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An intrepid 2ch inhabitant has paid a visit to a long abandoned Japanese village deep in the mountains, sharing some fascinating images of its battle with nature, a battle which seems to be going quite badly at times.

The exact location is not disclosed – a summary of the information provided by the poster is that he paid a March visit to an abandoned village in the Kinki region, deep in the mountains (“So rural you can’t even get reception for your phone” and “It took 40 minutes of mountaineering to get there”), using his iPhone to take snaps.

The date of its abandonment is also not mentioned – the architecture, street furniture, plastics and electric appliances seem to suggest habitation ceased in the 1970s or 80s.

Incidentally, unlike the rampant trespass, vandalism and looting which passes for “urban exploration” elsewhere, the visitor reported seeking and receiving permission from an old man who lived at the base of the mountain and tended to the abandoned village, receiving the key to the gates.

Other hazards which beset the visitor included menacing troupes of monkeys (“Be careful not to get attacked – they are usually OK if you don’t make eye contact. I saw a little baby monkey playing on a dry riverbed – really cute…” along the road to the site, and various traps for wild animals.

He also complained of being unable to broadcast his expedition live to 2ch as there was no phone reception…

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Despite being completely uninhabited for a long time, the visitor reported hearing many strange noises from amidst the ruins, which he optimistically attributed to wild animals.

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An abandoned shrine – “I quite fancied going in and having a look but I was too terrified so I couldn’t.”

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“Personally, this place was the worst. When we went to take a peek inside, there was the sound of a fusuma [sliding screen] sliding shut. Me and my friend legged it.”

An interesting exchange about life in the mountains:

“A lot of these sorts of places aren’t always abandoned. In the mountains where it snows heavily, some communities are abandoned in winter, with the inhabitants returning in the spring. A seasonal village, in effect. That noise you heard, if it wasn’t a robber it could have been an inhabitant.”

“I was told nobody had lived up there for a long, long time. And most of the houses were ruined with broken doors. Some had collapsed completely.”

Those interested in seeing more of Japan’s abandoned places could do worse than to take a look at the previous galleries of forsaken spots.


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