Chapter 7 Home of the MOST INSANE RIDE IN JAPAN: Rusutsu Resort
It's a nice, long scenic ride through the mountains from Sapporo to Rusutsu Resort, which is a an amusement park in the summer and a ski resort in the winter. Yes, Rusutsu is tucked away among some beautiful Japanese mountains and offers a view of "northern Japan's Mt. Fuji"--a very impressive volcano the real name of which escapes me at the moment. Yes, this was a very relaxing, peaceful setting (threat of volcanic annihilation aside), but appearances can be deceiving. Do you not hear the sounds of screams amid much clinking and clanking somewhere up on the mountainside? Yes Rusutsu Resort is also the home of . . .
THE MOST INSANE RIDE IN JAPAN!
I'm talking about the Ultra Twister with a dive loop here. This creation from the fevered minds at Togo looks like some sort of alien interdimensional transport, engineered to tear a hole in the fabric of time and space. The ride manages to achieve "ludicrous speed" as it plunges and twists and dives, often causing complete mental breakdowns in riders, eliciting fiendish, uncontrollable laughter and shocked, bulging eyeballs. But don't take my word for it. Check out Robb's video.
I'm reasonably sure that this is the portal Cthulhu used to enter our dimension. He is, no doubt, living in a nearby volcano while plotting the Apocalypse.
I loved Ultra Twister and rode it a number of times during our ERT/filming session and again just before we returned to Sapporo. How many times? I really can't say. It's all a bit of a blur . . .
There are other coasters at Rusutsu. The cleverly named shuttle loop, Loop the Loop, is pretty good--one of those intense Meisho Amusement Machines creations that pulls you to the top of a spike and sends you through the loop backward. Hurricane is one of, I think, only two Vekoma SLCs in Japan (the other is at Mitsui Greenland), and is pretty bad, but it does have a nice setting within a grove of trees. The Go Go Sneaker mouse coaster is OK, although the Mad Mouse with mine cars is a bit painful. Standing Coaster, another catchy name, is one of those Togo jobs with a loop, and I thought it was worse than Shockwave at Kings Dominion; however, I know a number of people on the trip who thought it was OK. You're probably wondering, "What about the Jet Coaster?" Yes, the park has one, along with an old Arrow Corkscrew.
Rusutsu also boasts a particularly creepy walk-though haunted house, where they do sick things to cute little animals; a number of flats; a nice, European-themed shopping-and-dining area in the hotel with a “sort of” animatronic band; Desperados (yes!); and a tram ride up the mountain that offers a nice view of the volcano and surrounding area. And let's not forget the very nice staff who wants everyone to BE HAPPY!
Everyone had a great time there, too. Let's go in, shall we?
Before we head out to Rusutsu Resort, how about a nice, refreshing can of FIRE?
Location and spelling of "Rusutsu" confirmed.
Ugh! That can of FIRE is not sitting well. Perhaps a nice "potato drink" will soothe my acid stomach.
Is there anywhere else where one can get a drink around here? Seriously, why are drink stands so hard to find?
Oh my god! I'm flashing back to the singing, mutant tree we encountered during the Scandi Trip back in 2009. Or maybe this is just a potato-drink-fueled hallucination.
We did, indeed, enjoy the wonders we beheld within.
Here is one of those wonders.
This car was also a wonder to behold.
Uh oh! I have come across a tortured spirit that is being held in thrall by Cthulhu! (Or maybe I'm just playing with some toy I got from a capsule machine.)
Yes, it all looks very "European" for Japan.
Angry Mushroom says it's time to get to the park.
Hmm--I think we're on the right track. Call it . . . a hunch.
Here's one of the ski lifts. There are cottages you can rent next to the ski runs, too.
Here's the lay of the land.
The staff will remind you to do this all day.
This ride will really put the park's "be happy" motto to the test.
I'm not sure I want a "soft cream hot dog"--is it some sort of soup?
It was quite a trudge to our first objective.
Behold THE MOST INSANE RIDE IN JAPAN!
Here is a particularly insane portion--the dive loop.
Let us take a moment to consider the quiet majesty of nature . . .
AGGH! SAVE US JEEBUS!
Yes, the space-time rift is opening . . .
. . . and soon Cthulhu will be here!
"Aw, how insane could it be, really?"
"Run you fools! Cthulhu is coming through the rift!
We all survived our session on Ultra Twister--and there was still a lot more to do.
Rusutsu celebrates American Power!
Catchy name, no?
At first, KT was reluctant to ride Loop the Loop and attempted the old "slouching under the height sign" trick. But she was tall enough to ride, and ended up loving it. I think she rode five or six times, at least.
The Japanese seem to like pink coasters.
This is one intense shuttle loop.
And you ride pretty high up that spike.
Hmm--the group isn't looking too sure about Hurricane.
Yeah, it's your typical SLC.
It shakes and shimmies . . .
. . . and tries to kill you.
But it is set among some nice trees.
I never realized how close together these sections of SLC track were; then again, you can get really close to the ride at Rusutsu.
This is pretty blurry photo, but it does sum up the SLC experience.
"Why did we do that? Why?"
I'm not sure a "chocolate pennant" is such a good idea. It wouldn't flap in the breeze, and then it would melt all over you during a hot day.
In a moment, you will see that this ride is perfectly named.
You see? I told you. It is, indeed, a "sneaker" that can "go go."
Another aptly named attraction.
It is, indeed, a Jet Coaster in the mountains.
Hmm--maybe I can get out of riding Standing Coaster by using KT's trick.
Nope--I failed, too.
Still, it isn't the worst ride ever.
Hmm--either this guy is skiing or assuming a "crash position."
If it weren't for the lack of wooden coasters, Rusutsu could be the Japanese Knoebels--one very quirky place. But I think some other demons of darkness may have been pulled through the vortex of Ultra Twister. Here is my proof.
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