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Hashima Island

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Hashima Island

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Visit Gunkanjima Island (Battleship Island) in Nagasaki
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Nagasaki Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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Nagasaki Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Explore Nagasaki with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you efficiently enjoy a full-day walking tour of Nagasaki and introduce both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient Japanese city.<br><br>Your guide will pick you up in the morning at your hotel in Nagasaki, or anywhere else at your convenience, and take you to visit Nagasaki's famous sites.<br><br>Along with atomic bombing of Nagasaki during WWII, this city's history features many prominent events. You can learn about this and other interesting aspects during this full-day walking tour accompanied by your privte guide.<br><br>Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.<br>Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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Safariholic wrote a review Sep 2020
Horsham, United Kingdom1,897 contributions478 helpful votes
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 between going round and round and round again. What is it ? A large Rock in the sea with a load of abandoned derelict buildings on it. Last occupied (over 5,000 people at its peak) in 1974 when the Mines (Coal) were Closed, it has pretty much remained untouched ever since, and is now declared to dangerous to visit. So you can't visit, nor go close enough to see anything much. A thoroughly grim and derelict Memorial to a Forced Labour Camp, so in its finest hour - a Human Dump. Mostly Koreans, we gathered. Some folks revere the site and claim it resembles a battleship. They have a much more vivid imagination than mine, then.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Gille4Travel wrote a review Jul 2020
Tokyo, Japan61 contributions5 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Grace wrote a review Dec 2019
Hong Kong, China119 contributions8 helpful votes
We made a reservation online, unfortunately we were notified that we could not board the island due to maintenance, we still proceeded with the boat tour. The boat ride was around 2.5 hours, boarded at 0850, do not be late!! We get to see the famous bridges above our heads in Nagasaki on the way and the tour guide (only in Japanese) showed ruins of the past on our way to the island. We stopped by at an island near by Hashima island, where they had a mini museum explaining Hashima island. We toured around Hashima and the sails man were constantly wiping our windows (rain and sea water), so ensure that we got a good 360 view of Hashima. They also helped people take photos outside the deck, since it was too cold and dangerous to do so themselves. Too bad we couldn't board Hashima and see close ups of the island, but nonetheless still a very good experience to hear Japanese side of the story. If interested, please go check out Korean's side of the history, it's drastically the opposite to Japanese's.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Luvingmywine wrote a review Dec 2019
181 contributions80 helpful votes
Due to the recent typhoons, the landing dock was destroyed, so we could only venture out by boat, circle around the island, and leave. I was left without the ability to grasp the island in its form as it remains today. If you are thinking of going, I recommend checking to see if the boats are able to land again.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Keith S wrote a review Dec 2019
Mount Claremont, Australia260 contributions27 helpful votes
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The abandoned site of an island town that used to support undersea coal mines. Having been down a few working coal mines, the idea of being 1km down, in 30c+ heat and close on 100% humidity and also under the sea as well, the working conditions were probably hellish. Bad enough when you are getting paid for it, and many who worked here certainly weren’t . It’s estimated that at least 1000 people died in these mines, so probably a good thing that they are closed. Whatever the back story- it’s a haunting, eerie island- even in the daylight- I’m not sure I’d like to visit at night. At the moment, due to the damage to the landing area, boats are not able to land, but the tour we went on was great- going round the whole island, on what was a flat, smooth day (so, no sea sickness for us), so you could see the town from every angle.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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