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In Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, there is an abandoned amusement park known as Takakanonuma Greenland. It sits in the outskirts of Hobara, a section of the Japanese city of Date. Very little is known about this park, and its exact location is largely unknown. You can’t find it on any Japanese map, as it simply isn’t there. Supposedly, its coordinates are 37°49’02.16″N 140°33’05.78″E, but if they are put into Google Maps, the search will be directed to the center of Hobara. This is inaccurate, since the park is hidden in a mountainous, rural area.

The only major information known about Takakanonuma Greenland is that it opened in 1973, and closed two years later. Some claim that this was due to poor ticket sales and needed renovations, but locals say that it was because of a significant amount of deaths on the rides. Miraculously, the park reopened in 1986, but struggled to remain open due to increased competition from bigger parks such as Tokyo Disneyland, as well as financial trouble. Finally, in 1999, Takakanonuma Greenland closed for good.

Following its closure, the amusement park was left to rot. Photographs from urban explorers who have infiltrated the area show a massive amount of decay. The ferris wheel and the roller coaster are covered in rust, the entrance is covered in graffiti, and the premises are being reclaimed by plants. The most notable feature of the park is the dense fog that always looms over it, giving off a Silent Hill feel. Like the information about the area, there is very little photography and video of it.

Allegedly, Takakanonuma Greenland was demolished in 2006, and now sits as an empty lot. However, in 2007, a citizen of the United Kingdom named Bill Edwards claimed to have visited an untouched, completely intact park. Supposedly, he took numerous pictures that were identical to those taken before the park’s supposed demolition, showing the same rusty, forgotten rides. However, according rumor, when uploading these photos, only one appeared on his computer. This picture shows the entrance to the park on a foggy night, illuminated by the flash from the camera. In the center of this picture, you can barely make out the figure of what looks like a six year old girl in a white dress. She appears to be staring at the photographer with a serious, indifferent face.

The girl has never been identified, and the whereabouts of Bill Edwards are currently unknown…

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The above was a recently submitted pasta, but it’s about a very real place. Takakanonuma Greenland did, in fact, exist. You can Google image search the name and come across a host of creepy photos of the misty, decaying amusement park. Some people claim that it’s the basis for the creepy amusement park/portal to the spirit world in Spirited Away, though I cannot find any confirmation of that particular theory. The park has even been tied to the mysterious rusty clown head that I use as my avatar – though it seems that almost every single abandoned amusement park has been named as the source of the image (most popular theory is that it’s from a park in Chernobyl, but I’ve seen many people saying that’s not true at all).

If you’re interested in reading more about Takakanonuma Greenland, here are some links:

Late At Night: Location #1: The Abandoned Takakanonuma Greenland Park, Japan
Takakanonuma Greenland @ Tumblr’s abandonedplaces
Tofugu: Japan’s Abandoned Amusement Parks
Takakanonuma Greenland @ AtlasObscura
Dark Roasted Blend: Abandoned Amusement Parks in Asia

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  • Meg

    I like hearing about true stories, they add to creepiness for me. Even if not everything about it is true, I still find it really neat. I would have loved to visit, if they hadn’t already torn it down.

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    • Peter

      Shut up meg!

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      • lois

        peter shut up.

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        • Stewie

          Obey me woman!

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  • MrsPatrickBateman

    I love stories based on real places/events. It really adds to the creepiness. The pictures of the park are amazing, I would love to be able to go and photograph that place. Well maybe not. :)

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    • Anonymous

      I do too

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  • Sepia

    Hey!

    This is not a review, per se. It’s a commentary on creepypastas. You have been warned.

    If Creepypastas, as a mini-genre, had a mother, it would be the urban legend. These may be more or less true stories clouded by retelling, or they may simply be a sort of folk meme distributed along teen gossip lines. The important thing is that they’re a) spread widely and b) have dubious truthiness. They’re also often very creepy because they’re essentially plausible and often feature seriously weird stuff.

    Creepypastas can be said to be intentional, fictitious urban legends, at least originally. The most famous ones certainly had all the trappings of urban legends – Candle Cove, Slenderman, Russian Sleep Experiment etc. Even now, a lot of good creepypastas adhere to the ‘urban legend formula': simply said, make it short and plausible but with fantastic elements. Disseminate, then let the audience do the rest.

    This pasta reminded me of most of the ‘earlier’ crop of creepies. You get the sense that you are reading a mostly factual account of a place, before the rumors of creepy things (which may or may not be true) appear. IMO the relatively small part devoted to creepiness is intentional; these serve to prod the reader to find out more and add to the myth. This is also why ambiguity is added.

    Slendy and BEN Drowned evolved this way. Slendy was originally a postscript added to an account about a library fire, whilst BEN Drowned was just a glitchy cartridge. Now they have entire mythologies and ARGs.

    Takakanonuma Greenland is indeed creepy, but it’s not really due to the author, IMO. What he/she does is essentially emphasize the creepiness, which is already there, then spread the word.

