Since 2007, parents in Kyoto, Japan have embraced a terrifying new tradition each summer: the Yokai Train, which is allegedly a form of entertainment, but seems to be designed specifically for scaring the hell out of young children.
Built by the Keifuku Electric Railroad Company, the commuter train is adorned inside and out with frightening images, rigged with creepy lighting and sound effects, and staffed with a menagerie of assorted monsters (“yokai” is Japanese for "monster" or "apparition"), ghosts and demons.
According to Oddity Central, the ride has been quite effective in shocking misbehaving youngsters (who, oddly enough, often make friends with the costumed nightmares by the ride's end), and has become one of the city's most popular summertime attractions. Watch the clip below to get an idea of what's in store for the young passengers:
If you're looking for more interactive horror-themed fun on your next visit to Japan, you might try visiting Universal Studios for a game of Resident Evil Laser Tag.