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Hashima Island

Address: Nagasaki 851-1315, Nagasaki Prefecture
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Ranked #2 of 145 Attractions in Nagasaki
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We traveled using a JR Rail Pass from Osaka to get to Nagasaki just to go on the tour of this island. It was worth it, though! The boat ride was great and you really get a good view of the entire island (although it is hard to take photos when everyone else is also trying to get a nice... More 

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Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Interesting site about 30 minutes by boat from Nagasaki. You will be part of a Japanese tour with English audio.... When on the boat and on the three sites on the island, the Japanese tour guide will go on and on in Japanese while assistants hold up photos appropriate to what he is saying. You will have an audio guide... More 

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Melbourne
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We made sure whilst in Nagasaki to visit Hashima, also known as Battleship Island. It's only 30 minutes ride on a boat from Nagasaki Harbor, our trip was pretty rough on choppy seas, I've heard this is a pretty common experience, so if you get seasick take precautions. The boat ride has a commentary all in Japanese, but we were... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Gunkanjima (Hashima) is a former coal mining island about a 25min boat ride off the coast of Nagasaki, the island is mostly man made and started off as just a small rocky island which was later expanded and developed to accommodate the coal mines and necessary facilities for the small population who lived their lives there. Of course it's famous... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I had wanted to see Hashima Island for a few years as I find this type of abandoned area very interesting to take photos of. I knew what to expect before going, so being able to walk on a relatively small area of the island was not surprising. The tour guide only spoke Japanese, but this was not a problem... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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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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
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 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
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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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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