This Drive-Thru Haunted House in Japan is Bloody Scary–But They Wash Your Car After Terror is Over


It’s safe to say the drive-thru car wash experience is similar around the world: You pay your money, make sure all the windows are closed so you don’t get soaked, then let brushes and water jets do their thing until the cycle is finished and you can drive away in your sparklingly clean vehicle.

That’s not quite how things are working at this ghoulish Tokyo pop-up experience.

At Kowagarasetai Obakeyashiki, drive into the darkness of a covered downtown parking garage, and expect to wail and howl as blood lashes the windows, haunted zombies scratch at the doors, and terrifying ghouls rock the car.

Don’t worry: Once you’ve lived through the ‘stuck in a vehicle in a zombie apocalypse’ experience, your car will be thoroughly sterilized and wiped clean.

You can even place your order for an “extra bloody” experience—a $9 add-on.

For haunted house and horror event production company Kowagarasetai–aka the “the Scaredy Squad”–the idea of doing a haunted car wash actually came about because of the pandemic.

“With the virus, I knew there would be no way we could have a traditional haunted house, with all that screaming in a small confined space,” founder Kenta Iwana told CNN Travel. “When I read that drive-through theaters were making a comeback, it was my ‘aha’ moment.”

With that spark, Iwana and the actors have created a thrillingly disturbing experience.

If you aren’t in the Japanese capital, or if you don’t have $75 to spend on going through the zombie wringer right now, just watch the digital version of the experience. Lights out, let’s go.