Most Extreme Amusement Park Is Being Investigated By injuries suffered by four of its visitors between September 2020 and August 2021.
An incident on August 2 caused the aforementioned attraction to close until further notice and the park to report the four previous injuries to the Japanese prefectural government.
According to CNN, four cyclists between the ages of 30 and 50 reported severe injuries after riding the Do-Dodonpa. There was talk of broken bones, including fractures in the cervical and thoracic spine.
The fearsome Do-Dodonpa.
“Currently, the causal relationship between injuries and arcade machines has not yet been confirmed,” read a statement issued by the park. Sansei Technologies, the manufacturer of Do-Dodonpa, agreed assuring that the “causal relationship between the injuries of the passengers and the amusement machine is not confirmed”.
It is not the first time that the Do-Dodonpa has had problems. The mountain rises about 49 meters in the air and measures one kilometer two hundred meters. One of the most questioned aspects of the attraction is its overwhelming speed: its seats move 180 kilometers per hour in 1.56 seconds.
Recently, a 30-year-old woman also reported injuries, but park authorities verified that the machinery was in good condition and determined that the fault was the “victim”. “It could have leaned forward during the trip,” they explained.
The mountain of injuries? Photo: AP.
Fuji-Q triggered a government investigation when the park failed to submit regulatory reports on the injuries within a 30-day time limit set by the Ministry of Lands, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism.
Only for the brave
Fuji-Q Highland is located in Yamanashi, at the foot of the famous Mount Fuji. It was inaugurated in ’68 and it has always been characterized by taking its attractions to a limit.
They were the ones who released what was for a long time according to Guinness the steepest roller coaster in the world. It is the Takabisha, a game that includes a 121 degree free fall. Then it was replaced by the fearsome TMNT Shellraiser of American Dream, New Jersey.
They also presented the Fujiyama, one that was known to be the highest on the planet when it was released in 1996.
Another attraction that stands out to the park is the Haunted hospital, the first and really great haunted attraction that ever existed. These games are generally experiences that take place in buildings that pretend to be an enchanted place and have terrifying characters.