Six Creepiest Places To Visit On A Vacation
Are you thinking of a creepy once in a lifetime kind of vacation? Then here is a list of some of the creepiest places around the world for you to visit. A piece of advice – don’t go with the kids as they’ll freak out!
The Door To Hell – Turkmenistan
The name “Door To Hell” was given by locals to this natural gas field in Darweze, Turkmenistan, that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater.
It was lit by a scientist in the year of 1971 to prevent the spread of deadly methane gas and it continues to burn up till date and still continues. Geologists estimated the presence of an infinite amount of natural gas there.
The golden glow from ‘Door To Hell’ can be seen from miles away from the spot and the crater is a popular tourist attraction.
Suicide Forest (Aokigahara Forest) – Japan
Remember the movie Forest? The forest was actually not fiction – it is real! Located at the base of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara forest is also known as “Suicide Forest.”
The trees of the forest are so dense that they block all wind and almost all wildlife from existing in the forest; as a result, the forest is known to be exceptionally quiet.
Japanese mythology also associates the forest with demons. Today the place is also a popular place for suicides, giving the forest its creepy nickname.
Aoshima – Japan
Also known as the island of cats; the remote town called Aoshima is located in southern Japan. Cats vastly outnumber the actual population of humans on the island of Aoshima by a ratio of 6 to 1.
The Island was once home to about 900 people in 1945. Today, it is home to mostly pensioners who didn’t seek work elsewhere after World War II and cats curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village.
Cats have long been thought by the locals to represent luck and good fortune, and doubly so if you feed and care for them. Thus, the cats are treated like kings, and although most are feral because keeping them as “pets” is generally considered inappropriate, they are well-fed and well-cared-for by a “Cat Witch” on the island.
Capela dos Ossos – Évora, Portugal
Located next to the Church of St. Francis in the medieval Portuguese town of Evora, Capela dos Ossos – Évora, is a 16th-century chapel also known as the “Chapel of Bones.”
The structure is a large room built by a weird monk who completely adorned the interiors with the bones of over 5,000 monks. As creepy and scary as this chapel may sound, it actually is a place of worship.
Nagoro – Japan
With a population ratio of only 35 humans to 350 human-sized dolls, the little town called Nagoro is absolutely on of the creepiest places on earth!
64-year-old artist Ayano Tsukimi had the brilliant, but the depressing idea of creating life-sized doll replacements for each of the people, who once lived there. She continues to make a new one each time someone dies or leaves town.
The dolls are propped up and arranged throughout the town; doing whatever their living counterparts used to do, which presumably was creeping out everyone who passed through the weird town.
It’s just a matter of time before there’s nobody left here, but lifeless and creepy dolls. Perhaps ghosts of dead locals will come back and take over the dolls. Creepy!
The Island of the Dolls – Mexico
This tiny island near Mexico City was inhabited by a recluse named Julián Santana Barrera who hung up the discarded dolls he found floating in surrounding river for 50 years to appease the spirit of a girl who drowned nearby; which he said haunted him until he died of a heart attack near the same river. Akodessewa Fetish Market – Togo
Shrunken heads, skulls, and flesh are all wares sold in this market. These supplies are used by those who practice the indigenous fetish religions of the country.
You sure do not want to upset anyone around there so they don’t cast a spell on you!