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- 15 Nightmare Inducing Haunted Places In Japan For Daring Trip In 2024
23 Mar 2023
Japan is a weirdly wonderful country, from its unique food to cultural obsession with things like anime, and cosplay. The country is spread over 6,852 islands and each region has its distinctive environment and culture. One thing that unites the Japanese is their love for paranormal activity and the country produces a lot of horror movies, TV series, books, and more. The inspiration for these come from real haunted places in Japan and there are certainly quite a lot of them!
15 Haunted Places In Japan
We have chosen a list of haunted places in Japan that got us spooked and wanting to know more about them. These places are scary and secretive that after knowing about them you would want to take a haunted places tour in Japan .
- Aokigahara Forest – The Suicide Forest
- Inukane Pass Tunnel – The Whispering Tunnel
- Oiran Buchi – The Wailing Women
- Nakagusuku Hotel – The Haunted Ruins
- Camp Hansen – The Lone Soldier
- Okiku’s Well – The Shrieking Banshee
- Round Schoolhouse – A Creepy Building
- Huis Ten Bosch – The House Of Horrors
- SSS Curve – The Martyrs Of The WW
- Labyrinth – The Scary Hospital
- Gridley Tunnel – The Mysterious Samurai Ghost
- Himuro Mansion – The Grisly Murders
- Ikego Middle Gate – The Cursed Concentration Camp
- Weekly Mansion – The Hub Of Paranormal Activities
- Hiroshima – The Spooky Peace Memorial
1. Aokigahara Forest – The Suicide Forest
The thick twisted forest of Aokigahara is eerily silent, and even sunlight finds it hard to weave its way through the canopy. Infamous across the world as ‘suicide forest’ hundreds of people have committed suicide in the forest, so much so that the government has placed information and cards everywhere about suicide prevention. But, this forest has a reputation as among the creepiest haunted places in Japan for a long time. It was used to practice ‘ubatse’ or the practice of leaving old women to die in the forest, and it is said that their yurei (soul) still haunts the woods.
Location: Japan, 〒401-0300 Yamanashi Prefecture
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2. Inukane Pass Tunnel – The Whispering Tunnel
Tunnels can be scary places even without the association of ghosts and ghouls! The dark and dingy structures are perfect for wrongdoings, and that is what happened to a young girl a few decades ago. The girl was murdered and was never laid to rest peacefully, and has been said to haunt the tunnel ever since, making it one of the most haunted places in Japan. A visitor to the tunnel will hear whispering, and gibberish but mostly hear the words ‘Stop’ asking them not to venture further ahead. Those who dare often feel a presence poking, shoving, prodding them and it’s unlikely they will ever cross the length of the tunnel.
Location: Old Chusetsu Tunnel, Japan
3. Oiran Buchi – The Wailing Women
Men have exploited women since the dawn of time, but the story of the prostitutes or the Oiran of Yamanashi still haunts people today. The Oiran Buchi bridge is counted among the scariest places in Japan. The tale goes back to the 16th century when the area had gold mines that were run by the Takeda Clan, who also ran brothels to keep the miners happy. After the Battle of Nagashino, the Takeda clan escaped from the area but not before killing all the prostitutes so they wouldn’t share the information about the mines. The clan members invited the prostitutes on the bridge and slashed the ropes! It is said that the wails and cries of the women can still be heard from the gorge below!
Location: Highway 411, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan Reference
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4. Nakagusuku Hotel – The Haunted Ruins
The decrepit hotel ruins of the Nakagusuku Hotel is among the favorite haunted attractions in Japan. The hotel was proposed as a luxury resort and just a stone’s throw away from the Nakagusuku Castle. The hotel construction was opposed by a monk who said it would disturb the holy site and graves in the area. But, capitalist greed took over, and the owner started building it. After several mishaps and worker’s deaths, the construction was stopped. In a bid to restart it, the owner promised to stay overnight at the hotel to prove it was safe but instead he returned talking crazy in the morning and disappeared off the face of the earth! Even today people can see lights and feel a cold presence in the empty corridors of the hotel.
Location: Near Nakagusuku Palace, Okinawa
5. Camp Hansen – The Lone Soldier
World War II created a lot of destruction in Japan and left behind many dead soldiers. One such place which has witnessed this is the Camp Hansen in Okinawa. The camp is a United States Marine Corps base and supports over 6,000 marines. It is said that a lone soldier appears in blood-stained World War fatigues and asks for cigarettes from those nearby. These sightings have been widely reported, and even courageous marines refused to stand sentry at the gate. This eventually led to the closing of the Gate 3 where the soldier’s ghost is sighted. Because of this, it is counted among the most haunted places in Japan.
Location: Japan, 〒904-1200 Okinawa Prefecture, Kunigami District
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6. Okiku’s Well – The Shrieking Banshee
Within the Himeji Castle is an old well with a very intriguing tale of love and tragedy. It is also one of the most haunted places in Japan as it is where a ghost appears at night and screams! The ghost is the spirit of Okiku a young girl who served the Samurai Aoyama Tessan. Aoyama loved Okiku but his love was not reciprocated, in what can be termed as harassment today, he hid a valuable article and blamed it on Okiku. He offered not to punish her if she became his lover! But Okiku wasn’t going to have any of it, she refused to accept and in a fit of rage Aoyama threw her in the well killing her! This is why she can still be heard wailing in the silence of the night!
Location: 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture 670-0012, Japan
7. Round Schoolhouse – A Creepy Building
Scary apparitions, noisy ghosts, floating lights, irregular shapes, abandoned vehicles, every paranormal activity in the book have been rumored to have happened at the Round Schoolhouse in Hokkaido. The school was built in a distinctive round shape in 1906 and was run like an elementary school. However, it shut down in the 1970s and since then has been abandoned. Soon after, these stories of paranormal sightings started coming in and several paranormal enthusiasts made a beeline to check out the stories. Many of them came back with troubling stories of things they saw and heard and it is said that few of them returned raving mad and talked incoherently. It continues to be a top spot in the list of haunted attractions in Japan.
