Hey everyone!  I recently went to see “Skyfall” in the theater (gr8 movie), and to my surprise, Hashima Island (also known as Gukanjima or Battleship island) was a location. 
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Gunkanjima was a tiny island off the coast of Japan.  It was surrounded by underwater coal mines (Japan’s main export at the time), and so became home to thousands of workers and their families.  These workers were forced into very close quarters, the concrete apartment blocks crammed together on the tiny island. The island’s weather is incredibly hostile, and for a good portion of the year, the island is flooded because of large waves.  
As of 2009, ships are allowed to dock on Hashima’s shores, but you have to have special permission to get closer to the buildings, as many of them are falling apart. 

Hey everyone!  I recently went to see “Skyfall” in the theater (gr8 movie), and to my surprise, Hashima Island (also known as Gukanjima or Battleship island) was a location. 

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Gunkanjima was a tiny island off the coast of Japan.  It was surrounded by underwater coal mines (Japan’s main export at the time), and so became home to thousands of workers and their families.  These workers were forced into very close quarters, the concrete apartment blocks crammed together on the tiny island. The island’s weather is incredibly hostile, and for a good portion of the year, the island is flooded because of large waves. 

As of 2009, ships are allowed to dock on Hashima’s shores, but you have to have special permission to get closer to the buildings, as many of them are falling apart. 

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Battleship Island - Japan’s Rotting Metropolis (via Viceland)

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Battleship Island - Japan’s Rotting Metropolis (via Viceland)

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// Gunkanjima (Battleship Island)//

Location:  Hashima Island, Japan

Status:  Abandoned Ghost Town

Hashima is a small island off the coast of Nagasaki.  The Japanese call it Gunkajima, or Battleship Island, because of its resemblance to a battleship.  The island was once home to a prosperous coal mine, and had an incredibly dense population for its small size.

 

Above:  Stairway to Hell

Below:  Crisscrossing Stairwells 

 

The island was surrounded by large seawalls, and inhabited by great ten-story concrete buildings.  These buildings were the first of their kind, the blueprint for future apartments throughout the world.  The island contained schools, bathhouses, restaurants, and shrines.  Most of the apartments could only be accessed through one staircase dubbed the “Stairway to hell”.

For years, the coal mines flourished, however, in the 1960’s mines all over Japan began closing, as petroleum was in higher demand.  Because of this, the mine in Hashima closed in 1974, and all of its inhabitants left.    

In 2009, a path was cleared for visitors, and tourists can now tour a small part of the island.  However, many areas are unsafe, as the buildings are collapsing, and have not had any upkeep.  Also, because of the island’s harsh weather, it cannot be toured year round.   

For More Information:  

http://magnesiumagency.com/2010/02/10/gunkanjima-battleship-island/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashima_Island

http://atlasobscura.com/place/gubkanjima-island

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