Halloween isn’t complete without a touch of terror. Want to go beyond your usual classic horror films and experience something more real? Test your courage and visit terrifying haunts. Thankfully, we Asians love our fair share of ghost stories and spooky urban legends, so there are tons of places within our area with a tale or two. Read on and take a peek at some of the most popular haunted spots you’ll find in Asia. Beware though, these might not be for the faint of heart.
Himeji Castle, Hyogo, Japan
Though populated by tourists during the day, this World Heritage Site is known to be haunted by a ghost at night. The ghost is said to be the spirit of Okiku, a woman who served a samurai who once ruled over the Himeji castle. There are numerous versions to Okiku’s tale, but the more popular ones say that, because Okiku did not reciprocate the samurai’s affection, he hid one of the 10 valuable plates that were considered treasures of the castle and framed her. The samurai offered not to punish her if she became his lover, but Okiku still refused, so she was thrown down the well in the castle grounds. Now, hundreds of years later, many say that her wailing spirit could still be seen roaming and looking for the last plate.