A Visit to Gunkanjima

4 February 2022 ● less than 1 min read ● 1 image
A Visit to Gunkanjima

In December I visited Hashima, the deserted island off the coast of Nagasaki more commonly known as Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island.

Once the most densely populated place on earth, Hashima has been empty since the coal mines that sit beneath the island closed in 1974.

Tours to Hashima allow visitors to get a glimpse of what remains of the island and see how it's concrete apartment buildings have turned to ruins following 50 years of unforgiving storms and vicious typhoons. It's a fascinating insight into what it must have been like to live in one of the most unique communities in Japan.

You can see more photos and read more about my trip and the history of Hashima here:


Awesome, I've been wanting to visit there too, saw a TV show about it just last week also.

Cool. Thanks for posting the Google streetview link as well.

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