Tokyo (CNN) – We can all agree that screaming is an important part of the great haunted house experience.
Kenta Iwana, founder of Kowagarasetai, told CNN Travel: “With the virus, I know there̵7;s no way we can have a traditional haunted house, with all of that screaming in a tight space. narrow.
“When I read that the theaters were coming back, that was my ‘aha’ moment.”
Trapped in a pitch black garage, full of corpses
The entrance to the haunted house, located in a covered parking garage in an unspecified building in downtown Tokyo, offers visitors a 360-degree front-row experience, simulating getting stuck stuck in cars in zombie outbreak.
Use your own car for JPY 8,000 (USD 75), or if you are like many Tokyoites and don’t own a car, they will provide one for 9,000 JPY or 85 USD.
Since you are just sitting in the garage, there is no need for a driver’s license.
Visitors turn off the engine and the garage hatch closes, leaving the car in complete darkness.
The drivers get a set of Bluetooth speakers and the ghost story begins.
“Around these areas, there is a legend that ghosts attack humans. Whistle three times if you want to hear more,” said the voice from the speaker in Japanese.
For the next 17 minutes, vampires and bloody zombies pressed on the window and rocked the car.
Don’t be afraid, you will somehow live through it.
After that, the car was wiped with blood.
More blood and cleaning service
With Tokyo facing another wave of Covid-19 infections, the company says it is taking every precaution to protect both the agents and its customers. Each car is rubbed with alcohol to minimize the risk for ghost actors. Plastic liner rental car change car for all customers.
Then, the car is wiped off fake blood (and potential virus from the hands of ghosts). It says on the website, “We can’t get rid of every drop of blood. It will be clean enough to drive on the road.”
There’s also a bloody supplement pack available for 1,000 JPY ($ 9).
Traditionally, summer is the peak season for ghost stories in Japan, a popular way to relax on a hot night. Scary movies and games have always been a part of his life, said Iwana.
“My parents rented out horror movies and showed me them Biohazard (” Resident Evil 7 “) since I was three years old, said Iwana.
“Ghosts are like Pokemon to me.”
He dropped out of school six years ago to turn his passion into a business, staging haunted houses and creating horror movies “wherever anyone asks me” – including both theme park, dome and home.
Founded on Halloween 2018, Kowagarasetai roughly translates as “Scary Squad” in Japanese.
With all the self-restraint permeated in society by Covid-19, he wanted to show that everyone can have a little fun.
The haunted house driving experience begins as a summer-only attraction in July, with tickets sold out on the day of the sale. There is a waiting list for more than 1,000 people, said Iwana.
Given its widespread popularity, he said they’ll bring it back when the temperature is cool, as August is too hot to run haunted cars.