Abandoned since 1974, the concrete blocks of buildings on Hashima Island, a World Heritage Site, stand as silent witnesses to the island’s unsettling history. Noted for its underwater coal mines, the tiny islet off the coast of Nagasaki was the site of a forced labor camp for Chinese POW’s and Korean civilians. They were residents of the now ruined apartment blocks, once the most densely populated space in the world. Take a guided tour of the ghost town surrounded by sea, and discover the remnants of the once bustling blocks, worn down by the harsh weather and forces of nature. Plan to see Hashima Island and other attractions that appeal to you using our Nagasaki trip planner.
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As part of a day-long visit to Nagasaki, this comprised the Main Event - a boat trip out here to Hashima Island or Gunkanjima or 'Battleship Island' - 40/45 mins out and 40/45 back with 30 in... more »
Nice harbor cruise en route to Gunkanjima. Book direct at the harbor office for the 9 or 13 departures. Right now only Japanese guidance is offered which limits the learning from the experience. more »
YouTube brought me here. The abandoned Starbucks brought tears to my eyes. The green marque now fading like hot steam rising above the goats milk froth from a creamy triple mocha doodle.
I liked it because the way it looked and because of the history of the island made it so much more unique and interesting.
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