Yamanashi is a very popular destination for tourists and the Japanese alike. The prefecture is surrounded with world heritage sites and lakes. Yamanashi has also various parks that provide a spectacular view of Fuji San. The mountain can be spotted all around town as long as there are no clouds looming. The city is also popular for its many lakes the transition of the seasons have a dramatic effect in regards to the lakes surroundings. Colorful blossoms during the spring and summer periods while silky white snow covered grounds during the winter its nothing but breathtaking.
The popularity of the spot is also reflected in the price. This was perhaps one of the more expensive spots I have visited in Japan almost everything seemed to be overpriced. I suppose living in the country side in Japan in comparison has this effect on my spending. The purpose of visiting Yamanashi was for spending a couple of days at Fuji Q Japans top amusement attraction. Fuji Q has by far been the best amusement park I have ever been to. Check below for my ride thrill rating and ranking.
In terms of accommodation there are various lakeside hotels available however depending on the time of year you choose to visit the spot prices can fluctuate considerably spring all the way through to the end of summer months the highest prices are charged. If your sole purpose for coming to Yamanashi is to visit Fuji Q highland than the Highland resort would be my number one option the Hotel is a true resort in every sense of the word. Equipped with a pure wood Fuji mountain Onsen and free admission to Fuji Q highland. The more economically friendly option would be AirBnb me my partner managed to book a house in the woods however had we had no car there was no way we could have commuted.
In terms of food Yamanashi is famous for Hoto a type of thick cut noodles cooked in a special broth mixed with vegetables a very rich and delightful dish that seems to have been designed for the cold winter days. However, if you fancy western cuisine you are in luck as there are various Italian, steakhouses and American restaurants around town.
Yamanashi instantly became one of my favorite spots in Japan I will be sure to revisit again. Spring is considered to be the most popular period for visiting Yamanashi since the lakes are surrounded by blooming flowers of all sorts of colors and scents.
The only ride in the park with dangling legs. Also, the most intense ride in the park. Thrill seekers are sure to be satisfied.
Named the King of Coasters perhaps not to the extent of the above ride however this iconic coaster ride is a thrill seekers favorite. The ride elevates to about 80m before it sends you into a heart pounding speed churning adrenaline thrill ride.
The fastest ride in the park and has recently gone through some restoration. The ride goes up to 180km/h in 1.56seconds enough said.
When I first saw this ride, I was terrified specially after all the reviews I read online. However, in my opinion in comparison to some of the rides above this was disappointing. The 121-degree tilt drop it’s the rides selling point and I think is also its downfall.
Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear
This is not a ride but I thought I will put up here since many will want to experience this one. Firstly, this attraction requires a payment of 1000 yen it is not included as part of the free admission ticket. As far as the experience goes the scares are there random chases, dim lighting it’s all present they sell the experience as a maze. But, it is far from that there is only one pathway to take and there are arrows indicating the path to take. Me and my partner enjoyed it however it wasn’t as scary as they sell it to be and in my opinion the extra admission cost was not justified.