Cover The new observation sky deck at Japan's Fuji-Q Highland overlooks Mount Fuji (Photo: Fujikyu Co. Ltd)

Fujiyama Sky Deck in Japan's Fuji-Q Highland boasts a height of 55 metres and offers a spectacular front-seat view of Mount Fuji

Move over Super Nintendo World, Tokyo Disneyland, Universal Studios—Japan's "scariest" theme park has a new attraction. Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi Prefecture is home to record-breaking, terrifying and jaw-dropping rollercoasters. But it's also known for giving you the best views of Mount Fuji from its rollercoasters as part of the mountain is located in Yamanashi.

Fuji-Q Highland set to open an observation sky deck atop the new Fujiyama Tower that provides a barrier-free skywalk and unbeatable panoramic view of Mount Fuji. Opening on July 23, the observation deck stands at 55 metres and built directly beside the Fujiyama rollercoaster (dubbed "King of Coasters"), which was the tallest rollercoaster in the world when it opened in 1968. It also previously had the largest drop in the world at 70 metres.

To give you the best viewing experience, the tower is also opening the Fujiyama Walk, as part of Fujiyama's 25th anniversary. It will allow thrill-seekers to walk mid-air in a winding track with nothing but a harness to keep you tied to the tower. A tube-type slide called Fujiyama Slider—which will allow you to slide down from the observation floor at once—is set to open at a later date.

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Fujiyama Tower was previously only used for staff inspections and repairs without needing to use the narrow trackways. The staff themselves enjoyed the views of Mount Fuji and thought of opening up the experience to their visitors. "We wanted more people to see this superb view that only a limited number of people could see," according to a statement on the Fuji-Q Highland website.

If you've tried to see Mount Fuji from other high-rise buildings such as Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower or even opted to travel all the way to Hakone, you know that you'd need good weather to see the mountain in all its glory. With Fujiyama Sky Deck, you can get an unmatched, front-seat view of Yamanashi and the iconic Mount Fuji.

Fujiyama Sky Deck and Fujiyama Walk cost JPY1,000–1,400 each, depending on the season. A one-day pass that costs JPY6,200 allows you access to all the rides and attractions in the park including Fujiyama Tower.

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Fujiyama Tower is scheduled to open on July 21 at Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi Prefecture. For more information, please visit the official website (only in Japanese for now).


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