Venus GP

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Venus GP
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Himeji Central Park
Location Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan
Status Under construction, expected to open 16 July 2022
Rusutsu Resort
Location Rusutsu, Abuta, Shiribeshi, Hokkaido, Japan
Space World
Location Yahata Higashi, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
Operated 13 February 1996 to 31 December 2017
Manufacturer Maurer Rides, Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1,200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 40 metres
Top speed 86 km/h
Length 1040 metres
Inversions 1
Drop angle 60°
Duration 2:15
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Venus GP (Japanese: ヴィーナスGP) is a steel roller coaster located at Himeji Central Park in Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan. It was one of the first roller coasters built by Maurer Rides, and it was built in conjunction with Anton Schwarzkopf. The control and pneumatic systems were provided by Gerstlauer.


The ride was designed by Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH in conjunction with German steel company BHS. Opened in 1996, it was one of the first roller coasters manufactured by Maurer Rides, who had recently taken over the roller coaster division of BHS.[1] Originally called Venus, the ride was renamed Venus GP in 2007.

The final day of operation was 31 December 2017. On its final day, during the park's firework display, a train loaded with fireworks was dispatched.[2]

The ride was initially shipped to Rusutsu Resort, however, in December 2019, track for the ride was seen at Himeji Central Park.[3] Finally, vertical construction had begun by early 2022.[4] It is expected to reopen on 16 July 2022.[5]



When it first opened, Venus was painted turquoise with white supports. It was later repainted green with blue supports. A full-size model of the Space Shuttle Discovery was situated beside the vertical loop.


12 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 24 riders per train.


External links

  • Venus GP on the Roller Coaster DataBase.