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World's Scariest Roller Coasters

Dodonpa, Japan

Where: Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi.

Scary Stat: 0 to 107 mph in 1.8 seconds.

The Dodonpa combines record-breaking speed and psychological torture. When it debuted in 2001, it was the fastest coaster in the world, and it still holds the record for fastest launch acceleration, propelling riders from 0 to 107 mph in 1.8 seconds. If you understand Japanese, be prepared for some mind games. A voice over the loudspeaker counts down to launch; sometimes there is a “failed” launch followed by an “accidental” launch to surprise riders. You’ll catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji in the background—if you can keep your eyes open.


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