Forget Halloween – people in Japan like to get spooked during summertime, making haunted houses a popular attraction for groups and couples around this time of year. With the current social distancing regulations, many haunted houses that would normally be packed for summer have been closed. However, haunted house design company Kowagarasetai is not conceding defeat to the coronavirus. It has instead created a haunted house in central Tokyo that you can experience from your car.
The company claims that this is Japan’s first ever 'drive-through' haunted house, but your car won't be moving during the experience, so it's really more of a drive-in. Inside a haunted garage, actors dressed as ghosts will attempt to scare you while you sit in your car. The 20-minute performance will feature classic Sadako-style figures covered in blood, who will jump up on the bonnet when you least expect it, and a group of creepy people that will surround the car just like in a zombie apocalypse.
Though the attraction is not for the faint of heart, at least you won’t have to worry about getting too close to the undead, because you’ll be safe inside your car. The staff will be sanitising the venue after every customer, so you won’t have to worry about Covid-19 coronavirus either.
Located in Minami-Azabu, the drive-in haunted house attraction costs ¥8,000 per visit (¥9,000 if you’re renting a car provided by Kowagarasetai) and is open for two days on July 4 and 5. For an additional ¥1,000, you can even have your car covered in blood by the undead. Tickets have already sold out at the time of writing, but additional dates and times are being considered, so check the website for updates.
Can’t wait for those jump scares? Remember to check our guide on how to go out safely in Tokyo.