SkyCycle, a dizzying ride in Kurashiki, Japan
When you hear the phrase “roller coaster” you immediately think of gigantic structures with a variety of bizarre twists, turns, flips, steep gradients, and speeds, But the ride called “SkyCycle”, which is located in the amusement park “Washuzan Highland” in the town of Kurashiki in Okayama prefecture (Japan) is much scarier than the usual roller coaster, although the speed of the cabins is low and the rails are located in one plane.
So what can be so scary and exciting if the road is flat and the ride is slow, you ask! There are several reasons for that, but first things first. The name “Heavenly Bicycle” already says that the cabins are not driven by the engine as usual, and the passengers themselves. That is, the cabins are similar to ordinary bicycles, but these bicycles are not moving on roads, and ride on rails located at a height of 4-storey building. But this is relative, as the ride is built on hilly terrain and under you there are entire gaps of dozens of meters.
Booths are an open moving structure for two people, although it can be operated by one passenger. Each passenger of the cabin has its own pedals, steering wheel and a storage basket in front. And the most interesting thing about these cabins almost no security features, all that protects you is the seat belt, and that not very reliable.
When riding the SkyCycle you must remember that the speed depends only on yourself and you might also collide with other carts on the track. The fear of having to turn sharp corners on the track is very high and everything below is visible through the frame construction of the cabins which allows even more to tickle the nerves of the passengers.
But no fear prevents many visitors from enjoying the process of contemplating the picturesque scenery of Kurashiki and Washuzan Highland Park, which can be seen from the cabins. From the SkyCycle you can see in all its glory the Seto Bridge (Shimotsui-Seto) (“Bridge over the Great Strait”), an overpass over the Inner Sea of Japan connecting the islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Thus, the SkyCycle attraction allows visitors to combine thrills with a slow and memorable view of the city and its surroundings.
SkyCycle – an unusual attraction at a Japanese amusement park
At the amusement park Washuzan Highland in Japan there is a one-of-a-kind attraction called the SkyCycle. Although it looks just like a normal roller coaster, there are two-seater bicycles with pedals, handlebars, and brakes instead of safe cabins.
The amusement park, originally called Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland, is located near Mount Washuzan. Why the park, located in Japan, was named Brazilian, is probably known only to its organizers.
The unusual SkyCycle ride is a suspended monorail with multiple climbs and curves. From the outside, it looks like a typical roller coaster. To the surprise of visitors, at the landing stage they will not find the usual safe booths, but open two-seater bikes, whose pedals have to be spun on their own.
On the original Japanese attraction SkyCycle you will have to decide how fast you will go, on which sharp turns is necessary to slow down, and where you can add speed. It is interesting that the safety system of the cabins on the ride SkyCycle is a very primitive design in the form of a flimsy strap with which you are invited to buckle to a small iron backrest. Fans of total safety should also consider that there are no safety nets or other barriers along the way that can prevent the accidental fall of a SkyCycle passenger.
The Japanese SkyCycle monorail is a few meters off the ground. Its steep turns and lack of a reliable safety net are sure to catch the attention of thrill-seekers. Fans of the beautiful scenery will love it as well since it’s located on a hilly area that offers some really great views.
Of course the unusual Japanese Sky Cycle in Brazil’s Vashudzan Highlands Park is not for everyone. If you crave thrill, but are afraid of heights, prefer confidence and reliability, then you’d better choose the nearby roller coaster…)
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