Abandoned Places of Japan



An anonymous urban explorer has been sharing photographs of the many abandoned places he has been investigating throughout Japan with 2ch – the photographs hauntingly depict some of the most quintessentially Japanese of places, such as faddish theme parks and love hotels, ravaged by abandon and neglect, and in many cases still housing strange oddities – in one case a stuffed mammoth…

He states that where possible he seeks permission from the relevant party before exploring any of these places – not a courtesy many western urban explorers are known to extend.

“First a famous place – a clinic in Gifu prefecture, still filled with relics from the war.”


“The Mochikura mine, deep in the mountains of Niigata prefecture – now more a ruin than a building.”


“The ill-reputed Keishin Hospital in Kanagawa prefecture. It’s not a very appealing derelict at all, is it? Fortunately, it’s finally being demolished.”


“Miyagi prefecture’s Kejonuma Leisure Land – with a Ferris wheel, a rare thing to see left abandoned nowadays. Unfortunately this place is rumoured to facing demolition too.”


“An arts-type kindergarten in Kanagawa. The graduation drawings left by its former pupils are particularly noteworthy.”


“Atop the mountains of Niigata lies a radio tower, famously haunted and used as a suicide spot. Apparently it was once a a radio relay station.”


“An abandoned Miyagi love hotel. Funnily enough, it’s still loaded with stuff…”


“Shizuoka prefecture’s Izushi Sports World. Unfortunately, it is being dismantled. The Izushi peninsula is actually packed with ruins.”


“The king of all ruins, Nagasaki’s Battleship Isle. As expected, it is on another level entirely. I took these a long time ago so the photos are quite small.”


“Niigata Russian Village. It even has a stuffed mammoth. In recent years the hotel part was half burnt down by a suspicious fire.”


“Shizuoka – a place nicknamed ‘Battleship Mansion.’ It has an incomplete, almost organic feel – I like it.”


“A Kanagawa lodging hall. A lovely place dripping with Showa period ambience.”


“The Niigata ‘White House.’ A haunted spot. The story is that an insane girl was kept confined here and eventually killed her family. She killed herself out of guilt. It may lack a little something as far as ruins go, but the barred windows give it an interesting atmosphere.”


“This part is known as the ‘Black House.’ It has a room with hooks. Not a famous place but I like it.”


“Niigata Children’s Village – the car museum. Until a few years ago the building was overflowing with cars.”


“A set of caverns at a Shizuoka graveyard. A man made the caverns into a haunted house… You may find these disturbing.”


“Sorry to frighten you for no good reason. The cavern was dug out for use as an air raid shelter in the war. It seems a man turned it into a haunted house and after he died it was left abandoned.”

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    Avatar of RakkaKaze
    Comment by RakkaKaze
    09:27 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    THAT is Japan's graffiti!? Deport your punks to the US, I'd love to see some of that work on my buildings...

    Avatar of Carrot_Glace
    Comment by Carrot_Glace
    07:39 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That first clinic should be a museum...

    Avatar of dMITIC
    Comment by dMITIC
    07:51 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Everything here should be a museum

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    08:02 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The Mammoth skeleton should be *in* a museum.

    Avatar of a lolicon
    Comment by a lolicon
    08:30 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I doubt it's an actual skeleton. It's most likely a cast.

    Avatar of Saunter
    Comment by Saunter
    08:40 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Agreed, they wouldn't allow an actual mammoth skeleton to be laying in pieces on the floor...

    I like pict 46, indoor explosion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:35 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @ Diamond Dust 3 @13:52:

    If you want, you can ride it, right now. Just get an old burlap sack, put it beneath you, and slide on down!

    "Weeeee! Wooooo! Yahhhhhhhh!"

    *crack* *snap* *crunch*

    "Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-" *bang* *thok* "-aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-" *thud*

    "Fuuuuuuuck. Call an ambulance. My insurance card is in my wallet. That was awesome, by the way."

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:56 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Who was the fucking idiotic bastard that leave like trash a god damn mammoth? And those classics cars there, almost cry for them, fuck i cant go there and take them to a decent place and replace with the asshole that discard them impaled there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm surprised some of the stuff is still there. I would have thought someone would have taken the cars even if they're just models.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm getting Higurashi vibes from #1-3 of those photos!

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    15:46 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lets say that radio tower, i could dismantle it myself given the right tools, starting from the top and working down.

    for the 20-40k in scrap alone, it would be worth it even if it took a few months of solid work to do.

    and im not saying renovate the properties, i mean the items inside. depending on how old that shit is, you can get 100-300$ for something like that lamp, and up to 1000$ for that tv.

    allot of that shit can sell for stupidly high prices, basically if you know the right people, turning a profit of double what you spend is easy.

    now to those who say turn them into museums, fuck no, the items in them and possibly the rooms should be in museums, but the building itself? they are very old and possibly dangerous.

    Avatar of Blue Lightning
    Comment by Blue Lightning
    14:46 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't think you want to do that.
    Considering the time, dismante cost, renovation cost and money you can get, I'd say it's not worthed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The train in picture #23 looks depressed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:24 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I just feel so bad for those cars man they probably only need a few things and the could most likely run again. They water slides look cool. But some of those places looked pretty mess up and unsalvageable.

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    08:55 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Those are some exhibits there now aren't they?...

    They really need to show some of these things off as exhibits...

    16:05 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 15:35 Maybe i should grease myself up like willy from simpsons
    http://media.industrygamers.com/editorial/2009/07/simpsons%20grease%20me%20up%20woman.jpg [http://media.industrygamers.com/editorial/2009/07/simpsons grease me up woman.jpg] then slide down.

