Horror Fes with Coronavirus
Photo: Kowagarasetai

Love haunted house attractions? Now try this haunted toilet and casket in Aichi

Laguna Tenbosch theme park in Aichi prefecture will have three new spooky attractions from October 3 to December 6

Youka Nagase
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Youka Nagase
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Halloween events and parties will most likely be cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the holiday is wasted. Creator of Japan’s first drive-in haunted house, Kowagarasetai is back with not only one but three new haunted attractions, all set inside Aichi prefecture’s Laguna Tenbosch theme park.

From October 3 to December 6, the ‘Horror Fes with Coronavirus’ event will feature three ‘coronavirus-safe’ activities, meaning each of the haunted attractions will only allow one participant at a time to avoid any direct person-to-person contact. The attractions will also be sanitised after each session to reduce the risk of contamination.

Horror Fes with Coronavirus
Photo: Kowagarasetai

One of Laguna Tenbosch’s most popular rides, Magical Powder (which is set inside a toy shop) will transform into a horror house hosting the ‘Haunting of Mimi-chan’. Here at this maze you’ll encounter Mimi-chan, a particularly eerie doll that has been residing in Magical Powder for years. Some say the doll is cursed, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Horror Fes with Coronavirus
Photo: Kowagarasetai

Kowagarasetai has also created Japan’s first spooky toilet. This small bathroom stall is haunted by the fearsome Hanako. According to a popular Japanese urban legend, the ghost of Hanako is known to live in girls' bathrooms at schools.  

Horror Fes with Coronavirus
Photo: Kowagarasetai

Perhaps the most inventive attraction of the trio, the Zekkyo Kanoke, or Screaming Casket, is being resurrected after a short test-run in Shinjuku last month. Clearly not for the claustrophobic, here you’ll be lying in a casket with a glass window while a group of ‘malicious ghosts’ try to scare you. Don’t worry, the ghost actors can’t physically touch you.

If you’re keen to try all three haunted attractions, get the all-day passport ticket (¥4,350 for the entire day, ¥2,600 for visits after 5pm). For those with just a park entry ticket (¥2,250 for the entire day, ¥1,300 for visits after 5pm), you’ll have to pay an additional ¥600-¥700 for each of the ‘Horror Fes with Coronavirus’ attractions. Actors dressed up as ghosts will also be roaming in the park for most of the day, so say hi – or stay away. 

Remember to check our guide on how to go out safely in Tokyo – or anywhere for that matter.

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