Location: Higashibibaicho Garonosawa, Bibai, Hokkaido 072-0000, Japan
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8. Huis Ten Bosch – The House Of Horrors
The Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park that is a tribute to the Japanese-Dutch relations. While the theme park is a beautiful place with tulip fields and happy attractions, it is also home to one of the most haunted places in Sasebo Japan. A popular haunted house attraction, it uses technology to enhance the horror experience for its guests. It uses virtual reality to make things come alive and make you run with fear! It has several themes like the ‘Abandoned Hospital,’ ‘Mansion of Japanese Ghost Stories,’ ‘Digital Horror House’ and ‘Prison Ward.’ Keep your wits about you at this crazy haunted house!
Location: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture 859-3292, Japan
9. SSS Curve – The Martyrs Of The WW
In case the haunted places in Sasebo Japan don’t scare you enough then head to the SSS Curve in Okinawa. Okinawa suffered extensive carnage due to the World War and led to the deaths of many Japanese Soldiers. It is said that these soldiers come back to haunt this part of the road and visitors often feel a surge of nausea, dizziness, and the feeling of someone’s hand on their body. Several Japanese paranormal TV hosts have visited the place to record this phenomenon. It’s all sorts of spooky you don’t want to feel on the road!
Location: SSS Curve, Okinawa
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10. Labyrinth – The Scary Hospital
If you are looking for haunted house attractions in Japan but want something more exciting than the Huis Ten Bosch, then head to Fuji Q Highland theme park. The haunted house at the theme park is one of the best in the country and will truly leave you shaken. The house is based on a hospital theme and is inspired by a real hospital at the base of Mt. Fuji where a hospital harvested body organs from unwitting patients. It is said that these patients come back to haunt the doctors, and that is the premise of the Labyrinth. It’s 900 meters of pure gore, horror, and tricks that will leave you wondering if it’s just an attraction or if the house is really haunted?
Location: 5 Chome-6-1 Shin Nishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture 403-0017, Japan
11. Gridley Tunnel – The Mysterious Samurai Ghost
Gridley Tunnel is a single-lane tunnel which is situated on Yokosuka Naval Base. It is believed that years ago, a samurai was going through this tunnel to avenge the death of his lord. But on the way, his enemies caught him and murdered him in this tunnel. Since the samurai failed to complete his mission, it is said that he has not left the place. His ghost is still seen on rainy nights at around 1 am in the morning. If you ever come across this tunnel, would you dare to go near it?
Location: Tomaricho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 238-0001, Japan
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12. Himuro Mansion – The Grisly Murders
Just located outside of Tokyo, Himuro Mansion is believed to be one of the eeriest places in Japan. This mansion has witnessed some of the bizarre activities like occultist practices and gruesome murders. According to the local lore, the family in this mansion practiced the strangling ritual (Shinto) to seal off bad karma on Earth every fifty years. But the ritual got tainted as a lover once saved his maiden from being sacrificed. After this, the master killed everyone in the family and then took his own life. The ghost of the family members still lingers in the mansion and tries to attract people so as to complete the tainted ritual.
Location: Himuro Mansion, Near Tokyo, Japan
13. Ikego Middle Gate – The Cursed Concentration Camp
During World War II, the US navy Ikego Housing Detachment was a concentration camp where thousands of Korean and Chinese prisoners died due to forced labor. There are three gates that separate the place from Japanese – main, middle and back gates. Guards on their duty on the middle gate have often heard footsteps, voices and visions fo Japanese soldiers with no legs. The frightening sight has sent a chill through the spines of guards.
Location: Ikego Housing Detachment, Zushi, Yokohama, Japan
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14. Weekly Mansion – The Hub Of Paranormal Activities
Image Source Despite being a luxury hotel, Weekly Mansion in Akasaka is one of the horrifying places to spend your night in. Building no. 1 in the hotel premises has witnessed several paranormal activities like white mists from vents, being pushed on the bed while asleep and electrical appliances turning on by themselves. A woman claimed that she was even dragged on the floor of the room and her back indeed had scratch marks as she told. Well, Japan has other beautiful places to stay at. So, better look for other places.
Location: Weekly Mansion, Akasaka, Japan
15. Hiroshima – Haunted Peace Memorial
No one has ever forgotten the Hiroshima-Nagasaki incident in which the atomic bomb ‘Little Boy’ destroyed the lives of around 140,000 people. The attack took place at the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall which is now changed to Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The place has been claimed to be haunted as the people nearby have heard uncanny voices near the dome. Not only this, but there have been numerous incidents of electronic voice phenomena where you can hear the atomic bomb exploding itself. Isn’t a hair-raising incident?
Location: 1-10 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, 730-0051, Japan Timings: Varies from 8:30 to 19:00.
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Can you already hear the creepy whispers? Visit these haunted places in Japan on your next trip to experience these mysterious happenings and check if they are really haunted! Don’t forget to take a friend along, because you don’t want to be caught alone with ghouls. So, plan your holiday to Japan soon with TravelTriangle.
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Chow Shock Labyrinth ~ Jikyu General Hospital ~
The longest & most feared Horror attraction house in history!
4000 yen, 8000 yen
About 50 minutes
Elementary school students- * Elementary school students must be accompanied by an attendant of junior high school students or older
- Available for Priority Ticket
- Available in rainy weather
A haunted house where you can walk over 900m in total length Walk-through Attraction /darkness
- Elementary school students must be accompanied by an attendant of junior high school age or older.
- Preschool children, pregnant women, people at risk of fragility fractures such as low bone mass or osteoporosis, and people with cerebrovascular or cranial nervous system abnormalities cannot use this service.
- There are steps and stairs within the building. Please be careful where you step.
- You cannot use 1-day pass alone. A separate timed ticket is required.
- Please purchase a timed ticket at the ticket vending machine in front of the Labyrinth of Horror.
