World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

B87NKD Eerie carousel / merry-go-round at the closed down Nara Dreamland theme-park, Japan. Image shot 10/2008. Exact date unknown.
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Sunken villages, derelict amusement parks, and vacant mental hospitals are just a few abandoned places with creepy appeal.

Takakanonuma Greenland, Japan

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Why It’s Eerie: Some 150 miles north of Tokyo, the city of Hobara holds on to a derelict amusement park that’s eerily similar to the one in the anime flick Spirited Away. Closed in 1999 when Japan’s economic bubble burst, the ghostly 1973 park has a rusting roller coaster, frozen Ferris wheel, and strewn-about toys that are now slowly being taken over by the fog-choked Aizu forest.

How to Experience It: To access the park from Fukushima, take Highway 4 north for about an hour, then take a left before the train station in Hobara.

B87NKD Eerie carousel / merry-go-round at the closed down Nara Dreamland theme-park, Japan. Image shot 10/2008. Exact date unknown.

World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

Takakanonuma Greenland, Japan

Why It’s Eerie: Some 150 miles north of Tokyo, the city of Hobara holds on to a derelict amusement park that’s eerily similar to the one in the anime flick Spirited Away. Closed in 1999 when Japan’s economic bubble burst, the ghostly 1973 park has a rusting roller coaster, frozen Ferris wheel, and strewn-about toys that are now slowly being taken over by the fog-choked Aizu forest.

How to Experience It: To access the park from Fukushima, take Highway 4 north for about an hour, then take a left before the train station in Hobara.

© Delphine Adburgham / Alamy Stock Photo
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