Wanna explore some eerie haunted spots in Japan? Well, we have curated 10 haunted spots in Japan that gave us the creeps!
An avid traveler to Japan can find numerous advantages and destinations to explore. Tourists may be perplexed and overwhelmed when deciding on the best places to visit in Japan.
But, What if I told you that there are so many haunted locations in Japan to explore?
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The Japanese are very much in love with their fascination for ghost stories and haunted locations. There are numerous haunted spots in Japan but many people appear to be confused about which haunted spots are the most frightening.
Keep on reading to discover some ghost stories in these haunted places in Japan.
Haunted Spots In Japan
Old Inunaki Tunnel
Tunnels can be more frightening even without the presence of ghosts and ghouls!
Dingy and gloomy tunnels are ideal for any wrongdoing, as a young girl discovered a few decades ago.
It is considered one of Japan’s three most haunted locations. When the perpetrators discovered the incident, they took the man deep into the forest, beat him even more, poured gasoline over his head, and set him ablaze.
Despite his efforts, the man made it to the tunnel’s entrance, where he collapsed.
People who visited the site reported strange occurrences such as “I felt like someone was calling from inside the tunnel,” “The car engine suddenly stopped working,” and “There was a child’s handprint on the car, and many more.
And I was shaken to discover that this location inspired a video game and a film directed by the critically acclaimed Ju-on (2000).
You can judge the creepiness of the spot after knowing that it is ranked first among Japan’s most haunted spots. I was totally creeped out when I visited this spot and don’t think I would ever want to go there again.
Old Sashiki Tunnel
One of Kumamoto Prefecture’s most haunted places is Sashiki Tunnel. It has been reported that several people died during construction because of a cave-in accident.
It sounds terrifying, and anyone who hears it is devastated.
The tunnel is so narrow that only a car of moderate size can pass through it, and it runs for 434 meters (1,424 feet) in complete darkness.
This old tunnel is the birthplace of many terrifying stories of vengeful spirits roaming at night and people mysteriously disappearing into its depths.
These mystical stories can frighten even the most courageous person.
The famed Awashima Shrine holds a memorial service for 20,000 dolls every year, and it is said that the hair of the memorialized dolls grows.
No one ever imagined in a dream that dolls could be so frightening. Dolls are usually associated with fun and enjoyment, in this case, the opposite applies.
There are numerous stories about abandoned dolls found in shrines. It has been featured in many television shows and is a well-known haunted location.
History has numerous stories about abandoned dolls found in shrines.
Inanimate objects, especially those that resemble humans, develop souls over time, according to Shinto beliefs. To avoid their wrath, unwanted or unused dolls must be disposed of in a shrine using a special ritual.
Hearing that hair grows on non-living dolls gives me goosebumps.
Yawata no Yabushirazu
Yawata no Yabushirazu is a popular name for a forest in Yawata, Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture. It is a well-known haunted location with folk tales.
Yawata’s forbidden forest, which translates as “Yawata no Yabushirazu” in Japanese, has also become an idiom for “to get lost.”
Locals believe that this forest is haunted and that anyone who enters it will have their spirit disappear.
Yawata no Yabushirazu (sometimes just Yawata) is said to be one of Japan’s most haunted places, and that’s saying a lot.
Yawata’s stories revolve around the belief that anyone who enters the forest is spirited away (just like in the movie) and never seen again.
It’s as if I’m listening to a horror movie story about a person who mysteriously vanishes. Listening to true stories now deeply disturbs me.
According to many, the forest is haunted by both samurai ghosts and poisonous gasses. No matter how true these stories are, locals take them seriously – a fence surrounds Yawata to keep people at bay.
Yawata no Yabushirazu became famous as a forbidden place where if you step inside the grove, you’ll never return.
Yubetsu Coal Mine (Kushiro Coal Mine)
The Kushiro Coal Mine is one of Japan’s five most haunted locations. It is the largest coal mine in Japan and the country’s last remaining underground coal mine.
This largest coal mine is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It was a coal mine that operated from 1919 to 1970 and was also known as the Kushiro Coal Mine due to its location in Kushiro City.
As history says, A large number of people died between 1933 and 1969, and the building was eventually demolished from 1970 onwards.
Therefore, this location is considered the most dangerous and haunted location in Hokkaido.
It is a haunted location whose existence has been documented since the 1970s, and it is so named because numerous Kewpie dolls and other baby dolls are hanging here.
It is said that this is the location of the closure of a shrine or temple that was supposed to console Mizuko’s spirit or conceive a child.
It’s strange to me that the majority of Japan’s haunted locations are associated with dolls. This is unconvincing.
Yakebe Pond (Tacchan Pond)
Yakebe Pond, in Higashiyamato City, Saitama Prefecture, is also known as “Tacchan Pond”.
It is said that in 1925, a boy nicknamed “Tacchan” slipped and fell into the pond while playing. According to folklore, the boy drowned.
As a result, the pond has been named after him. There have been reports that white hands emerge from the water’s surface.
In Japan, Aokigahara Jukai is well known as a haunted suicide spot. Getting lost in the forest is dangerous but it is safe to explore the trails.
This forest has a plethora of large trees that are sometimes referred to as the sea of trees and are truly a masterpiece of nature.
Unfortunately, this forest has quite a sad history to accompany all of this beauty. You’ve most likely heard about this forest due to the scandal that occurred several years ago when Logan Paul and his team went into this forest to film a video and came across a dead body.
The thick twisted forest of Aokigahara is eerily silent, and even sunlight struggles to make its way through the canopy.
There have been hundreds of suicides in the “suicide forest” over the years, so the government has posted suicide prevention information everywhere.
It was extremely frightening.
Ohh, ghosh! This place was as terrifying as a horror film. I felt like I was in a horror movie myself when I visited this forest! Don’t think I’ll be visiting this place anytime soon.
As per Japanese Buddhist mythology, Sai no Kawara (Sainokawara) is a riverbed in the netherworld where the souls of departed children do penance.
Sai-no-Kawara is considered to be the bank area of a river that flows between life and the heaven.
Children who die before their parents are said to be reborn in this riverbed.
I did some research on social media and discovered that there is a high likelihood of encountering ghosts, and it is the most haunted location in Fukushima.
The Hotel Celine was formerly a hotel (motel) in Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture, and is said to be haunted.
It became famous for its creepiness and drawings depicting a pregnant woman.
There are rumors that a young woman was raped by several men here, became pregnant, and wandered around the hotel after committing suicide.
There are many terrifying rumors about this hotel, which restricts me from exploring it.
Japan not only has a diverse range of culture, traditions, food, statues, and castles, but it also has a plethora of haunted locations. Sometimes willingness and strength to fulfill can’t coexist.
You have a strong desire to visit these locations, but your fear of death or inner fear has prevented you from doing so because your life is so uncertain.
If you want to explore and dig deeper into these places to find out the truth, I must say you are incredibly brave.
So, what have you decided? Would you like to be haunted by these places?