- Customers with 1-day pass: 4,000 yen/1 group (4 people)
- Customers who do not have 1-day pass: 8,000 yen/1 group (up to 4 people)
- Up to 4 people per group
■ Building: 2 stories (some middle floor) ■ walking distance: about 900m Horror attraction Attraction that has evolved many times and has given fear. The world's most terrifying haunted house, which celebrates its 19th year since the 2003 "Chow Shock Labyrinth", will restart with a "return to origin". The walking distance is about 900m, which is the largest ever. The route has been completely changed, and new terrifying rooms such as the "decayed morgue" and "bloody medical linen room" have appeared. Please take on the challenge of the world's scariest test of courage, set in the "closed Jikyu General Hospital at the foot of Mt. Fuji". The total length of the course is 900m. It takes 50 minutes. Please challenge the world's longest and most fearful haunted house. People who retire from the frightening side of their fears are continuing! In the middle of the street, not only visual but also a lot of gifts to stimulate the five senses. I am waiting for you wanting to be a trauma.
Fear experience with five senses
There are plenty of ways to stimulate hearing and tactile sensation, as well as numerous dead bodies that shake the viewer. The moaning coming from nowhere, the smell of disinfectant remaining in the hospital. On the way, a lot of fears come closer to the senses.
A story of a silly tear!
The stage is a waste hospital where there was a "detention ward" that kept confusing human subjects and confined the patient. In the past hospital it was said that there were a lot of patients who became prey by repeated hunting human experiments. What kind of path did the patients follow? The "darkness" hidden in the huge hospital became apparent ... ....
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- The best in the world! Fuji-Q Highland in Japan: haunted hospital, access and ticket information
Japan's Fuji-Q Highland is a famous amusement park with exciting roller coasters certified by the most frightening haunted hospital in Japan and Guinness. You can see the beautiful Mt. Fuji while riding those attractions as its place is near to Mt. Fuji.
- About Fuji-Q Highland
Fuji-Q Highland has about 40 types of attractions. Since admission became free from 2018, you can choose to ride only those attractions that interest you and enjoy food and shopping there.
- Fuji-Q Highland tickets and opening hours
Tickets for Fuji-Q Highland : 5,700 yen for a one-day ride pass：3,600 yen an afternoon pass (available in the afternoon). You can also choose to pay for each attraction instead, but if you ride a lot you better get a pass.
In addition, opening hours are basically from 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and 9:00 to 18:00 on weekends and public holidays. However, opening hours may vary depending on seasons. Please check on the official website in advance.
- Fuji-Q Highland attractions
You can discover crowded No. 1-class attractions in Fuji-Q Highland such as the No. 1 roller coaster in the world, Japan's biggest aerial swing, the world's longest house of horror, etc. Especially for those who like to scream on amusement rides, it is a wonderful location. On the other hand, there are attractions that can be enjoyed by family with children, such as Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and aerial swing.
4 Roller Coasters in Fuji-Q Highland
"DODODONPA" reaches 180 km/h in 1.56 seconds from start. Passengers can experience the world's highest accelerating power. "Takabisha" boasts the world's maximum falling angle of 121 degrees with terrifying sense of falling from the top to space in front of you. "Eejanaika" is characterized by anomalous movement that moves with the seat rotating back and forth. "FUJIYAMA" is a 2km-length "King of coaster" on which you will have a strong sense of fear and exhilaration. If you want thrills, you should try all four.
Fuji-Q Highland haunted hospital
The "Super Scary Fear Labyrinth~accommodating ward tale~" is an attraction of horror from which you keep seeing individuals retire halfway. The theme is an abolished ward that conducted malicious human experiments. There are a number of tricks that stimulate your five senses with each fright, creating an unprecedented fearing experience.
- Access from Tokyo to Fuji-Q Highland
If you head from Tokyo to Fuji-Q Highland, you should go to Shinjuku Station first. It takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal by bus. If you go by train from Shinjuku Station, please change train at Otsuki Station and it takes about 2 hours to reach Fuji-Q Highland Station.
- Spot name: Fuji-Q Highland
- Street address: 5-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi
- Access: About 1 hour 40 minutes by expressway bus from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
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The Scariest Haunted House ever?
Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Fan of Horror? Haunted Houses? Putting yourself in seemingly dangerous and spooky situations? Tired of those "so-called" Scary haunted house rides? If you answered yes to any of these questions (I don't know why you would), then the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear at Fuji-Q Highland is perfect for you. Despite the overly cheesy name, this labyrinth is the real deal in the terms of scary-enough-to-make-you-wet-yourself. It's pretty impressive actually.
The Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear is a hospital-themed haunted house with a wonderfully creepy backstory. Legend states the hospital was once a thriving medical center with top doctors, facilities, and a terrific reputation. Then one day, the Chief of Medicine and staff began taking organs from patients going in for surgery. The organs were preserved with chemicals and placed in jars, then sold while the bodies were disposed in large, wooden crates. The deceased weren't too happy about this and came back to eliminate the doctors. Pretty soon, the hospital was abandoned.
Just How Creepy is this Place?
The Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear is a full on maze filled with realistic props and blood splattered walls. It takes almost an hour to complete and is filled with various corridors, zombies, and other fear-provoking features. With various rooms to scare the day-lights out of you, including The Room of No Escape, the Quarantine Ward, The CT Scan Room, The Diagnostic Exam Room, and the Third Surgery room to name a few, this two story haunted-hospital will leave you with some disturbingly vivid nightmares. Don't worry though, if it's too scary, there are retire doors you can step through to escape the labyrinth early.
Check out Fuji-Q's website for photos of the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear at fujiq.jp/en/attraction/senritsu.html
So, you ready to see the doctor?
Little Abandoned Japanese Clinics
I am a great fun of abandoned hospitals, they are my favorite type of haikyo. Not those empty concrete buildings, but the small wooden clinics rotting away quietly in the countryside without anyone noticing.
