With a reputation of spiritual encounters and unexplainable circumstances, Aoyama Tunnel has gained much attention from television programs, online blogs, and national psychics.
Not to be confused with Old Aoyama Tunnel (Old Gotani Tunnel), Aoyama Tunnel is located along Route 165 – connecting Kyoto, Osaka, and Mie.
Although dense with traffic during the day, after sunset the tunnel is dimly lit and rarely used.
A number of urban legends exist about the tunnel, including:
- engine failure at the mouth of the tunnel, in which a shadow figure can be seen sprinting across the road or towards the car
- a ghost will enter the car and ride the duration of the tunnel
- anyone who reaches out of the window while travelling through the tunnel will have black hair wrapped around their fingers
On the west side of the tunnel, there are also rumours surrounding a green telephone box.
At night people have spotted a woman and child standing with their heads bowed outside the telephone box.
It is believed that the phone will ring at midnight, and anyone who receives the call will hear words of a deceased person trying to communicate with their loved ones.
Telephone box: https://goo.gl/maps/U6Y8RcbrAhm
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