We all enjoy our visits to a amusement park where even the adults can be kids. There are a few things we may not love. For instance, here in America our chief complaints are pricing, (you actually have to sell one of your children to get in), long lines (flat footing people so you can get there first), and finally my personal favorite, sweating your bollocks off at Busch Gardens in Virginia in the middle of summer. (If you’re looking for me I’m either on or under the splash rides). These and more leave you with funny stories because in the end you still enjoyed yourself. However, if you’re in say…Japan, then you have a lot heavier issues to worry about.
I stumbled recently onto a YouTube video discussing a now defunct amusement park in Japan called Gulliver’s Kingdom. And let me just say, Godzilla would have been doing the wonderful people of Japan a service by accidentally flattening this park on his way to get a coffee.
Every article I found said the same thing. Poor ticket sales caused the park close, but Let me tell you that wasn’t the only problem. I suspect lack of repeat customers may have played a part as well.
Gulliver’s Kingdom, operated from 1997 to 2001, was pleasantly located at the bottom of Mount Fuji. It is between, (you better take a deep breath for this one) Aokigahara “suicide” Forest and (because that obviously wasn’t enough prime real estate) the Doomsday Cult headquarters. The ones that are responsible for the Sarin gas attacks on Tokyo in 1995. And let me remind everyone that the park opened two years after those attacks, so they knew who and what their neighbors were.
I mean at this point they should have called it Final Destination Park because they believe some of the people on their way to commit suicide in the forest would stop there first. I mean…what? They couldn’t have found a better, more lively park theme than after Johnathan Swift’s story?
It’s currently on the creepiest amusement parks list. But It should be number one. When it first closed in 2001 it became a playground for urban explorers. (I know I would go). But think about it, really think about it, there would be security walking around making sure all is good in the park and then next door there are people who go through the forest bringing out the bodies of those that ended their time on this earth in the forest. No one and nothing should be celebrating and having fun next to that forest. Japan should use all their time and money to help those that feel they have no choices left to them but to walk into the forest.
In 2007 thankfully they finally tore down the park, but it makes you think, the person next to you, seemingly happy say…enjoying the rollercoaster, may actually need your help. We know we don’t always see the signs so just be good, kind and considerate of everyone on your journeys everyone…