Totoro Times regulars know I am a great fun of abandoned hospitals, they are my favorite type of haikyo. Not those empty concrete buildings in Europe, but the small wooden clinics rotting away quietly in the countryside without anyone noticing.
My first article “ Abandoned Hospital of Japan ” is now a year and a half old and it is time to refresh this topic. So follow me, let’s go for a little stroll with the new discovery of haikyo clinics!
The Doctor’s Shack (S診療所)
After the renowned Nichitsu Clinic is the “Doctor’s shack”. I must say, the location is lovely: it is near Nagoya between a very old temple and a beautiful river with bluish reflections. A dream place for a love a day in the sun, feet in the water, and the cicadas – “semi” in Japanese – singing in the background …
We are inside the old clinic. The wood cracks and the old shack gives the impression of being completely forgotten here. We know very well that this is a haikyo celebrity, yet it seems to have no pride. It rots easily and gently on a silent shore where no body is.
We are now at the reception and in front of a small window (through which the pharmacist was passing drugs) we see already the focal point of the old clinic. This is actually a kind of old apothecary – an old time pharmacist – which reminded me of the pre-war period described in Ghibli. The good old days in Japan.
Now, in this room, you have to imagine a doctor with glasses walking round, without a smile. He loves pulling out organs from patients in the sickle for analysis. Then in the evening, illuminated by the moon and a small oil lamp on his desk, he concocts his own medicine. There are moments of calm and absolute concentration for specialist botanical materials. These products are not always exactly intended to cure the patient straight away, but rather to experiment and observe the effect.
Raw products he uses for his creations are now mostly regarded as poisons or drugs and they are still there, accessible to anyone, or any curious animal (you’ll see one later). And surely some old bacteria is still hidden in some corner of this room! As a matter of fact, this place is kept in pretty good shape, which is a tremendous good point of Japan’s urban exploration.
Our visit is peaceful, a quiet exploration, merely the discovery of a cabin abandoned on a slope. The only vision a bit disturbing is of this doll… but time has made this place more beautiful and romantic than it was before, that’s for sure.
The only inhabitants of this clinic is now unfortunately a tribe of bloodthirsty mosquitoes that we were half running away from! Surely the spirit of the old doctor lives in them. Brrr. Wonderful place but not so empty it seems!
After going through everything here, we needed something a little spicy. And that’s good because my Japanese friends have discovered a new abandoned clinical! They could not visit it due to the “lack of time” but I am very interested in going and checking it out for them. It is such a strong summoning and I simply cannot ignore it.
The Clinic of the Brave
During a weekend in the mountains with friends, I decided to make a detour and step instead the clinic above described by my Japanese friends. The clinic is beautiful, with soft contrasts between its old wooden planks and the lively trees around. We walked around… but everything is closed. We then decided to knock on the neighbor’s door: perhaps the owner still lives in the village, or perhaps the neighbor even have the key? We definitely would not mind a visit with permission sometimes either 😉
A Japanese in doctor’s lab coat appeared: this is another clinic! It is strange that I do not remember seeing any signs… Anyhow, the doctor explained that the owner of the abandoned clinic has been dead for twenty years and his son now lives in Tokyo. Not understanding much Japanese, I casually walked away while the old doctor speaks and started discreetly to manipulates an old window… it opens slowly, letting out a thick cloud of dust. Presently the Japanese doctor stopped talking, looking very worried and slightly annoyed at me, and asked me to close it immediately. I tried to take a picture quickly but it made him frown, looking rather frightened and very annoyed. I have a feeling that something weird must have happened in the hospital! In any case, the abandoned clinic is closed for today.
I made up my mind at that moment to come back the following weekend at 4am. Long before the sun rises and especially… before our new Japanese friend gets up!
The following weekend, at night, we approached the old house which now looks like an old haunted shack. We carefully avoids the cobwebs: they are argiopes hornets, their yellow bodies all swollen do not attract me much. And finally, we are outside the very same window, in front of an old hospital that nobody has ever visited. Behind me is the neighbor doctor’s window, I feel like I can even see his bedroom, toilette and office through it. Scary! It is important not to make any sound…
I opened the window gently. Our masks are of little use against such heavy dust, but at least we were not coughing. We quickly climbed inside, the floor squeaks on our weight. That’s it! We are inside! It is pitch black, there is dust everywhere, but we are super excited to discover a new place.
The home-clinic is actually quite normal: a bedroom, a Japanese kitchen, typical doctor’s room and the pharmacy. The drugs inside are also much more recent than the Doctor’s Shack, this time there is no apothecary. And everything is too new to find the “Holy Grail” of the Japanese abandoned hospital: the organs of the long dead patients in formaldehyde! It was my gloomy wish 😉
There is one curiosity of the house: a rope hanging from the ceiling in the bedroom… I have a photo of it from which you can see the rope is actually right next to the photo of the doctor himself. But I do not dare to publish it… did the doctor ended his days there?
Another odd thing is that the doctor’s room is covered with fabric strips in all directions. What happened here? I have no idea unfortunately. I hope someone can explain it to me one day.
Now the second floor awaits us, the staircase plunged into darkness. Who will be the first to go up? Rock-paper-scissors, I lose, I’m first then!
It turns out that the second floor has better lighting than the ground floor actually, nothing scary or interesting at all! Except from an old radio and some other trifles. The doctor’s son probably lived in this part of the house, and he packed everything away. And… this is all for the history of this clinic. Nothing real too extraordinary, but an unforgettable experience. A good adrenaline shot this haikyo is. As regarding to its mysteries, they will stay with her ghost…
The Sergeant’s Clinic (S医院)
The location of this clinic is incredible: it is in the middle of a quiet residential area full of people. There is also a temple and a few companies around.
Yet this old clinic is there, doors opening, inviting passersby to come in for a cup of tea. Strangely though, the locals do not pay any attention to it. The secret of its exact position is not too badly guarded neither.
We went in quietly, our tourists looking faces is an excellent excuse even if we get caught on the spot.
