- Views Frightfully Fun: Japan’s Ghosts, Ghouls, and Haunted Houses
- “Baby in Hell”: The Latest Haunted House Attraction of a Horror Maestro
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View posters of past haunted houses produced by master of fear Gomi Hirofumi and watch a Nippon.com team enter his most recent creation.
For 25 years, haunted house producer Gomi Hirofumi has provided a chilling antidote to each summer’s heat with a new and terrifying creation. Just looking at the posters for past attractions may induce a frisson of horror, yet it is undeniable that fear has its own curious pleasures for many. The haunted houses are held at the Tokyo Dome City Attractions (formerly Kōrakuen) theme park.
This summer’s spectacle Akanbō jigoku (Baby in Hell) will run from July 15 to September 25. It returns to the story of Gomi’s 1996 attraction with the same title that was Japan’s first “mission-style” haunted house. Two decades ago, a girl was born between a demon from the spirit world and a human woman. Visitors were entrusted with the mission of rescuing the baby from a realm of countless evil spirits and returning her to her mother. This time, the grown-up daughter has had her own baby snatched away. Do you have the courage to enter a world of malevolence and save an innocent child?
Look through our selection of posters from past attractions for a taste of Gomi’s brand of terror and steel yourself for the challenge ahead.
Gallery of Fear
Into the Darkness
If you want to know a little more before journeying to the other side and fending off demons, take a look at the video below to find out how a Nippon.com advance party fared.
You should know, however, that Baby in Hell is a very different experience by night, compared with by day. It takes fear to another level. Be warned.
Baby in Hell
Dates: Friday, July 15 to Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Scream version: 10 am to 4 pm
Superscream version: 5 pm to 10 pm
Open from 9:30 am from Thursday, August 11 to Monday, August 15.
Closes at 9 pm on July 15 and from September 1.
Venue: Tokyo Dome City Attractions
Ages: 6 and up
(Originally published in Japanese on July 21, 2016. Video shot and edited by Ōtani Kiyohide of Nippon.com.)
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- Itō Seiu Ghost Paintings Summon Up Spirits of EdoJapan’s rich tradition of ghost stories has inspired the artistic genre of ghost paintings. This summer, the Edo-Tokyo Museum is holding an exhibition featuring works by the artist Itō Seiu.
- Gomi Hirofumi and Japan’s Scariest Haunted HousesGomi Hirofumi has been producing haunted house extravaganzas around Japan for 25 years. We interviewed him to find out more about the man who has been scaring audiences out of their wits for a quarter of a century.