I received this message from a haunted location enthusiast in Kyoto. After digging through research and visiting the location, they've discovered a goldmine of mystery!
Was looking at an abandoned place or two yesterday and thought of you.
So around Yawatashi’s Otokoyama there are a bunch of abandoned buildings.
My favorite I call “the murder hours” but I think it’s just an abandoned ryokan.
Yesterday my buddy and I wanted to check it out. We walked past the obvious no entry stairway that’s on every haunted place website and found there are more abandoned structures here than expected. First a little one room looking house, then a garage, then a massive long house going back into the mountain.
Here we followed a staircase beside the house (the only place we saw with clear “do not enter” signs) and ended up in a cemetery in a bamboo forest.
I didn’t take many photos because I didn’t know if this was the “haunted” location and neighbors seem wary of people investigating the abandoned buildings.
It’s possible we just looked at an abandoned house and the so-called hospital is hidden deeper in the forest on the mountain.
Thought you might find it interesting and fun to investigate yourself next time you’re in Kyoto. I think you’d be much more successful at sleuthing out if anything did happen out at these abandoned properties and/or if the “hospital” ever existed at all.
It’s got an interesting mix of potential haunting(s) but also just people making up stories to suit the creepy atmosphere (and we know belief can sometimes be enough to create something).
Here’s a link to one site I found that mentions the hospital:
And here’s some creepy photos just because! I was scared of spiders so didn’t get too close to buildings.
This is supposedly the way to the hospital, but it’s impossible to enter safely. It also would access the cable car tracks and supposedly a boy died that way once.
And just because I love that abandoned ryokan (and the dolls)! I don’t know any history about the building, but it’s got such a personality. It feels alive but sleeping.
And that’s my novel
Hope all is well! I always think of you when I see creepy things here.
The more I’m reading the more murky it gets.
There’s a lot of confusion and unclear records keeping plus rumors floating around. What is clear is that the area is creepy enough that locals don’t want to live near the station or go to the cemetery I was in. The only 100% clear thing is a 16 year old boy was killed by the cable car trying to get to the haunted location in the mountain. The two big buildings I saw are definitely ryokans. The hospital/sanitarium/monastery that may or may not have ever existed (or was demolished or never finished to start with) is deeper in the mountain and totally unmarked in maps. No one seems to have proof it exists or existed (or any of them since it could be 1-3 different locations or nothing at all!)
I’m living for this mystery now.
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