The heavy atmosphere of this abandoned hospital surrounds us from the very first step . A mixture of the heat, the buzz of mosquitoes and the smell of rotten stuff. This place – unlike the others – is not romantic, is not a challenge, and much less a mystery. Yet, it has a little bit of everything, in its own way.
The character of this place is dark, obscene and dirty. It is also a mess, slightly vandalized. This place must have been full of stories and I think the locals are keeping the stories to themselves only in the fear of getting bad luck.
The structure is horribly ugly: it is a kind of Japanese house which has been extended with a large concrete block. This part is where the doctor’s room is.
But the curious spot of this hospital is actually upstairs. To go up the stairs/ladder barely holding up is definitely not recommended, but the effort was worth it: the second floor is full of juicy little discoveries!
Carefully labeled, each bottle contains some organs. Together they seem to be all similar. But whose or what organs are those? I have no idea. It’s just written “ホルマリン”, formaldehyde in Japanese (formalin). On the right, it is indicated whether the owner was male or female, that’s all. It seems rather too tiny to be human organs…
After observing the details of each organ, someone is getting quite hungry I can tell. But hang on a little longer! There are 2 more spots on our route. Let’s go a bit more into the countryside this time.
The Small Pox Isolation Ward (東伊豆町隔離病舎)
We are now on Izu Peninsula, lost between two mountains in a lush forest. The atmosphere is “LOST”, you feel lost on an island that is itself in the middle of nowhere … and it is here where we found this implausible ruin. Especially when you know its function: it is an isolation center for smallpox, a sanatorium which has only the function to remove the sick from the rest of the population, and let them die alone quietly.
We walk in the fresh leaves. The light is magical but the idea that the virus could still be here is much less alluring! Who knows, we could even bring it back to Tokyo?!? Let’s calm down and clear the myth: the smallpox virus found in the nature would not be able to contaminate you at all. The virus can only live on warm body. We would get a runny nose from the coldness surely, but that’s about it 😉
You are now inside the bowels of a wooden beast to discover its rooms. There are only beds of straw, wobbly windows (still there), sinks and some small trinkets.
Unlike other hospitals, there is nothing hidden or shocking about this place. But is it not very haunted by the dead people’s spirits? They should be running around us right now, it’s a shame that I can not see them! But wait, I have a friend who actually can see them… here is my interview with her : The Japanese Girl Who Sees Ghosts.
A beautiful day in a small corner of paradise with melancholic haikyo. Some people must have died happily here, we will leave with a smile.
The White Clinic (I病院)
Just recently, the haikyo world was shaken by a batch of freshly discovered abandoned clinical secret. I will need a third article on this subject soon 🙂 Now, I will keep the gloomy ones for later, and finish this article with a clinic of a very pleasant atmosphere: The White Clinic.
Why white? Simply because it was all white in the past. You can still see traces of white paint on the wooden boards. As a haikyo tradition, you will find the good old “No Entry” on its carcass, but you can also find a second message here: “Building in danger of collapse”. Of course, this is the case with most haikyo… but this is the first time I saw it written clearly like that.
Reporting from the inside now. We see the waiting room right in front of you when you go in. It is decorated with beautiful paintings, photos, and of course the unforgettable certificates and awards of the doctor is displayed on the walls. The calendar is from 1992, but it is possible that the hospital was abandoned before that. For once, there is no pharmacy in this clinic. This doctor must have sent clients to the pharmacies near by taking a small percentage, as it is done now (in Japan anyways).
The interest of this hospital is all the artifacts it contains. No small potions this time, but a lot of tools, medicine, stethoscope, microscope, hundreds of syringes, doctor’s bag full of old currency notes (and even international), blood samples (still stuck in their microscope slides)… there’s plenty to discover for a newbie doctor!
The hospital is indeed properly damaged and not far from collapsing: the stairs leading to the second floor is completely destroyed and it seems it will take the entire building down all the way to hell. My brave Japanese friends, however, went up without even looking back. So I joined them carefully. The floor is really not solid anymore, but we are extremely careful… in every step…
The last finding in this haikyo is this fierce animal which seems to be a rather mixed bastard. A fox? A dog? A work of Dr. Frankein-san? Or do you know something about it? He seems as curious as us this little thing.
The sun is setting and it oozes silently the old hospital. The doll did not pay any attention to us and so much the better: we have other haikyo waiting, it is not a good time to get snagged by an evil spirit!
So, did you like these four Japanese abandoned hospitals? Together with the 3 hospitals from the previous article , you might be able to find one that is your favorite! If this is the case please let us know in the comment section below! An upcoming article on the subject will once again bring up the same subject, but of hospitals much, much darker… be prepared!
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Ultimate Guide to Visiting a Haunted House in Japan
By Kristine | January 12, 2021
Haunted houses. Vengeful ghosts. Killer clowns. Murderous dolls. Not scared yet? You could be watching these kinds of movies and go all the way to the theatre on premiere night for that heart-racing experience in third-person point-of-view or you could get yourself a haunted house ticket for that actual horror experience in first-person point-of-view. Take your pick.
Visiting a haunted house in Japan is a popular recreational activity, especially in summer. Since it is believed that yurei or spirits can cross over to the living world during these hottest months, Obon season has lived up to not only honor the spirits but also freak out the living through haunted house attractions. From July to August, it’s definitely spooky season.
Whether you want to release that summer heat frustration over a good haunted house scare or you’re simply a thrill-seeker that loves anything horror, this guide has all the information you need to keep you on your toes.
This article is part of our extensive series on Learning About Japan.
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What is an Obakeyashiki?
Obakeyashiki ( お化け屋敷 ) or haunted house is a form of entertainment in Japan, where it stimulates real horror by having horrifying sets and characters. So it’s basically a horror movie but with you experiencing it. Each haunted house varies with its level of horror, and haunted houses with escape rooms have become increasingly popular. In fact, haunted house creators have been so creative that there was a drive-in haunted house and a mobile haunted house that will come to you!
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For first-timers: Is a haunted house in Japan as scary as an American one?
