Haikyo simply means “ruin” in Japanese. But haikyo also describes the Japanese version of the hobby known as urban exploration. Haikyoists, as we call them, visit abandoned towns, houses, hospitals, schools, industrial sites, theme parks and virtually any forgotten or abandoned place. This website is the result of years of adventures throughout the Japanese ruins. You will find here hundreds of places and thousands of photos taken by Jordy Meow.
Sento are found everywhere in Japan, even in the cities. They are communal baths, originally used by people who didn’t have a bathroom at home.
Nara Dreamland is an abandoned amusement park in Nara. It was built in 1961 and is extremely inspired by Disneyland in California.
The Tower of Skulls sits in a corner of the city, neglected and forgotten. The pyramid-looking structure is odd and well hidden in bushes of trees.
This cat was waiting for me to visit the Ikaho Hotel. I followed him and he actually revealed the entrance.
I dreamed of going to this location for such a long time ! It seemed to have everything I love: remoteness, nature, a mysterious, unique and ancient vibe.
The Biwako Ferris Wheel used to stand next to the Lake Biwa, a few kilometers from Kyoto.
Little Matsuo is a tiny bunch of overgrown apartment buildings surrounded by rice fields.
In the middle of a dying town in Hokkaido, this clinic has been already dead for a long time.
The school closed definitely in 1985 but somehow feel like it hasn't been abandoned for such a long while, especially with those girls inside!
The Yasato Post Office is a very simple haikyo, yet cute with a nice melancholic vibe.