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Hashima Island

Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 851-1315, Japan
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Ranked #2 of 138 Attractions in Nagasaki
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Singapore, Singapore
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Hashima island or Gunkanjima (battleship) island is located about 30 mins boat ride from Nagasaki harbour. Very interesting to see how nature has started to reclaim the island back from human habitation since it was abandoned in 1974. We took the Black Diamond tour company but the tour itself was a bit of let down as the guides only introduced... More

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Gold Coast
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129 reviews 129 reviews
6 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Hashima (Gunkanjima) is a small island 19 kilometers from Nagasaki where in 1890 The Mitsubushi Corporation began a full-scale seabed coal mining operation. In 1916 Japan's first reinforced concrete high-rise apartment building was constructed to house the growing population. Surrounded by a sea wall, the island measures only 480 meters by 160 meters, but at it's peak around 1960 its... More

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Rennes, France
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The island is quite big, but only 3 small areas can be seen, which is frustrating. A guide explain the history of the site, but only in Japanese language. The boat trip to and from the island is very pleasant.

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Canberra, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is a must if you are in or close to Nagasaki. The island has an eerie post-apocalyptic wasteland like presence to it and is like nothing we have ever seen or experienced before. It makes for some interesting photos and is rated as one of the creepiest places on earth. Hashima Island was certainly the highlight of Nagasaki for... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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314 reviews 314 reviews
178 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Approaching the island is like seeing a 'ghost ship' that's been adrift at sea for decades. Stepping onto Hashima is like walking into a post-apocalyptic world (ironic that this is here in Nagasaki). Seeing a city in ruins due to abandonment and subsequent natural deterioration is quite interesting...and humbling. Only complaint is not getting closer/inside the buildings (I understand it's... More

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Reutlingen, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The history of this island is amazing. The stories about how people lived and worked on the island is really interesting. Of course being part of a James Bond movie helps a lot too. The tour itself is not that interesting. While on the boat you can watch a movie about the history, life and work on the island but... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A trip to this island is a must when being in Nagasaki. There are two options. One is to only go there and circle the island. The second is to land. Due to weather and possible damage caused by typhoons, landing is not always possible. We did a trip including landing. It is not cheap but worth it. The atmosphere... More

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Ashiya, Japan
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were very lucky to go on a day that we could land and walk around on the tour. Apparently this only happens 1/3 of the year.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Really, do you need more? Well, you get it. The people are extremely friendly, and connections are good, if not exceedongly regilar. Though keep your eye on your watch, the last bus is quite early.

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Top Contributor
877 reviews 877 reviews
668 attraction reviews
629 helpful votes 629 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The reason you go is to see a ghost island. What was full of life, full of industry, full of modern buildings is now an abandoned, silent crumbling legacy of what was. Coal was the dominating factor and our tour company gunkanjima-concierge.com made sure we knew the full history. Refreshingly for Japan we were given a comprehensive English explanation. Before... More

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