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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, Outdoors
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Tokyo, Japan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
7 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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382 reviews 382 reviews
233 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
19 helpful votes 19 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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