Japanese amusement park’s new horror attraction involves handcuffing visitors in the dark
soranews24.com -- Mar 26
Do you dare take the challenge and ride into an endless mineshaft?

No self-respecting theme park can truly be considered complete without an attraction filled with all manner of ghastly and creepy things waiting to spook visitors. Amusement park Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi Prefecture certainly satisfies that requirement, having just installed a new ride called the “Endless Mine”.

The backstory tells of an abandoned mine dug out by greedy robbers who attempted to pilfer untold riches and treasures left behind by the late Japanese feudal lord Takeda Shingen. Unexplained, gruesome deaths suddenly befell them, which led to the facility being sealed up to protect the locals.

Visitors will be sent down a disused shaft in an old minecart in order to discover the truth, with hands lightly bound to presumably simulate a sense of helplessness.

Although the entire ride lasts only five minutes, 3-D surround sound headphones, pitch-black darkness, and over 30 types of contraptions all impart a sense of being carried deep down into the endless depths of a haunted mine.

The cart itself utilizes automated robot technology, scanning reflective tape on the floor using infrared. This relays signals to a computer that accelerates, slows or stops the vehicle without the need for manual input. Staff are also on board in case anything unexpected happens to the riders.

News source: soranews24.com
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