Attention Adrenaline Junkies: Behold Takabisha, the World’s Steepest Rollercoaster

On Thursday, we reported the story about how Japan’s K computer has recently surpassed China’s Tianhe-1A to become the fastest supercomputer in the world. It looks like Japan will soon add another world-record superlative to its science and engineering portfolio: The world’s steepest rollercoaster. On July 16th, the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Yamanashi near Mount Fuji will begin offering enthusiasts the chance to ride Takabisha, a rollercoaster six tenths of a mile in length which features a 121 degree freefall. In case you were wondering, that is very steep. So steep, in fact, that riders will experience actual weightlessness as they plunge down and over Takabisha’s tracks at over 60 miles per hour. Prior to the construction of Takabisha, the Mumbo Jumbo in Yorkshire, England held the world’s steepest rollercoaster title, subjecting riders to a 112 degree descent angle. So, if you love rollercoasters and happen to be in the Mount Fuji/Tokyo area the middle of this July, get on over to Fuji-Q. But we do suggest you skip lunch before you get on this monster fighter jet of a ride. (The Mail Online – Steep Japan Rollercoaster)

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