13 Japanese Scream Machine Roller Coasters

If you can’t make it to Japan to test these rides yourself, these videos will give you a good idea of what you’re missing.

Dodonpa
Fuji-Q Highland

It’s no longer the world’s fastest coaster, but it’s the fastest out of the gate going 106.8 miles in 1.8 seconds. After the launch Dodonpa dips into banked curve followed by a 17-story ascent and descent. Extreme negative G forces. One of the most insane, intense coasters you are ever likely to experience!

Eejanaika
Fuji-Q Highland

A fourth Dimension coaster in which the seats can rotate forward or backward 360 degrees in a controlled spin, Eejanaika features the most inversions in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Although the coaster only Riders go through 14 inversions although the coaster istelf only inverts three times. The remaining inversions are a result of the spinning seats.

Fujiyama
Fuji-Q Highland

One of the tallest and longest steel coasters in the world, this coaster stands 26 stories tall, features a 230-foot descent at a 65 degree angle and a top speed of more than 80 miles per hour. After the twenty three story plunge, Fujiyama’s trains follow a double out and back layout with a number of airtime producing hills and drops that is well over a mile in length.

Steel Dragon 2000
Nagashima Spa Land

The longest, tallest and fastest non-launched coaster in the world Steel Dragon was closed in 1003 for three years after one of its wheels flew off and caused serious injuries. The ride is 318 feet tall and reaches speeds of 95 miles per hour.

Pyrenees
Parque Espana-Shima Spain Village

A 4,049-foot inverted roller coaster with the cars suspended from the track instead of coasting over the top. Pyrenees takes riders up 148 feet and features spiraling tracks and hairpin curves.

Thunder Dolphin
LaQua

The megacoaster achieves speeds of more than 80 miles per hour as it takes riders up and around Tokyo Dome City and passes through the middle of a ferris wheel. The 26-story tall roller coaster starts off with a 218-foot drop at an 80-degree angle.

Vanish
Cosmoland

This coaster vanishes from its 115-foot drop into the water.

Surf Coaster
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

This coaster extends 279 feet into the ocean and features several large drops and three helixes.

Bandit
Yomiuri Land

Built in 1988, it was the world’s tallest coaster at 197 feet until Cedar Point opened the Magnum, XL-200 the following year. In its incarnation as “Splash Bandit,” riders are shot with Super Soakers at the start and fire hoses at strategic parts of the track.

Momonga
Yomiuri Land

You can sit or stand up on this loop coaster, which opened as a sit-down ride in 1979. The standing train was added three years later. Momonga means flying squirrel in Japan.

Raging Spirits
Tokyo Disney Sea

This coaster takes you on a ride through the Incan ruins of the park’s Emperor’s New Groove. Based on the Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril attraction at Disneyland Paris, legend has it that vengeful spirits were awakened during excavation of the area. As the ride passes by, the stone God Of Fire statue bursts into flame and the multi-headed statue representing the God of Water rains water on riders.

Kawasemi
Tobu Zoo Park

This steel coaster just opened it March of this year. It reaches speeds of 55 miles per hour, a height of more than 108 feet and lots of airtime.

Regina
Tobu Zoo Park

A 4,377-foot-long wooden coaster built on top of pond.

Creative Commons License photo credit: thecrypt

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