In Japan visiting haunted houses, or obake yashiki, is a summer tradition. These scary attractions are partially meant to stimulate your body's natural A.C. in the hot summer months: Japanese people believe that cold sweat and chills make effective natural coolants. While many haunted houses are only open to the public in the summer, some you can visit regardless of the season. Here's a list of Japan's top spooky sites, guaranteed to both fright and delight.
This place has a reputation for being the most terrifying haunted house in all of Japan. The Saikyo Senritsu Meikyu is a hyper-real recreation of a demonic hospital, complete with undead patients that appear out of nowhere to scare you to your core.
This haunted house, located in Japan's oldest amusement park, does not disappoint. Especially chilling are the rows of traditional Japanese dolls resting eerily in cabinets lining the dark corridors. Proceed with caution.
Speaking of creepy dolls, there's an amusement park with a whole attraction called "The Room of the Living Doll." Also in Tokyo, this place makes you rethink your decision to buy those traditional figurines as souvenirs for friends at home.
Based on a legend surrounding a young student's suicide, this haunted school will terrify even the most stoic visitors. Your mission is to quell the student's restless spirit and make it out in one piece.
At this amusement park you can also find a "mystery ninja house" and a mind-boggling maze, but the obake yashiki - with its fearfully determined zombies - is bound to set you shivering with fear.