Japanese horror vs american horror: what to expect.
In order to make the connection between how Japanese haunted houses differ from American ones, it’s important to understand the difference in how horror is perceived between these two cultures first.
Although jumpscares are essentially common in many horror films across varying cultures, American horror particularly relies on it a lot. This is not to say that jump scares don’t give a good scare because we have all seen the demon in the closet scene from The Conjuring and that probably had many of us scarred for a good few minutes after the show or even more. And think of the tall man from IT or Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II . Nevertheless, American horror focuses more on jump scares and gore with plots revolving around psycho murderers, exorcisms, and clowns. Because of this, American haunted houses can be expected to be crawling with zombies, murderous clowns, serial killers, and many gory characters and elements.
On the other hand, Japanese horror focuses more on ghosts with storylines that go back to old Japanese folktales. It does have a good chunk of jump scares but it’s mainly the eerie atmosphere and the suspense that, for some reason, trick viewers to scare themselves. This is definitely reflected in how Japanese haunted houses were created. From mission-based escape rooms with visitors having an お守り (omamori) or amulet to vanquish all evil to having shoes taken off, Japanese haunted houses do not kid around with horror.
Having said all of these, it would be unfair to say which one is scarier because they both focus on different elements in horror. In the end, it will depend entirely on the person —including fears and beliefs— to determine which one can nail that horror factor. Either way, it’s worth it to try and experience Japanese haunted houses. You can decide then whether it’s your cup of tea or not.
A Mini Ultimate Guide to Japanese Ghosts & Ghouls
These are a few of the many Japanese ghosts that are usually used as references for the characters when visiting Japanese haunted houses.
This is the most frightening type of yurei or ghosts. These are the vengeful ghosts or spirits with grudges, who died with feelings of jealousy, hatred, and other negative feelings that made it impossible for them to pass on to the next life. Usually, these are people who were either murdered, betrayed, or even committed suicide. Because of this, they are powerful and made it their mission to seek vengeance. It is said that despite their powerful nature, Onryo prefers the person they haunt to suffer by having them watch their loved ones die in front of them. What’s more frightening is that even after these spirits are exorcised, their curses will remain a long time on the person or the place.
This is a specific type of yurei or ghost. These are the spirits of warriors and nobility that have died horribly. They come back in their soldier forms and haunt those people who have wronged them. In worst cases, they will inflict calamity and curses on the family or those close to them. It is said that the only way for them to become peaceful spirits requires the aid of priests that will vanquish the evilness inside.
Literally means ‘dead ghost,’ with shi ( 死 ) meaning death. What separates them from other spirits is that they are malevolent beings. They are spirits that say goodbyes to their loved ones after their deaths but sometimes, take a selfish turn and attempt to take their loved ones with them.
Things You Need To Know Before Visiting a Haunted House
It’s not for the faint of heart.
Haunted houses aren’t filled with rainbows or candies. Depending on the theme, people can expect variety but it’s always going to be horror-related. Skeletons and a dark hallway. Flickering lights and a Sadako -like character. It’s not designed to make people go ‘ aww’ nor is it to make them laugh happily. There are those who come out of a haunted house having a good laugh about it and there are those that come out completely freaked out. Either way, visiting haunted houses is for those that know they can handle it or at least have someone they know that can handle the horror. It’s especially best if people with heart-related diseases avoid it altogether.
Imagine having a half-dead person chasing you in darkness and you’re wearing heels. At this point, it’s not even a chase anymore. The half-dead person might have to wait for you to catch up. Dressing comfortably is important for many reasons. As mentioned, it could save you in escape-type haunted houses. So wearing comfy shoes is the way to go! Wearing short dresses or short skirts might not be the best in case there are objects that might have them ripped as you run. This doesn’t mean the only options are sweatpants and t-shirts but just remember to avoid tight clothing!
It’s also possible to be targeted by some horror crew, and what better way to stand out than to wear bright or neon colors? So try to avoid bright colors such as mustard yellow or neon pink. If you want to blend in and stay hidden, wear muted colors such as black, navy blue, or dark green. And an additional tip for the women: don’t wear giant hoop earrings unless you want them yanked.
Don’t come alone
For those thrillseekers that feel very confident in going alone, you can go ahead and visit them solo. But for the rest, it’s best to have a friend or two when visiting these haunted houses. In fact, it’s not unusual for people to go in medium-sized to large groups when visiting. Other than the fact that there’s a sense of reassurance with large numbers, it’s more fun to go with friends! In escape rooms, it’s even strategic to go in pairs as it gives the role of one person to figure out the clue and the other to watch their backs. With that said, some haunted house attractions do not allow solo thrillseekers such as the Shivering Labyrinth in Fuji Q so better check their websites for their rules.
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Top 8 Scariest Haunted House Attractions
Family-friendly, tokyo disneyland haunted mansion.
This is a haunted house ride in Disneyland for the whole family to enjoy. The creepy gothic mansion is home to 999 ghosts and ghouls alike. Visitors can expect glowing scary characters and eerie music as background. The ride might have those abrupt breaks so better hold on tight!
Duration: 15 minutes Hours: 9:00 AM - 21:00 PM Fee: Included in Disneyland ticket (see website ) English Available: Yes Nearest Train Station: Maihama Station
Daiba Ghost School
This is a small haunted house attraction located on the 4th floor of DECKS Tokyo Beach in Odaiba. Visitors are tasked to save the souls of students and a teacher who committed suicide. With creepy mannequins and chilling corridors, it’s best for families to enjoy. And its storyline is available entirely in English so expect to enjoy the attraction to the fullest. This abandoned school-themed haunted house might not seem to take very long, but a few minutes is enough for a good scare.
Duration: 5-10 minutes Hours: 11:00 AM- 19:00 PM Fee: ¥800 English Available: Yes Nearest Train Station: Kaihinkoen Station
Haunted House in Toei Kyoto Studio Park
This is an unguided walking horror experience in a theme park in Kyoto, where people have to pass through one room at a time. Since this haunted house attraction looks like an old samurai house, expect vengeful samurai spirits and zombies inside. Although this was recently renovated to become scarier, children starting from the age of 3 years old can already enter, given that they will be accompanied by a guardian. Moreover, guidelines explicitly tell visitors to not take photos inside and to not kick actors.
