Hi, this is Josh and again, and today I will joyfully show you how to solve Japanese Ring Puzzle properly (which means you don’t have to break it into pieces to get the metal ring from the green bead to the red’s).
This post is originally prohibited by my colleagues; however, a sheer number of pathetic puzzle solvers has moved me. I decide to rescue you all from the mess that I (we) have created in the first place – to sell you the Japanese Ring Puzzle.
Firstly, to make sure we are talking about the same ring puzzle I will show an image below:
The wooden puzzle is sometimes called Loop de Loop, Japanese hard ring puzzle, Japanese ring rope puzzle, Japanese ring puzzle red and green ball (?!), etc. However, I prefer to just call it Japanese Ring Puzzle.
Visually, it consists of a thick wooden base, a cylindrical round stick, a wooden ring attached to the top of the stick, a rope, a metal ring, and 2 beads painted in different colors (usually green and red).
If it lacks of any element, then it’s probably not the wooden puzzle we are trying to solve today.
P.s.: This is our prototype. We are working on the final product and name.
Before getting it solved, we should know about the rule and the expected outcome in advance.
The rule is pretty simple. All you have to do is to (somehow magically) move the metal ring from the green bead to the red’s or vice versa.
You can try to solve it in any possible way you can think of, without breaking the puzzle.
Naturally, we will want to try some obvious things such as:
Unfortunately, the evil inventor already thought of every possible ways to teasing your brain. Those “obvious attempts” will simply NOT work.
However, it’s good to try them out as you will get more familiar with how the wooden puzzle behaves and its restrictions.
If you have seen the viral video of an old Japanese man who spent 10 years to pursue the solution, you can see how the puzzle expert from the Japanese Puzzle Association solves the wooden puzzle.
In case you did not:
To solve Japanese Ring Puzzle, we can summarize in 8-9 solution steps.
Spoiler alert – spoiler alert (think twice before proceeding):
Move the left rope over the top
Then move the ring up the string
And move the ring close to the top
Pull the rope through the wood ring
Move the ring along the rope and through the loops
Put the rope back through the wood ring
Move the right side rope over the top
Move the ring down the rope
The ring is now on the other side! (congratulation)
Furthermore, you can also download our pdf guide to solve Japanese Ring Puzzle with detailed steps along with visual illustrations:
Finally, your nightmare of solving the Hard Ring Puzzle can officially ended here. However, I hope some of you manage to solve it on your own.
If you still don’t have the ring puzzle, go buy it HERE.