The Japanese village of Kosuge badly wants to increase its tourism revenue, and what better way to attract thrill seekers and weirdos than with a than with a spooky zombie invasion just after Halloween?
Japanese haunted houses, or obakeyashiki are a popular attraction in the late summer and early fall, and Kosuge wants the world to know that it is going out on a bloody, twitching limb to impress guests.
Kosuge’s population of just 700 will be trying their best to make the charming, rustic town into a hellscape, trading hot springs and mountain vistas for a post-apocalyptic blood bath. It’s not known exactly how many of the town’s citizens will be dressed up as zombies, but the event promises to have a lot of very scary occurrences.
Kosuge isn’t just pulling a scary story out of their butt however. The neighboring Oiran Buchi is said to be haunted by the vengeful spirits of prostitutes who were murdered to hide the wealthy Takeda family’s gold after being hired to entertain their miners. The name of the natural landmark literally means prostitute gorge because the women were thought to have been thrown to their deaths there.
Kosuge is also home to an annual Autumn Earth Blessing festival that will probably introduce all kinds of pseudoscientific, supernatural mumbo jumbo that will explain the freaky things that will inhabit the area. There might be a Resident Evil reference in there too. Whatever it takes to bring zombies to the community!
Kosuge’s zombie outbreak will only be happening for one special night, on November 11th. There’s even a less horrific version you can bring the whole family for during the day from 1 PM to 6 PM, though from 6:30-9:30 PM, visitors will be treated to a truly terrifying”supernatural” experience.
Tickets are available here.