If you are looking for some thrilling adventures, try the game of “kimodameshi”. It is a test of courage that involves visit to the haunted spots in order to prove your bravery. This article introduces the features of Toyama Park located in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo. During the daytime, the park is frequently used as a gathering place for the locals, but in the middle of the night, various unnatural phenomenons have been reported by people. What about taking a walk in Toyama Park at night?
For more information about the haunted sites, visit the page of “ Recommended Sightseeing Spots? The Top Five Haunted Locations in Tokyo”.
Tokyo Ghost Story Tour in Asakusa, a Place of Myth and Legend
If you want to enjoy Japanese ghost stories, join to Tokyo ghost story tour in Asakusa.
The tour involves a visit to the haunted house in Japan’s oldest Hanayashiki Amusement Park, as well as creepy bars in Asakusa. The guide will take you to the best-recommended places in the area. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the Japanese ghost stories!
Toyama Park opened in 1954, is divided into two separate areas, Hakoneyama District centered around the Mt. Hakone, the highest hill within the Yamanote Line, and Okubo District with the fields on the other side of Meiji Street. Originally in this area, there was a large Japanese garden called “Toyama Mountain Cottage” built around the Mount Hakone making use of the geographical character of about 449,000 square meters of land. There was also a Military Academy on the Mount Hakone from 1873 to 1945, the end of World War II. A monument to commemorate that institution still stands at the base of Mt. Hakone. In the park, there are many spacious areas including athletic square where children can play as well as the locals can use as relaxing get-away.
In July 1989, hundreds of human bones buried less than 100 years ago were found at a construction site for Disease Prevention Research Center, (currently called the National Center for Prevention of Infectious Disease). There were 100 bones, which each of them had the marks of saws or drill holes on the skulls. It is said that they were the prisoners of wars involved in human experimentation. There are rumors say that when you climb the Mount Hakone, you can hear a sobbing and groaning sounds. Hitodama (appearance of souls that have left the body) was also seen time to time. You also hear that if you take a picture, many times it comes out as spirit photography. It is believed that the spirits or souls floating in the air have strong energies so various unnatural phenomenons are reported even during the daytime. If you’re looking for a place to test your courage, Toyama Park is the best place to go.
Address: 3-5-1 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
10 minute-walk from JR Yamanote Line “Shin-Okubo Station”
10 minute-walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line “Takadanobaba Station”
There are other recommended haunted spots in Tokyo. “Makoto no Michi” in Ura takao-machi, Hachioji where “Mizuko Kuyo” services are held is one of the spots. “Makoto no Michi” offers a “fetus memorial service”, a ceremony to commemorates unborn children who have been lost due to different reasons. For this reason, most of the unnatural phenomenons are related to the babies and children. There have been reports such as having children’s handprint on the car or women having unknown pain when they visit the place. It is located in a quite area surrounded by mountains on the street where Jizo statues stand praying for the soul of unborn children.