Bungy Jumping

There are literally hundreds of things to do in the Japanese outdoors. Riddled with beautiful landscapes, the Land of the Rising Sun has some of nature’s finest to present to its visitors. With its natural wonders and all different kinds of environments, Japan also offers plenty to those seeking adventure and adrenaline rushes. Whether one seeks extreme heights or supreme speeds, they’ll be able to find it in a multitude of forms across the Land of the Rising Sun.

Bungy Jumping is all about adrenaline. For those unaware, bungy jumping consists of tying a very elastic rope around one’s ankles, which is then secured at the top of a elevated platform, from which one then proceeds to leap off of. This is naturally not an activity for the faint-hearted as most jumps exceed several dozen meters in length and induce a high level of adrenaline to the system. Nowadays, Bungy Jumping is a fairly standard mark amongst the extreme sports, with venues hosting such jumps in many countries.

Japan too has become a nation with a scene for the extreme sports, including the bungy kind. There are many places in Japan wherein one can partake in the sport. One company that is responsible for some of the jumps is “Bungy Japan.” They are the self-proclaimed “purveyors of the finest adrenalin” since 2004. They have four sites where one can jump from: Minakami, Sarugakyo, Ryujin and Itski Mura. The Minakami and Sarugakyo venues are dedicated bridges with the sole purpose of being used for jumps. The Minakami Bridge is 42 meters high above a river and the Sarugakyo measures at an impressive 62 meters above ground level. Prices change depending on the venue. For instance, the Minakami jump costs 7,500 yen for the first jump, with each consecutive jump being cheaper. The Sarugakyo one costs 10,000 yen for the first jump and a combo for both bridges is available for 14,000 yen.

Sarugakyo

Preparing a jump

However for those not satisfied with those heights and the thrill they offer, there’s the so called “Sky Tree.” Located in Tokyo, those seeking the ultimate thrill can jump off the Tokyo Sky Tree, measured at a whooping 634 meters high. It’s set to open on May 22 of 2014 and is hailed as the highest bungee jump in the world, where thrill-seekers can leap off a 430 meter platform located at the side of the tower.

YEE!

Mid-jump!

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