Hashima Island (Gunkanjima)

"Hashima (Gunkanjima)"Japan's Most Dense Populated Place Turned into the Uninhibited Island
  • Address: 11-22 Motofuna-machi Nagasaki-shi Nagasaki
  • TEL:095-827-2470
  • URL:http://www.gunkanjima-cruise.jp/?lang=en
  • Recommended Season: All seasons (There could be no service due to the weather)
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Outline The formal and native name is "Hashima" but since the shape of the island resembles a battleship, it is called "Gunkanjima" (Battleship Island) as a nickname. This island is a very popular spot among ruins enthusiasts.
This island used to be famous for coal mining in 1890s, which brought so many condominiums and apartment houses, leading Japan as the densest populated place with 5,267 people per km in 1960.
As petroleum replaced coal in Japan, coal mines began shutting down all over the county, and in 1974 Gunkanjima closed the mine too, and soon after the whole island became uninhabited.

Since 2009, we have been doing tours to the island. The school district area is where we have been granted to go. The island has become a popular sightseeing spot, remaining exactly as it was in the past.
If you would like to get into the island, be sure to make a reservation beforehand as early as possible since it is required.