Throughout Japan’s long history there have been many ups and downs. All across the country are various cities, mega-projects, or attractions that have been abandoned to the wilds. One site meow.fr has tried to document these decaying wastelands.

Gunkanjima, Hashima Island

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Gunkanjima, Hashima Island is located near Nagasaki.  A coal island on top of a mine a few kilometers from Nagasaki, it was actually damaged in the Atomic Bomb blast.  When the mine was operational thousands of people lived on the island in tightly packed apartment buildings in one of the densest population centers in Japan.

Hashima Gunkan Postcard

Long since left to rot, the island is actually forbidden to enter but of course “where there is a will there is a way” and here are some pictures by some people who snuck onto the island.

Gunkanjima now courtesy of meow.fr
Gunkanjima now courtesy of meow.fr

Infamous Gunkanjima Stairway To Hell
Infamous Gunkanjima Stairway To Hell

Nara Dreamland (奈良ドリームランド)

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In 1961 Disneyland opened a theme park, Nara Dreamland, near Nara Japan. It survived almost four decades before shutting its doors in 2006. Meow.fr broke in and took some images that were later HEAVILY colorized.

Nara Dreamland in 2005 before it closed
Overgrown entrance courtesy of meow.fr
Overgrown entrance courtesy of meow.fr
The huge wooden roller coaster Aska
The huge wooden roller coaster Aska lying unused and forgotten courtesy of meow.fr

Main Street

Mitsubishi Osarizawa mine

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The Mitsubishi Osarizawa mine has a history of 1300 years penetrating the hallowed depths of the netherworld. Closed in 1978 it is probably your one stop for all cancer needs but that didn’t stop some crazy kids from breaking in and taking some pics.

Osarizawa Mine was discovered in 708. Mitsubishi managed it from 1889.It produced 4.4tons of gold,155tons of silver and 300,000 tons of copper until its closure in 1978.Now a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Materials Corporation opens for public for sightseeing.

Company meeting room or LOST center?
Company meeting room or LOST center?

Blue Pools

Gamer vs Ruin Porn

Meow.fr also has another site called haikyo.org (Japanese for ruins) that has some AMAZING pictures of more decay and some great interviews with other ruin navigators!

Ikumi
Ikumi the girl you want on your side during Zombie Apocalypse
Big Ben in Ruins
This is what Big Ben will look after 28-days-later goes down
Somewhere around here is a hidden 1up

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