1. Aokigahara Forest
When it comes to haunted places in Japan, nothing is more terrifying and mysterious than the Aokigahara Forest. Aptly nicknamed as “The Suicide Forest”, Aokigahara has the unfortunate distinction of being the second most popular place for suicides in the world. For decades, thousands of people have attempted to kill themselves in this mystical forest. Sounds pretty scary, right?
2. Oiran Buchi, Yamanashi
Looks can be deceiving, as most wise people would say, and such is the case with the next entry on our list. Despite its striking natural scenery, Oiran Buchi can be a very frightening place to visit in Japan. Word is there were over 50 oirans (prostitutes) killed in this place a long time ago. Plus, it has an eerie suspension bridge that looks like a scene from a Silent Hill film.
3. Nagasaki and Hiroshima
In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, people often hear lost souls crying and screaming for help at dawn.
4. Akasaka Mansion, Tokyo
Billed as the most haunted place to stay in Tokyo, Akasaka Mansion has been scaring the pants off its guests with a variety of hair-raising apparitions. As a matter of fact, one female guest claimed that an unknown force dragged across the room through her hair. Could this be the work of Sadako? Spend an evening in this hotel, to find out.
5. Field Hospital, Kanagawa Prefecture
From unusual sounds to moving windows, there have been plenty of reports of paranormal activities in the Field Hospital.
6. Doryodo Ruins, Tokyo
In Doryodo Ruins, bystanders will hear the cries of a female university student whose body was dumped here, in the wake of her murder in 1973. She may not be Sadako, but her cries will certainly make your hair stand on end.
7. Himuro Mansion, Tokyo
Immortalized by the horror game Fatal Frame, Himuro Mansion was the location of the infamous Himuro family murder, which is often described as one of the most brutal and gruesome killings in Japan’s history. But, some say the mansion doesn’t really exist, and was just made up by the creators of Himuro Mansion.
8. Hakone Yama, Tokyo
Take a late night stroll in Hakone Yama, and listen to the terrifying sobbing, wailing voices and other mysterious noises in the area. In addition to the mystical sounds, the park has a very unearthly feel. While a Sadako sighting isn’t possible here, the Hakone Yama is still a can’t-miss site for thrill seekers and ghost hunters.
9. Round Schoolhouse, Hokkaido
One of the most well-known haunted sites in Japan, the Round Schoolhouse is a ghostly abandoned edifice that would scare even the boldest travel junkies. Stories are swirling on the internet, suggesting that anyone who goes inside will either forever disappear or become insane.
10. Royal Hotel, Okinawa
An infamous haunted place in Japan, the Royal Hotel is an abandoned hotel that was built on the Nakagusuku Castle’s sacred grounds. Legend has it that the spirits and souls who once lived in the castle were angered by this construction, causing a string of unfortunate events to its owner and construction workers.