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World's First Monster Slider Coming to Japan

Theme Parks Sea of Japan Fukui

There’s no better place to escape the stifling humidity of a Japanese summer than at a water-filled fun park. That's why families will be heading to Shibamasa World in Fukui Prefecture, the country’s largest theme park facing the Sea of Japan, to try out a brand new ride the world has never seen before: the Monster Slider.

Combining a variety of slide elements into one exciting experience, the Monster Slider starts with a gentle conveyor belt ramp that takes riders up to the top of the structure in inflatable rafts that seat up to six passengers. Riders will then hurtle through an illuminated seven-color “rainbow zone.”

Then it’s on to the gigantic 30-meter (98-ft) tall funnel, which promises to whirl people around and around before sucking them down into the final finish.

The ride ends with a 3-meter (9.8-ft) fast slide into the pool below.

Open from July 2 to September 25, 2016, the gigantic slide can be enjoyed as many times as you like once you’ve paid Shibamasa World’s ¥3,700 (US$35) entry fee. Alternatively, you can instead pay a reduced entrance fee of ¥1,500 (US$14.34) and then ¥500 (US$4.78) per ride. It’s the best way to stay cool this summer!

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