If you know and watched the film “Ring” (not the Hollywood version though, the real, Japanese one), you know how Japan is good at making you traumatized. This summer, to cool down your heated body, why don’t you make your way to the doors of haunted houses. Trust me, you come out the building with much lower temperature…if you manage.
#1. Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear – Fuji Q Highland
This is by far the scariest haunted house currently exist in Japan. So many people drop out/burst into tears/become unable to walk when they are still inside. It is said that the average time you need to get out of the building would be 45 to 60 minutes as you have to walk almost 1km of horror. The building is the ruined hospital and inside decorations are so much in details that you will feel nothing but real about everything within.
The background story is that the hospital was closed down after horrific human experiments that one surgeon did by using the patients and the staff doctors and nurses. You will be given a penlight to explore at a start, but only until the half way through. After that, the dim light and your senses will be the only help to make your way till the end. You will not find anything like this level of haunted house, so be warned, and stay alive.
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Fuji Q Highland
Address: 5-6-1 Fujikyu-Highland, Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture
Access: Walking distance from Fuji Q Highland Station
Opening Hours: 9:00am ~ 6:00pm / Summer 8:30am ~ 8:00pm
5,200 yen (Adults)
4,700 yen (Junior & High School Students)
3,800 yen (Child over 3 years old)
*You will need extra 500 yen to enter the haunted house.
Website: Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear (Japanese)
#2. Sakura-no-Onrei – Asakusa Hanayashiki
If you are sensitive and can feel ghost spirits, you might be able to sense them here. Hanayashiki Amusement Park is claimed to be the oldest amusement park in Japan, and this haunted house has been popular for a long time and was recently renovated as it became decrepit.
It is also known as a place where you would see/feel the real ghosts. It is kind of the indescribable chilly yet somehow familiar sensation that Sakura-no-Onrei can give you, like when you visit your grandparents’ old house and found an unknown door. Can you finish walking the 8-meters-long corridor without hesitation?
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Address: 2 Chome-28-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Access: 5 minutes walk from Asakusa Station
Opening Hours: 10:00am ~ 6:00pm
2,300 yen (Adults)
2,000 yen (Primary School Students)
1,800 yen (Over 65 years old)
Website: Asakusa Hanayashiki
#3. Daiba Haunted School – Decks Odaiba
Having the theme of a horror school, here in Daiba Haunted School you are owe to choose one of the stories of the four cursed child inside the school in order to save their spirits: a boy called Tokio is a boy who was bullied and killed himself after by hanging himself; a girl called Micchan who only has her head and searching for her body; a boy called Shinchan who was found dead in a locker after being missing for a while; and a girl called Meiko who was manipulated by a ghost to kill her friend and ran away.
Your mission then would be to get rid of the curse which crazed them and rest them in peace. It is known as a haunted house where many people come back to re-do the experience despite of the bloodcurdling exploration…now, it is your turn!
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Address: 1-6-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2 minutes walk from Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station, 5 minutes’ walk from Tokyo Teleport Station
Opening Hours: 11:00am ~ 9:00pm (Last entry 8:45pm)
800 yen (Adults)
600 yen (Children)
Website: Daiba Haunted School(Japanese)
#4. TOEI Kyoto Studio Park’s Haunted House
For those who do not feel so much fear from the dolls and mere darkness or splashed bloods, this would be perfect place as the horror is created by actual human ghost actors. Do not underestimate them, because they are professionally trained to make your experience as traumatic as possible.Being owned and run by the film company Toei, the settings, the story, and even the makeup of the actors are incredibly well made.
You will feel as if you suddenly time travelled to the dark and bloody side of the famous Samurai period and become the main character of a horror film. If you are visiting Kyoto and want to experience very Japanese style haunted house, then try this one first for sure.
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TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
Address: 10 Uzumasa Higashihachiokacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Access: 5 minutes walk from Uzumasa Station, Uzumasa-Koryuji Station, Katabiranotsuji Station
Opening Hours: 9:00am ~ 6:00pm/ Summer 9:00am ~ 9:00pm
2,200 yen (Adults)
1,300 yen (Junior&High School Students)
1,100 yen (Child over 3 years old)
*You will need extra 500 yen (Adults)/ 400 yen (Childs) to enter the haunted house
Website: TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
#5. The Haunted House of Baby – Tokyo Dome City (Only for this summer)
This year, a long awaited reopening of one haunted house was celebrated among the horror fans in Tokyo. It’s called Akanbo Jigoku, Hell of The Baby, located in Tokyo Dome City Attractions and is open from 15 July until 25 September. It dates back to 1996 when the first and the original version came out in public and left some psychological distress to whom entered. Now, after 20 years, the same producer created an extended story from the original tale and the house is now complete and ready to welcome you only for this summer.
The story goes like this – 20 years ago, a human woman got a baby girl between a ghost-man but she left her out of a horror. However, since she could not give up her child, she asked for some brave people to take the baby back. The baby has now grown up and had her own baby. But when she sang the nursery rhyme not knowing it was originated in the ghost world, the ghosts realized her existence and took the baby away. Just like 20 years ago, she decided to ask people to help her to take her baby back. That people she meant, is you.
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Tokyo Dome City Attractions
Address: 1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Access: Walking distance from Suidobashi Station
Dates: July 22nd, 2016 – September 25th, 2016
Opening Hours: 10:00am ~ 9:00pm
3,900 yen (Adults)
2,100 yen (Primary School Students)
1,500 yen (Child aged from 3 to 5)
3,400 yen (Over 60 years old & Junior & High School Students)
Website: Tokyo Dome City