Have you ever visited a haunted house or haunted hospital attraction at a theme park? Usually, you only need to spend about 15 minutes inside one of these haunted attractions to test your nerves and maybe experience a couple of jump scares. However, there is a two-storey building in Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park that is not an ordinary haunted house attraction, but the biggest and scariest haunted house in the world! Let’s find out why this famous attraction is visited by between 1000 and 1500 people per day!
Amidst the strange echoes, harrowing sudden noises, and terrifying surprises, you may need to spend about an hour to complete and find your way out of the 900-meter maze inside before falling victim to your fears. That’s sixty minutes of non-stop fear, tension, and terrifying fun! Don’t worry, though, for those who are concerned about becoming too scared out of their wits and not being able to continue. There are various pink doors dotted around the maze marked “Retire” that allow you to escape back to reality. Although it’s a scary experience, it’s supposed to be fun, and no one who really wants to leave is forced to stay.
The newly renovated attraction is called the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear. It is also known as the Ghost House or Haunted Hospital. One of the biggest and scariest haunted houses in the world, it is located in Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, in Yamanashi Prefecture and near the base of Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji, which you can see clearly from the park. This hospital-themed haunted house might be different from any other haunted house or haunted hospital you have ever visited! This scary labyrinth is 900 meters of terrifying mazes, trap rooms, and dark corners where you even have to decide your own starting route. The visitors are free to explore any part of the building. The designers of the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear also prepared many traps and pitfalls to provide their guests with a more realistic experience of what he coined as “horror harassment.”
Reputedly, the attraction’s design was inspired by the story of a real hospital located near the foot of the Mt. Fuji. The hospital was very famous and had lots of professional doctors and great facilities. But one day, the head and staff of the hospital started to take some fresh organs from the patients who had gone there for surgery. The organs of the patients were inserted into jars of chemicals and sold to distant places while the bodies were put inside large, wooden crates. For revenge, the victims’ spirits came back and started haunting and killing the doctors. Finally, the entire hospital was abandoned. This is the urban legend that is still told among people the real people who live around there.
Featured rooms include the Quarantine Ward, the CT Scan Room, the Diagnostic Exam Room, the Third Operating Room, the New Mortuary, the Second Long Corridor, and the Bacteria Lab. Combining primal horrors like darkness and jump scares as well as deeper fears like disease and death really capture the terror and promise a thrilling experience! The ghost figures and lighting effects are well-designed to create a really scary atmosphere, and many actors with movie-standard makeup and costumes are ready to keep you up all night. Inside, you’ll find dark passages, sealed rooms from which you have to escape, and witness sounds and even smells to awaken your primal fear!
As you go through each room in the maze, whether it be the operating table, waiting rooms or X-ray rooms, you can clearly see the stolen organs in jars of chemicals and the slumped figures of the poor victims. Perhaps you will even encounter the spirits of those who have come back for vengeance. With these sights, sounds, and smells assaulting your senses, it will be difficult to remember that none of it is real and keep your cool.
To make the setting all the more scary, the haunted hospital has prepared some events you might not expect. You can expect to feel as if you are really fighting with your own fears. Did someone really whisper, or was that just a figment of your scared-to-death imagination? What is waiting around the next corner? Is there someone behind you? The attraction is more about psychological horror and the tension rather than gruesome in-your-face violence.
You will further realize that this haunted hospital forces you to wrestle with your own fears rather than be a victim of some bloody, heart-pounding action, as you enter the Room of No Escape, one of the more notable attractions. There are no doors that you can see and thus, there is no way to get out! If you’re even slightly claustrophobic, maybe it’s better to retire early as you could seriously freak yourself out wondering how long you will be confined in this dungeon. Will you be able to escape, or will you succumb to your fears?
There are some rules to abide by when you visit. First of all, you cannot enter alone, so be sure to visit as a couple or a group. Secondly, guests of elementary school age must be accompanied by an adult, and kids of pre-school age or younger are not allowed to enter at all due to the obvious nature of the attraction. You can’t use your free pass Fuji-Q Highland ticket to enter this attraction; you must pat the additional entrance fee, which is 1000 yen.
For those who are unsure about visiting the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear, don’t worry as there are many other wonderful attractions at Fuji-Q Highland. Try an exciting rollercoaster such as the high-speed Dodonpa, the gut-wrenching Eejanaika, or the incredibly high up Fujiyama. There are also Tea Cups, the Shining Flower Ferris wheel, the Red Tower, Panic Clock, and so much more! The Super Scary Labyrinth of fear, though, is not only for those looking for an adrenaline rush, but a truly terrifying experience where they can test their wits and bravery. Think carefully before you enter!
With all that said, even if you read this article and you might think it sounds like a piece of cake, then perhaps you are someone who can beat the game and escape the house in record time. But once you experience the darkness of the reality that is the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear, you might think twice. Either way, at such a good price to get in, it’s well worth a try to test your nerve!
Besides this scary ride there are also many other fun things to do at this incredible theme park!
Fuji-Q Highland is famous among thrill seekers, and there are plenty of great rides to keep you entertained all day. Some of the most popular ones include DODODONPA, the fastest rollercoaster in Japan, the one-of-a-kind Tentekomai spinning ride, Takabisha which has the steepest freefall drop in the world, and Eejanaika, a ‘4th Dimension’ rollercoaster with rave reviews. Be advised that the very popular rides will usually attract very long queues, so be prepared to wait a while.
If you are coming as a family or prefer rides which are a bit more gentle, be assured that there are some great options at Fuji-Q Highland to choose from. You can head to Thomas Land which consists of many different children’s rides, a 3D Theater, and a fun train.
You can also enjoy the connected Fujiyama Onsen, which is directly connected to Fuji-Q Highland and is a great place to soak, relax, and unwind! You can check out their website here (Japanese only).
There is a variety of eating options inside the park that can be enjoyed throughout the day. These include pizza, burgers, kebabs, crepes, and numerous Japanese snacks and specialties to indulge in. Why not grab a fresh pretzel at Auntie Annie’s, or visit the Food Stadium which offers udon dishes and local cuisines? There are loads of dining options to choose from so you definitely won’t get hungry!
The easiest, cheapest, and most direct way to get to Fuji-Q Highland Park is to catch the bus (Chuo Highway Bus Fujigoko Line) from Shinjuku Station. It goes to the park and takes around 1 hour 40 minutes, costing 1,750 yen each way. You can also board this bus at Mitaka (1500 yen), Fuchu (1400 yen), and Hachioji (930 yen) depending on where your house/hotel is.
There are also train services to the park, namely from Shinjuku Station via Otsuki Station. However, it takes almost three hours and costs 2,400 yen each way, so is the more pricey option!
You may have heard of the ‘QPACK’ ticket, which includes transport to and from the park from Shinjuku, and the Fuji-Q Highland ticket. It costs 7,800 yen for adults (7,400 yen for school students and 4,950 yen for kids). You can also get a QPACK pass from Shibuya, of which the ticket cost is 100 yen more than the Shinjuku price (50 yen more for kids).
Next time you visit Fuji-Q Highland theme park, definitely give the world-famous Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear a try with your friends or partner! And don’t forget that there is so much more to see in this popular theme park, too! Enjoy your visit!
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