075 Toyama Castle / Park

A photo of Toyama Park Hakoneyama area (the entrance of south side), Toyama, shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Is Toyama Park Haunted?

Is Toyama Park haunted? Listed as one of Japan’s most haunted places, Toyama Park is home to some of the most devastating stories Ghostly has ever told. Is it filled with lost souls or haunted only by painful memories?

Questions Explored in this Episode

Where is Toyama Park? What is Toyama Castle and who lived there? What was Unit 731, and why it’s dark history rarely told? Who is buried in the park, and why do people believe their souls are not at rest? Is the park filled with ghosts?

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History of Toyama Park

Pat explores the history Toyama Park from it’s beginnings as a large castle to it’s life as a beautiful park filled with cherry blossoms. But in between its history became much darker. During World War II, Unit 731 committed unspeakable atrocities.

The Debate

Rebecca and Pat debate the ghost stories told about Toyama Park. The ghost stories include a man’s voice heard on Hakone Yama and the hitodamas seen by locals of souls leaving their bodies.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyama_Castle
Culture Trip: https://theculturetrip.com/asia/japan/articles/toyama-park-the-most-haunted-place-in-the-heart-of-tokyo/
YouTube (Sharla in Japan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTTIgq1Yves
SoraNews24: https://soranews24.com/2017/02/21/toyama-park-where-skeletal-remains-of-over-100-people-are-said-to-have-been-found%E3%80%90haunted-tokyo%E3%80%91/
The Ghost in my Machine: https://theghostinmymachine.com/2019/05/13/haunted-globetrotting-toyama-park-hakone-yama-shinjuku-and-the-ghosts-of-unit-731-tokyo-japan/
Magical Trip Media: https://media.magical-trip.com/recommended-tokyo-sightseeing-spot-toyama-park-haunted-site-tokyo/
Travel Triangle: https://traveltriangle.com/blog/haunted-places-in-tokyo/
Japan Travel: https://en.japantravel.com/article/six-spirit-sighting-spots-in-tokyo/67027
Azamara: https://www.azamara.com/blog/ten-haunted-travel-destinations

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com