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Gunkanjima, Nagasaki, Japan

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Aug. 10th, 2009 | 12:49 am
posted by: aske in abandonedplaces

Apologies to those on my friends list copping this twice. ;)

No doubt a lot of people in this community are aware of Gunkanjima and have seen quite a lot of photos of its remains. Anyway, in April this year it was opened to landing tours after decades of little to no human activity, and by coincidence I'd moved to a nearby prefecture in April this year. I decided to take a trip there a couple of days ago.

I'm not quite sure what to think of the experience. Certainly, I'm glad for having visited, but going there with a boatload of other sightseers and being herded around a small fraction of the island without actually going near any buildings (as expected, safety concerns and so forth) detracts from the sense of isolation and abandonment that you look for in these places. I envy the resourceful adventurers who were able to travel here and have freedom of movement throughout the island, although doing such a thing would presumably be far more difficult nowadays.

Anyway, on to the photos. It's nothing you probably haven't seen before on various websites, but here you go. :)










The recently-constructed dock for tourist boats.












We were split into three groups and taken to three different points around the south and south-east corners of the island, where three different tour guides would discuss what we were looking at. Most people weren't paying attention and were flaking out from the heat, though. The temperature was mid to high 30s, there was little to no cloud cover, and no breeze as we were standing beneath the sea wall level.
















Some of the residential district.




The island's elementary and junior high school on the left.


That faintest island in the distance is Gunkanjima.

Thanks for looking. :)

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aghartha

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from: shrines
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
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so cool! they filmed parts of battle royal II on there, right? too bad that movie was awful...

this is definitely on my list of places to see when i move over there :)

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Never seen BR2, admittedly! Just the first one. Enjoyed it, though. :) What was so awful about the second one?

It's definitely worth a visit if you plan to do a bit of travel (or living) in Kyushu, but probably not worth going out of your way to see if you live further north.

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aghartha

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from: shrines
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
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it just did not live up to the first one at all, in any aspect, haha. it took itself a bit too seriously, i think!

well, i'll be moving to tokyo, but i definitely plan on traveling and sightseeing in the south. in fact, i have a friend living in fukuoka, so i'll get him to travel with me, haha.

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noodlebug24

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from: noodlebug24
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
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This is awesome. It looks very much like Alcatraz to me! This type of island always fascinates me to no end.

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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It pretty much was a prison for a lot of Chinese and Korean laborers during the WW2 era. :-\

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from: minorriots
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Shit man, this looks awesome! And the fact that it's on island too!

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Lucky birds. :P

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only a one-s goddes

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from: rockgoddes
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Those photos are just amazing. And that place is...creepy. But very cool.

Thanks for sharing.

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
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The whole existence of the island was based on mining, so I'm certain there would still be a lot of mine shafts running underneath the island and the sea... that would be creepy stuff to see. :)

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Мельников Илья

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from: linuel_foto
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Did not know that there now visit excursions...

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Neither did I until a friend sent me a message about it! The tour all up (3 hours including the boat ride) costs 4300 yen, so basically USD$43.

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Erika

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from: morgana_lefaye
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Aw man, it's my dream to film here.

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Let me know if you figure out how to get special access. ;)

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templarwolf

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from: templarwolf
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
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With a small population and a LOT of container gardening, I think I know where I'll head if I'm in Japan when the zombies come...

Considering that the place was a coal, I think, I'm very curious to see what the underground looks like.

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Now that you mention it, yeah, it's perfect from the point of view of zombie defense. :P

I need to look through the pamphlets a bit more carefully (they're all in Japanese) so I can figure out exactly where the mine shafts began.
As for the condition of the mines... well, possibly flooded or caved in?

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from: damanique
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Holy crap. I've never heard of this island. This is totally where you want to film a post-apocalyptic survival movie called 'Battleship Island'. o_o

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Ah, in that case, definitely check out some of the photography links at the bottom of the Wiki page that show the insides of the buildings in detail, it's incredible stuff. :)

I suppose Battle Royale 2 was close enough to a post-apocalyptic survival movie set on the island (not that I actually saw it, hehe...)

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from: xscene_laura
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
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nice photos! *applause*

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Cheers! :)

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Katura

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from: katura
date: Aug. 10th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
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It would be so awesome to walk around these buildings.

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 10th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
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I know! So much interesting stuff to check out. Almost impossible though. :(

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Nine

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from: dragonappartion
date: Aug. 10th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
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I love this community. I would have never heard about this place otherwise.

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 10th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
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So many places on this community I'd like to check out... so little time/money. :-\

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The Mooglet

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from: moogly_bear
date: Aug. 10th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
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Love love love! I would kill to go there, next time I go to Japan, I might pop down there, it's near Nagisaki, right?

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 10th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
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It's very close to the city of Nagasaki! It's less than an hour by boat from the city's ferry terminal, so quite convenient. :)

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Tuto

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from: tuto
date: Aug. 10th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing. I went looking at the links you suggested and now I'm totally obsessed... : ) Thank you!

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 15th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
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I totally understand the obsession! :)

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Christopher

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from: scream4noreason
date: Aug. 12th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
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awesome post and great pictures! I hope to visit there next year!

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A.D.

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from: aske
date: Aug. 15th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
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I gotta say, not just Nagasaki but Kyushu itself is a really underrated place to visit! Lots of stuff to check out, highly recommended. :)

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