Duration: Undetermined Hours: 10:00 AM- 17:00 PM Fee: Adults ¥500 Children ¥400 English Available: Yes Nearest Train Station: Uzumaza Koryuji
Shivering labyrinth in fuji q.
This is one of the biggest and scariest haunted houses in the world. Located in Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, this haunted house attraction has a hospital-themed setting and is 900 meters long. With new horrifying rooms, this might just send a few visitors running towards pink doors labeled, “retire.” These pink doors spread across the maze are emergency exits that allow visitors to escape if they wouldn’t be able to complete it or if they got too scared.
The Shivering Labyrinth was actually inspired by a story about the closed Jikyu General Hospital at the foot of Mt. Fuji. It was said that the head of staff started harvesting organs from surgical patients and placed them into jars. These were sold and the bodies were stored in wooden crates. Whether this urban legend is true or not, visitors will encounter the vengeful spirits of those patients and might second-guess themselves in everything they will encounter inside.
Duration: 50 minutes Hours: 10:00 AM- 17:00 PM Fee: ¥1000/ person (See Fuji-Q Highland tickets for day passes) English Available: Yes Nearest Train Station: Fujikyu Highland
Obaken Haunted House
This is an escape-room-type of haunted house in Tokyo with four chapters to play. Visitors have to solve mysteries hidden inside the house to escape. Although there are four chapters, they can’t be chosen freely without clearing everything. Visitors need to complete Chapters 1-3 in order to proceed to Chapter 4. Since each chapter becomes progressively scary, there are age restrictions from Chapter 3 with only visitors aged 15 years old and above that can enter. An important note to remember is that the staff will meet visitors in the station to guide them to the haunted house. Hence, Japanese will be used. Unless visitors are confident with their language ability, it’s best to have a Japanese friend or someone that can speak fluently.
Duration: 60 minutes Hours: 13:00 - 21:00 PM Fee: ¥2600 (advance reservation) ¥3000 (walk-in if slot is available) English Available: No Nearest Train Station: Honancho Station
Murder Lodge in Joypolis
This is a haunted house attraction located on the 3rd floor of Odaiba’s Joypolis Amusement Park. What makes this particularly scary is the use of a VR headset device for visitors to immerse in the horror. For the first few minutes, the staff will guide visitors into a dimly-lit room and have them hear the story. Unfortunately, the story will be all in Japanese but if you still insist on visiting this one, you might get the gist of the entire story considering the special effects and the darkness engulfing everyone’s sights.
Unlike the usual Japanese horror focused on old folktales, this haunted house attraction’s story focused on survival in a lodge. It almost seemed American-style because the story started with a group of people hiking. Then, a suspicious old man guided them towards his lodge. Who knows what will happen inside?
For this attraction, children under 7 years old are not allowed. Moreover, 7- 11 years old will be accompanied by an adult. Despite children being allowed in this attraction, it’s not recommended for families.
Duration: Undetermined Hours: 11:00 AM- 19:00 PM Fee: ¥600 English Available: No Nearest Train Station: Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station
Onryou Zashiki in Tokyo Dome
This is a Japanese-themed haunted house attraction in Tokyo Dome. Gomi Hirofumi, the most famous haunted house producer in Japan, created this attraction which will surely send shivers down your spine! The creator’s unique way of having a storyline that visitors can play along with has made many of his creations successful in delivering a good scare. In fact, this haunted house attraction makes visitors take off their shoes for a heightened horror experience. The mission will revolve around a woman named “Youko” for visitors to escape from the house. For this attraction, children above 6 years old can enter but be accompanied by an adult.
Duration: Undetermined Hours: 10:00 AM- 21:00 PM Fee: ¥850 English Available: Yes Nearest Train Station: Korakuen Station
This is Japan’s first haunted house that will come to you! Due to COVID-19, this haunted house concept was introduced as a way to not only scare the living daylights out of people but also to prevent the spread of COVID-19! This ambulance-type haunted house will have visitors boarding the ambulance and experience horrors only those inside can vividly describe. Since this will be delivered to visitors’ homes, advanced reservation is needed. Also, this is only applicable to the 23 wards of Tokyo but other areas can be consulted (see website). Currently, this haunted house is being renewed so stay tuned for a heightened horror experience in the upcoming weeks.
Duration: 15 minutes Hours: *consult in the website 's inquiry form Fee: ¥12,000/ group up to 6 people English Available: to be determined*
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Handy Japanese Vocabulary: Haunted House Edition
Choosing a haunted house:.
In case visitors want a haunted house experience targeted at a specific horror character, remember these words to see if the haunted house plot or theme will revolve around the specific character visitors might want to see or avoid.
おばけ or obake — ghost. ゾンビ — zombie 幽霊 ( ゆうれい ) or yurei — spirit. 人形 ( にんぎょう ) or ningyou — doll.
Visiting a Haunted House:
Entrance・exit ( 入り口・出口 ).
入り口 or いりぐち (iriguchi) means entrance while 出口 or でぐち (deguchi) means exit. In case you can’t seem to find the exit and want to ask the staff, you can use this phrase to ask:
怖すぎだし、出たい。出口はどこですか kowasugi da shi, detai. deguchi ha doko desuka It’s too scary. I want to leave. Where is the exit?
You can expect the staff to say these in return:
そこのドーアです。 soko no doa desu That door over there.
まっすぐ行ってそして、左・右に曲がります masugu itte soshite, hidari/ migi ni magarimasu Go straight ahead. Then, make a left/right.
Take note: まっすく (masugu) means straight, 左 (hidari) means left and 右 (migi) means right.
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Where is the toilet? (トイレはどこですか)
This is in case you might have to go to the toilet (hopefully not while a half-dead person is chasing you).
