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Hashima Island

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Address: Nagasaki 851-1315, Nagasaki Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 9046075947
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Good Tour of Unusual UNESCO Site

Visiting Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, as Hashima Island is called, was a great way to break up my obsession with old Japan and do something a bit different. If you are tired... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
JourneysFromSeattle
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Seattle, Washington

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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a tour to the island but were unable to dock due to bad weather conditions. Overall the tour was disappointing. There were over 100 people on the boat. Everyone had to remain in their seat for the duration of the trip. The boat was on two levels, an open air upper deck and a closed lower deck. We... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visiting Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, as Hashima Island is called, was a great way to break up my obsession with old Japan and do something a bit different. If you are tired of temple hopping, this might be the tour for you. The visuals are compelling - apocalyptic decaying buildings - a whole island of them. I went on a... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't actually set foot on the island but cruised around it on ship. This is a ghost settlement that was once a thriving community for workers at the undersea coal mine on which it was built. When the coal ran out, they left. Very spooky but beautiful in a way. Would have liked to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

One of the most special visits I ever made was on this new Unesco World Heritage site. The island can be visited by prebooked tours by ship. A very memorable trip to see this industrial island once with the highest population density on Earth. Nagasaki Concierge offers English audioguides.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

My brother suggested we visit Hashima Island and I wasn't sold on the idea. But I'm so glad we went. It was like nothing else and incredibly interesting. The boat ride there and back was also a nice way to see Nagasaki and learn about particular structures along the coast.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

If you like the idea of seeing a place frozen in time that illustrates how quickly a place will deteriorate in the absence of humans, come to Hashima/Gunkanjima. This was also the inspiration for the villain's lair in Skyfall. I went several years ago when there were only Japanese tour options, and I enjoyed it despite not speaking any Japanese,... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

I had high expectations because a lot of my friends recommended me to come here. First of all everything is quite well organised and the island is worth a trip, but if you expect explanations in english you will not get them. Instead you have to wait in the sun for an hour and listen to japanese explenations. Furthermore the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

We reserved an English tour through Gunkanjima Concierge Company. We spent about 30 minutes on the island, all in a very contained area of the island. There was no exploring on your own. The English part was radio headsets that kept going in and out, so we missed some of the information. The island itself was enjoyable to see, as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Really one of these experiences where the photos don't tell the whole story. I booked in on line with Gunkanjima Concierge which are base a hop and a skip from Hotel Monterey where I was staying. Turned up at 0950 and we got underway at 1030. Audio guides were available but needed a little jiggling to get to work properly.... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

It's been stated on several websites that Gunkanjima Island was the location for the abandoned island scene in 'Skyfall', although this is not true, as the island merely seems to have been the inspiration for it (the film's island is CGI and the exterior shots were filmed in the UK). However, that strange feeling you had when watching the film... More 

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