You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online

Tokyo Dome, Yomiuriland and other Japanese theme parks are sharing their wildest roller coasters online – so you can take a virtual ride at home

Kasey Furutani

Summer vacation is approaching, but unfortunately, this year we have to stay home to help curb the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus. Theme parks, including Yomiuriland, Tokyo Dome City and Yokohama’s Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, have uploaded free videos of their attractions – including bungee jumping, VR games and of course, roller coasters – so you can get your adrenaline rush from the comfort of your couch. 

Here are some of the best, and scariest, rides. 

Thunder Dolphin at Tokyo Dome City

The adorably-named Thunder Dolphin is not for the faint of heart. The steel roller coaster starts with an 80-degree incline, where you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous view of Tokyo, before the roller coaster reaches speeds of 130kmph, whipping through Tokyo Dome’s famous Big O.

Roller Coaster at Hanayashiki 

Located in Asakusa, Hanayashiki is Tokyo’s oldest amusement park, dating back to 1853. It is also home to Tokyo’s oldest roller coaster, which opened in 1953. The aptly named Roller Coaster might not be the most thrilling ride as it only reaches speeds up to 42kmph. But, if you crank up the sound, you’ll notice some scary creaking noises coming from the nearly 70-year-old coaster. 

Bandit at Yomiuriland 

Bandit, Yomiuriland’s classic roller coaster, is surprisingly long – the three-minute ride will whip you through the forests of western Tokyo, reaching speeds of 110kmph.

Surf Coaster Leviathan at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise 

Yokohama’s Surf Coaster Leviathan (at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise) is Japan’s only roller coaster that travels over the ocean. The four-minute long ride is incredibly thrilling – you’ll dip and drop and twist on a 90-degree helix, all above the sea water. 

Merry-go-round at Seibu Yuenchi 

Not an adrenaline fiend? Seibu Yuenchi’s classic merry-go-round will calm your nerves. Featuring lions, giraffes, zebras and even an ostrich, the animals are connected to the ride from the floor rather than the ceiling, making for a slightly more realistic-looking animal parade. 

For more amusement ride videos, see Yomiuriland’s official website

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