    As for the pasta itself, I thought it was standard fare as these things go. The small detail about ghosts and photographs accentuate the already creepy nature of an abandoned, foggy theme park. Overall, I found it a nice retread of retro pastas, but this is essentially purely sentimental. As such, I won’t give a score. 10/10 for the world for inspiring us though.

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    • Chris

      I don’t understand why people hate you for giving out your thoughts ..

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  • http://www.scgm.deviantart.com darthknight

    This is really creepy. Abandoned amusement parks creep me out for some reason.

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    • Shaspio

      Does Silent Hill 3: The Homecoming, and the second Silent Hill movie Revelations ring any bells? I’d hate to go to a theme park at night. Pretty much purely cause of that game, and the movie based on it.

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  • hereiam

    This themepark isnt the inspiration for the park in spirited away. Japan has ‘World Heritage’ sites that are basically preserved old towns, sort of like how america has preserved settlement forts and Harpers Ferry type places. There is one located near Studio Ghibli that Miyazaki walked to very often, and that was the inspiration. Studio Ghibli is located in tokyo so I dont think this place is just a walk away haha.

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  • dannywhite

    i googled that and that fog cloud is really there thats some creepy shit but cool :)

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  • dannywhite

    i googled imaged that and that fog cloud is really there its pretty creepy not gonna lie but cool :)

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  • BlackandWhiteMonster

    I looked it up on google earth and it said it couldnt find it

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  • Jon

    Ugh, “A Silent Hill feel”? What a cop-out. Otherwise good, but that phrase betrays the youth of the writer without adding any significant information.

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  • RubySun

    I liked it, reading it gave me the chills and spiked my curiosity:]

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  • http://Courtesycraft.com Eeirail

    I do not like how you said the thing about Silent Hill. To me it felt like you were insulting my ability to feel from description. Other then that I rather like this.

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  • Reader

    Aside from also disliking the ‘silent hill’ bit, I also did not like the reference to coordinate points. Uhm, if the ‘supposed’ longitude/latitude direct to another location then obviously… they are not the correct ones. I mean, the place exists and it isn’t floating in some time-space continuum. Adding that part doesn’t make it more mysterious, more like someone doesn’t know how to read a map. I thought that part was completely extraneous.

    The rest was creepy though.

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  • Professor

    I really can’t figure what makes this park description so creepy for people and why is this Creepypasta anyway. It’s not even a story, just a description obviously inspired by Silent Hill. It was just an abandoned park that ran out of business since it was not popular and probably too far away from populated areas. Fog is a common phenomenon in many places and does not make all those places creepy, especially when it is not dense, as you can see in Google photos. Too many obvious references and classic moves: significant amount of deaths on the rides (although no reports can be found and I don’t believe that the Japanese would make such unreliable machines), Silent Hill, photographs no one has seen, little girl in white dress, Bill Edwards gone missing after visiting the place (although he never existed and there are no reports about his disappearance).

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  • Chica

    I liked it! It held my attention and I found it to have just enough creepiness. I love looking at pics of abandoned amusement parks and reading about their histories (rise & fall). 8/10

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    • http://creepypasta Lily

      Me too

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  • ThePastaGeek

    The best stories are the real ones since it actually happened and its possible so it actually scares people and thats the point of CreepyPasta.

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  • Alex

    I like this creepypasta and all the information on the missing guy, and his whereabouts in unknown. But, can someone explain to me about the little girl. Thats what give my mind a twister, if you tell me about the little girl and her story, then this creepypasta would be good. 9/10 for me.

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  • TechnoViking

    Nice pasta, here’s some more info on it http://bloggitos.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/takakanuma-greenland-is-no-more/

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  • Did someone just say weeaboo?

    *brandishes paddle*

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  • http://creepypasta Lily

    I love this story! I cant find the picture of the girl in the white dress tho….

    @Chica about the abandon amusement parks thing… so do I!! :3

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  • RaNdoM

    How bout that ending?

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  • AusGamer38

    This is fantastic, nicely put together I love it. 10 stars all the way :D

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  • Flash

    Does anyone have the photo where he claims there is a little girl wearing a white dress in the entrance of the park?

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  • ninja368

    Anybody looking for the photo of the girl. Type in the name of the park then Bill Edwards, it’s there and it’s creepy as fuck…..

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  • Basse

    Even tough the story about Bill’s disappearance really got me hooked, there’s still very little knowlegde of him. As much as I’d love this story to be true, I highly doubt it. I mean, it could easily have been one from creepypasta that made Bill Edward’s character up, or someoe else just to make the place seem more interesting. I cannot find anything online that proves Bill has ever existed or in fact is/was an urban explorer. It’s just the same old story that repeats itself on every page. If Bill is in fact real and did write about his paranormal experiences online then it is hidden well. I really find this story fascinating so if anyone know more than I do please comment I would really appreciate it.

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  • Karis L.

    The “Silent Hill” part kind of made it a bit corny, but it was good aside from that.

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