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    Comment by alidan
    10:50 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    god if i had the money to buy ony of those places i would pick them appart and sell everything of value.

    old unrotted wood sells for allot,
    the glass and mirrors can sell too.
    alot of the older movable architectural things would fetch a LARGE sum.
    get that love hotel, rip out all the fabric, and replace and refurbish it, and resell it to a new one, for a reasonable sum

    that radio tower alone could get 20-40grand off selling it all as scrap alone.

    id keep the jars for myseld though, as i like the look of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    These pictures look like a glimpse of what the world will look like after an apocalyptic event. Looks pretty promising ^__^

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    Comment by TenguSan
    09:45 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that choo choo train looks sad ;_;

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    Comment by Miroku74
    12:14 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of those buildings are obviously about a hundred years old or more. They should be made into museums, for sure.

    Especially that hospital and the kindergarten. The children who made those portrait are probably parents now themselves. Those snapshots of the ruins of their past memories is too poignant for me to adequately describe with words alone.

    Maybe I'm just being too sentimental? o_0

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    can I live there? one of those places? is the chief a kappa?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 08/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    a f*cking elephant statue? Really? xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    better save it for horror movie or zombie

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    House of the Dead base on this areas.

    it would be awesome!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This article is so great!

    That cavern is so epic.

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    Who would bring you your food? Or pay for your Internet access?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to NHK :p

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    13:51 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are lots of places that have potential, for a NEET or Hikikomori Reclusive Colony.

    Imagine we can actually have a place of our own to be ourselves and as ronery as we please - where nobody can piss and moan about our Hikikomori ways.
    Just have the Militant Otakus in the penthouse units to snipe any nosey reporters and we'll be fine.

    That would be an otaku wonderland and the bath houses would be filled with carnal flamboyances.


    Although, I would probably ban any guys running around in sailor suits w/ mini skirts.

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    Comment by Soniko
    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I somehow have the feeling that most of Japan will look like this after the Manga/Anime Ban has come into effect.

    Oh, the foreshadowing... Q_Q

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    Comment by hotshot™
    11:04 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It leaves an ambient, almost empty feeling. For some reason an echo comes to mind when I see these.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    These pictures remind me of all the abandoned buildings featured on the English Russia photo blog. One of the most amazing being the bomb testing chambers where bricks were literally melting from the walls and ceilings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    English Russia is a great site, I like the "Creepy Children’s Playgrounds".

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    12:54 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Leisure Land (pics 18-24) reminded me of Pripyat... *shivers*

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    Comment by Yourtime
    09:37 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    great now we are fucked
    (why?... "abandoned" the picture reminded me of the thing like, you saw it.. you will have now nightmares or will get cure for it.. or die in sometime.. >: D)

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    Comment by Rethardus
    19:31 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I understand where you're coming from, I disagree.

    It should be in a museum, or else these stuff would just rot away, without anyone giving a damn. But for me, I don't need them to be in a museum, because it loses it's mystical aura to it.

    I love abandoned buildings, it's so fascinating. I love how items are there, created by humans, but then suddenly it's abandoned, like it's there for nobody and it never served a purpose.

    If these things get into a museum, it would just be crowded every day, and everything would be just as sterile as hell, like any other object from our every day life.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:00 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    These are more sad than creepy or even historic or anything. Just shows how badly neglected some parts of Japan truly are. It seems every major nation has at least a few areas of utter neglect.

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    Comment by Renzo
    17:06 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This kind of derelict places : I'd like to make it a horror game setting(like Silent Hill) settings :)

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    Comment by King Tiger
    14:44 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    honestly speaking I would actually love to explore those areas myself never know what kinds of treasures are to be had :3


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)


    Avatar of King Tiger
    Comment by King Tiger
    19:31 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ anon 8:27

    hey wait a minute guys I think this anon is onto something here :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why hello there. I'm a legal Filipino immigrant. How nice to meet you!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LMAO, comment of the day!

    Comment by Anonymous

    lets fix that, "HEY LOOK! GO FUCKK YOURSELF!"

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    Comment by Niwa
    07:41 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    All shades of creepy, amazing, and down right cool!
    Gotta say like whoever did the exploring.

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    Comment by Misakite
    08:35 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Looks like the kind of place you would get random monster encounters in.

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    Comment by Polariuz Bear
    09:06 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    don't forget to equip your equipment and make sure you have potion in your itemlist xD

    Avatar of King Tiger
    Comment by King Tiger
    19:12 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    in that case I might need to hire a Felyne to accompany me on my Journey there

    Avatar of Homu Improvement
    Comment by Homu Improvement
    08:05 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The photographer is amazing.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    08:16 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ive seen this guys photos before. Its called Haikyo which means ruins. Exploring old abandoned buildings and leaving them as you found them, no souvenir hunting. If this was in the US these buildings would have been totaly looted and defaced by assholes and druggies. They've have been left pretty much untouched for 30 or more years. Saying "only in Japan" in a definite positive in this case.

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    Comment by jamesownsall
    09:00 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    So the graffiti(no, not the ones in the abandoned kindergarten) on the walls in some of these pics aren't vandalisme?

    Any valuble items in any abandoned buildings in ANY part of the world WILL BE TAKEN. What makes you so sure there wasn't any before this photographer came to these places?

    Research more on abandoned building photographers around the world(Europeans for example) and read their blogs on how they do their work if you wanna gain some credibility.

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