Top 10 Scariest Japanese Urban Legends


Top 10 Scariest Japanese Urban Legends

Hey, guys! Dice Rollen here with a list of ten urban legends from Japan. There’s nothing quite like the Japanese culture is there? What with their fear of ghost girls, pop-ups & visits to the toilet. Anyway without further ado, these are my top ten scariest Japanese urban legends!


Double Bed

According to this legend you should never sleep in a double bed alone. If you do you have to make sure not to sleep on your side. If you do a ghost will lay down on the floor beside the bed & sleep there with you until you get rid of it. If you don’t get rid of it, it will lay down right beside you & you’ll hear it’s breathing. If you still refuse to get rid of the ghost, it’ll plop itself down on your bed & the mattress will start shaking as it jumps up & down on it.
Yes, I do realize this might make it difficult for you to sleep tonight.


Red Paper, Blue Paper

This is a legend that has a few variations, but in everyone some poor unfortunate sucker ends up dead. In is this particular version, there would be a creature or spirit of some sort who would lurk in the girls’ restroom. At some point they would hear someone asking them if they wanted red paper or blue paper. If they chose red, they would be skinned alive. And if they chose blue, they would be drained of all their blood. Welcome to Japan! Not even the shitter’s safe.


Cow’s Head

Apparently this is a legend that is so pants shittingly horrifying that you can’t find the actual story anywhere. And ironically that’s what makes it so frightening. Your own imagination conjuring up what could possibly be so mentally scarring is likely worse than anything else. If someone were told the story of Cow’s Head they would eventually die of fright.


The 10 Dreams

This legend, as the name suggests, centers around you having ten consecutive dreams that contain instructions that you must follow. I’m going to tell you each of the dreams & if you hear them there’s a chance that you’ll have these dreams. So if you’d rather avoid that then I recommend you skip ahead a bit.
In the first dream you’ll be sleeping in your bedroom & you’ll see a girl outside your window. You have to let her in.
In the second dream you’ll see the girl inside your bedroom, but you won’t see her face because she’s looking down & her hair covers her face. She will seem to be mumbling something, you’ll eventually find that she’s saying ‘Please’ repeatedly. You must let her climb into your bed & you must lay next to her.
In the third dream you & the girl are laying in your bed, now you can see the girl’s face more clearly. She is severely burned. You must not scream at seeing her face.
In the fourth dream you will get out of your bed & the girl will say that she wants to go to the park. You must take the girl to the nearest park & not say a word.
In the fifth dream you will be at the park & you’ll someone pushing a baby stroller. You’ll look closer & see that the mother is a cat & the infant is a dog. You must kill one of them.
In the sixth dream you & the girl will be playing in the park & an airship will start to take off. You must get on the airship before it leaves.
In the seventh dream the airship will be filled with people who have heard this legend. You must find your seat no matter what.
In the eighth dream red & black roses will start to rain down on you. You must throw out all the black roses.
In the ninth dream the airship will come back to the park. You must take the girl home & lay in bed again.
Now the tenth dream is completely unknown, unless you follow all the rules from the previous dreams. You also have to tell someone this legend while awake. If you don’t you will have to repeat these dreams.



Japanese architecture is fascinating & quite beautiful, but beauty has a price apparently. The pillars of these buildings may very well be hiding bodies. This is a form of sacrifice that traces back to the era of the samurai. Whoever was signing up to be a hitobashira would commit suicide & have their bodies places in the building or foundation. The Japanese believed that their spirit would be the guardian of that building & would repel evil spirits. The really interesting part about this legend is that it’s true. A case of a hitobashira actually happened in the 17th century.


Noh Masks

These masks are known as one of the most terrifying legends in Japan. The reason for this is not just because of their appearance, but because of what they can do. According to the legend the masks absorb all sorts of negative energy & emotions. So when someone puts one on it takes control of the wearer & drains the negative aura to the point of making them rot. It will then place the deceased person on it’s next owner like some kind of parasite.


Kuchisake Onna

Otherwise known as the Split Mouth Woman, she’s kind of like the original Jeff the Killer. Her story warns child mostly about a woman in a trench coat & a surgical mask. She will come towards you asking you if she’s beautiful. Unfortunately this is one of those cases where there is no right answer. Because if you say no, she’ll decapitate you with her giant scissors. If you say yes, she’ll take the mask off to show you her mutilated face before asking if you still think she’s beautiful. At this point no matter how you answer she’ll cut you in half. So obviously the best plan is to throw her off with an answer like-Eh…


Red Room Curse

Only the Japanese people could make pop-ups terrifying. The Red Room Curse goes like this, an odd pop-up appears on your computer that has a red door. It asked you if you like the red room, if you go through its questions your name will appear on a list of other names. It’s highly likely that you’d recognize the names on the list as your friends’ & familys’. These are the people who will be killed. However the day after the pop-up appears you will be found dead with the walls of your room covered in your blood.



This is a woman who had either purposely or accidentally fallen onto the tracks of an oncoming subway train. Thus she was cut in half. She now haunts around Japan without anything from the torso down by pulling herself along. The sound that she makes with her sharp fingers produces a “teke-teke-teke” sound which is what gave her her name. Her goal is to grab you & cut you in half with her scythe.


Inunaki Village

This is one of those mysterious villages that’s basically a Japanese version of the Burmuda Triangle. Apparently a lot of people aren’t even sure if it ever existed in the first place. It’s definitely not a place you’d want to find however because a few different reasons. First off, the people who live in the village are supposedly murderous cannibals who practice incest. Electronic devices also don’t work there. And if that’s not enough, there’s a sign at the entrance to the village reading ‘The laws & constitution of Japan do not apply here’. Anyone who looks for this place usually doesn’t come back. And for that reason alone is why this village deserved the number one spot… As if the cannibals weren’t enough.

And that was my list of ten of the scariest Japanese urban legends. I hope you enjoyed this video, if you did give it a like to let me know. And don’t forget to leave a comment down below. Do you agree with this list? What are some creepy Japanese legends that you know of? Also don’t forget to share this video to help the channel grown & subscribe for more videos like this!

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