Kimodameshi: 5 Haunted Houses to Test Your Courage through Summer Tradition in Japan!
What do you do during summer? You might eat ice cream, go to pools and chill at the beach. What Japanese do is we challenge “Kimodameshi” by visiting haunted houses. It’s a courage test to see how much courage you can have when facing scary things. You can also cool down your body with Kimodameshi. If you are coming to Japan during the summer holidays, you should try this Japanese way of challenging horror! Here is a list of haunted houses you should go around Tokyo!
Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear ~accommodating ward story~ from Fuji-Q Highland
It’s the longest and scariest haunted house ever! The length is about 900 meters which takes about more than 50 minutes. It is said to be the scariest one in Japan. On July 2017, it was renovated with new areas such as the dark hospital ward with no light and a dungeon where you cannot get away from those chasing after you. The place is filled with props that were created by professional horror movie staffs and smells of the actual hospitals, so it will definitely feel like you are in an abandoned place.
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/
Daiba Kaiki Gakko
40 years ago, a student committed suicide at a school. Since then, many accidents happened in a row. The principal disappeared, and the school was closed. However, there are still witnesses who say that they saw ghosts of children. That haunted school is now called “Kaiki Gakko”. While many say you shouldn’t go, no one stops going there for Kimodameshi such as yourself. You cannot escape anymore…
Official Website: http://obakeland.net/access/
You have to overcome the mysteries and missions hidden in this house, but there is a brutal criminal in the house, so you have to do it secretly. If you are found… It’s the beginning of the scariest hide-and-seek mission.
The setting and place change every year. For now, it’s not a haunted house, but it is still filled with horror and excitement. You have 60 minutes to complete the mission.
Official Website: http://obakensan.com/
Shin-Yurei-Dou ~Trip of Fear~
It’s at Wonder Amuse Zone of Yokohama Cosmo World. You can choose the level of fear from 1 to 3. 1 is not so scary, 2 is pretty scary, and 3 is super scary with ghosts almost getting you. It’s a ride type of haunted house, so you don’t need to worry about giving up in the middle of the house.
Official Website: http://cosmoworld.jp/attraction/
Haunted House from Asakusa Hana Yashiki
Hana Yashiki is the oldest amusement park in Japan. One of the most popular attractions is the haunted house. There is a rumor that real ghosts appear in the house. Ever since the opening of the park in Edo period, there is a ghost story which has been passed down: revengeful spirits of cherry blossoms. It all started when a sakura tree was cut, and the spirits living there became furious, putting curse on everyone. Among the haunted houses, this one is not so scary, so it’s recommended for a starter.
Official Website: https://www.hanayashiki.net/en
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