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Hariyama (針山), called Eye of the Needle in English broadcasts, was the third and final obstacle of Third Stage in SASUKE 1. It consisted of a series of elastic poles (specifically used for pole vaulting), in which the competitors must latch onto the first pole, then cross to the second and so on, until they could use their feet to reach the landing platform. It didn't eliminate anyone and was replaced in the next tournament by Hang Move and Pipe Slider.

Hariyama was notable for being the only obstacle in English broadcasts that didn't have symbol. It was also the first obstacle ever to only appeared on one tournament.

A similar version of the obstacle (called Pole Grasper) would later appear on American Ninja Warrior and several of SASUKE's international formats such as Ninja Warrior UK, Australian Ninja Warrior, SASUKE Vietnam (as a part of Hang Climbing), and SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia, except the poles were not elastic.

Hasegawa Ken attempting Hariyama in SASUKE 1


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
1 4 4 100%
Total 4 4 100%


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