Westworld is the ultimate escapist HBO show, both for the audience that watches it and the fictional attendees who frequent the park. Surprisingly, there is a real-life Westworld in Japan. Unfortunately, it's been closed for over a decade.
Western Village was a Wild West-themed amusement park that opened in Japan in 1975. And just like in Westworld, Western Village was populated with animatronic cowboys and townspeople. That alone is a bit odd, but it's not the creepy part. Western Village closed in 2007, but instead of getting torn down, it was simply abandoned. Much of the park remains intact and accessible to curious visitors.
There's something inherently eerie about an abandoned amusement park. The “Land of Oz” park in North Carolina and the Dreamland park in Japan serve as perfect examples of unnerving theme parks. Regardless, the concept of the abandoned Western Village is brilliant, and at times, it can make you feel like you're actually in the Old West.
Realistic Animatronics Are Strewn Throughout The ParkVideo: YouTube
There's An Animatronic John Wayne At The Park EntranceVideo: YouTube
The Mount Rushmore Replica Is Filled With Teddy BearsPhoto: John S Lander/Contributor / LightRocket/Getty Images
The Park Has Its Own Mount Rushmore
There's A Cowboy Haunted House
The Park Has A Real Church Imported From California