トイレはどこですか toire wa doko desu ka Where is the toilet?
The staff will probably respond through hand gestures so you don’t have to worry but a few words to remember would be:
そこのドーア soko no doa That door
外で soto de Outside
ありません・ない arimasen ・ nai There’s none
Although some haunted house attractions have an undetermined duration of time on their websites, they might have this posted in the actual location. 〜分 ( 〜ぷん・ふん ) will help you identify how many minutes the ride or the attraction can be played or visited.
15 分 ・ 50 分 , where 分 means minutes
In case you can’t find the time and you want to know, you can directly ask the staff using this phrase:
すみません、何分かかりますか。 sumimasen, nan pun kakarimasu ka Excuse me, how many minutes will it take?
The staff’s response will be fairly straightforward, but these are the common duration of haunted house attractions that you have to listen for:
5 分 (gofun) 10 分 (juu pun) 15 分 (juu go fun) 20 分 (ni juu pun) 30 分 (san juu pun) 40 分 (yon juu pun) 50 分 (go juu pun) 60 分 (roku juu pun)
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EXTRA SCARY: Real Haunted Places
Japanese horror is not only found through visiting haunted house attractions but experienced through real haunted locations or so they say . Since the Edo and Meiji periods, Japanese horror folktales emerged with stories about all kinds of monsters and creepy happenings around people. Many people still believed in these stories while some remain skeptical but whether these legends hold some truth behind them or not, visitors that decide to visit these spine-chilling locations should remember to stay informed and understand the place and the story behind it. After all, many vengeful spirits and evil monsters are thought to be created out of the disrespect given to them. So to the people thinking about visiting just to make fun of these locations, just don’t .
At the base of Mt. Fuji lies a forest that many people enter but don’t come back. The Aokigahara Forest— Jukai —or commonly referred to as the “Suicide Forest” is Japan’s infamous place where many people commit suicide. There are many stories behind it but historically, this forest was where monks starve themselves to death. It was said that many spirits that have committed suicide continue to wander in this forest and those who enter might not get out. This forest was actually in the novel, “Tower of Waves,” by Seicho Matsumoto where a couple of lovers committed suicide. Since then, the Aokigahara forest, aside from its dense nature, is a spot for many people that want to end their lives.
Many authorities have actually tried to lower suicide cases in the forest such as placing signs that encourage life and even putting up suicide hotline numbers. Presently, this forest can be hiked but the path is not well-maintained in all parts. Because of this, it also poses a danger to hikers in losing their way. Despite the legends surrounding this place, many people continue to visit ( rightfully so) because this thousand-year-old forest is serene.
The Round Schoolhouse
With a unique round form, this former elementary school is known to be one of the haunted locations in Japan. Located in the rural town of Bibai in Hokkaido, many locals say various happenings are seen and heard such as black shadow figures and eerie noises that are too hard to discern. It was said that the once former school was closed for unknown reasons and was later a ghost sightseeing spot in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Since then, many people claimed to have had paranormal experiences in and around the place such as objects getting knocked over, slamming doors, and even noises that seem just a little bit too close to the ears. In fact, people disappearing without a trace when exploring and people coming out bringing insanity with them have all been claimed to have happened. Moreover, the place is believed to have held such negative energy that even some Japanese mediums wouldn’t dare to come back.
There are roads that take people to unknown places and there are roads that are the unknown, themselves. Located in Okinawa, the SSS curve, which got its name from the shape of the road, is claimed to be haunted. The story dates back to World War II. It was a time of war, suffering, and death. During WWII, many Japanese soldiers lost their lives, and one particular place where many met their deaths was the SSS Curve. Since then, it is believed that the soldiers’ spirits haunt this place. Visitors often report feeling dizzy, nauseous, and just outright uncomfortable when they try to take the road. Moreover, some people report feeling a hand on their shoulders and even seeing a soldier!
Presently, getting to this stretch of road isn’t exactly pinpointed in Google maps as it will take some walking around the area to find the exact location. However, visitors will know it’s the place when they see a large red sign labeled, “forbidden or 立ち入り禁止 .” Either way, not much information is known about the place so be careful when deciding to visit because the way to this road will probably have local shrines in the area. This means visitors shouldn’t make a fuss and unintentionally disrespect the sacred grounds while exploring.
Haunted houses in Japan might just be a visit you’ll enjoy and an experience that’ll certainly stay with you (who forgets about getting chased, anyway?). And with each year, people can bet on Japanese haunted houses stepping up to provide scarier entertainment! Now that you have all the information you need, it’s high time you experience that scare (not the COVID scare though).
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Japanese ghost: the haunted hospital
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Japanese ghost: the haunted hospital is a video uploaded in 2009 by Das Lawrence. In the video, a group of explorers investigate a supposedly haunted and abandoned hospital.
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The video begins with a warning, claiming the images have driven many viewers to suicide. It then transitions to a reporter covering the hospital, with the hospital having gone bankrupt few years before and becoming popular among local teens, who claimed to have witnessed strange activity within. Earlier in the video, the report interviews two bystanders; the first interviewee claims that he and a group of explorers entered the hospital, seeking to capture spirit images. Several of these images are then displayed. The second claims an accident followed his visit to the hospital; upon seeing an unidentified red entity, he tumbles down the stairs, dropping his camera.
A crew of explorers then enter the hospital. They wander around, taking pictures. They later find a camera from the second person they interviewed; as the reporter inspects the camera, she screams. A message now displayed on the screen claims the reporter, upon viewing the contents of the camera, went immediately insane. When footage contained within is shown and slowed down, a mysterious figure in a surgeons scrubs is seen.
The footage then cuts back to an earlier scene of the reporter. The remaining crew then decide to continue their exploration. As the cameraman wanders on his own, he sees something reflected in the mirror and decides to investigate; upon entering the room, however, he finds nothing. He then stares at the mirror for a short time when he spies what appears to be a blood-soaked infant; he screams, and the footage repeats, slowed.
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