Roller coaster in Japan
Watch the on-ride POV
Do-Dodonpa's vertical loop
Fuji-Q Highland
Location Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Status Standing but not operating
Operated 21 December 2001 to 12 August 2021
Manufacturer S&S Worldwide
Product Thrust Air Coaster
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 8
Propulsion Compressed air launch
Height 49 metres
Top speed 180 km/h
Length 1244 metres
Inversions 1

Do-Dodonpa (Japanese: ドドンパ) was an S&S Worldwide launched roller coaster located at Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. It opened in 2001 and currently has the highest launch acceleration of any coaster in the world, at 32.1 ms−2 (3.27 g). It is also the fastest coaster in the world to feature an inversion, a 49 metres tall vertical loop (formerly a top hat).

The control system was provided by Deterministic Systems, Inc.


Dodonpa was announced in June 2001.[1] Upon opening on 21 December 2001, it was the fastest roller coaster in the world with a top speed of 180 km/h, which was reached in 1.8 seconds.

The roller coaster closed on October 2, 2016 for a major remodel. It reopened on 15 July 2017. This overhaul involved replacing the ride's top hat with a large vertical loop. The refurbishment also saw the ride's speed increased to 180 km/h and the ride's acceleration increased to 32.1 ms−2 (3.27 g). The name was changed from Dodonpa to Do-Dodonpa.

On August 12, 2021, Do-Dodonpa was closed indefinitely for safety investigations following riders suffering fractured bones.[2][3]

On March 13, 2024, Fuji-Q Highland announced that Do-Dodonpa would not be reopening and would be removed.[4][5]


The name "Dodonpa" came from the notes used by taiko drummers. In the queue line, guests could hear these notes. At launch, they hear a voice in Japanese running through a checklist and counting down before the launch. The dialogue occasionally changes, and, to surprise the riders, there is often a "false" countdown and "failed" launch followed by an "accidental" launch.

The ride's name was changed to Do-Dodonpa when it was refurbished in 2017.




4 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 8 riders per train.


Photographs of the roller coaster prior to its refurbishment in 2016.


  1. World's Fastest Roller Coaster Coming To Japan - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  2. "ド・ドドンパの安全総点検の実施による運休について". Fuji-Q Highland. 2021-08-20. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  3. Anders, Caroline (2021-08-25). "The world's fastest-accelerating roller coaster is shut down after riders report fractured bones". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  4. "Fuji-Q Highland to Close Do-Dodonpa, Fastest Roller Coaster in the Industry; Enjoyed by 9.3 Million People Since Opening in 2001".
  5. "ド・ドドンパ 営業終了のお知らせ".

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