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Feel the spirits of the season at haunted houses

by Naomi Schanen

Staff Writer

It’s the Bon holiday season and there’s a new “Ghostbusters” film on the way, which means spirits are likely on the minds of people in Japan. With that in mind, we checked out a few haunted houses in case you’re looking for a summer scare.

Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear
Fuji-Q Highland, Yamanashi
Taking around an hour to complete, this hospital-themed maze is Japan’s biggest haunted house. Based on an eerie urban legend, the labyrinth will have every bone in your body tingling. Can you make it to the end?
www.fujiq.jp/en/attraction/senritsu.html

Akanbo Jigoku (Baby in Hell)
Tokyo Dome City Attractions, Tokyo
Horror maestro and haunted house producer Gomi Hirofumi is back with another thrilling spectacle that runs till Sept. 25. Visitors are entrusted with the mission of saving a baby from evil spirits. Go at night for the real experience, but be warned — it’s terrifying.
www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/attractions

Toei House of Horrors
Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, Kyoto
Located in a park home to film studios since 1926, this haunted house isn’t your average jump-and-scare type. With all the trappings of a cinematic production, the attraction features professional actors and technology from the Edo Period (1603-1868) to help take creepy to a whole new level.
www.toei-eigamura.com/en/attraction.html

Shiryo no Yakata (House of the Ghost Girl)
Rusutsu Resort, Hokkaido
Following the story of a cursed girl, this gothic-themed attraction stands out from other haunted houses. Taking elements from its Western counterparts, such as gory zombies and chilling French dolls, it will feel like a real-life horror flick. This one isn’t for the squeamish.
www.rusutsu.co.jp/amusement/etc

Silent Rooms
Canal City Hakata, Fukuoka
Calling all brave haunted house fans, Silent Rooms — the first attraction of its kind in Kyushu, and open only until Sept. 11 — is a new haunted house experience that combines elements of both a horror flick and an escape game. Solve innovative challenges and complete missions under a ticking clock. Oh, and try to get out with your wits intact.
www.taito.co.jp/silentrooms