Urban Exploration in Japan
Haikyo (廃墟) is a word meaning ruins in Japanese. The word also describes a hobby, known in English as Urban Exploration. On this website, you will find many of those haikyo along with photos taken by Jordy Meow.
Gunkanjima (軍艦島) officially known as Hashima Island (端島) is an abandoned island in Nagasaki. I had the luck to go there one beautiful November day back in 2010, and one more time in June 2012.
It was a chilli morning, foggy and rainy. The hike was in the forest, deep and fresh.
The Yokohama Negishi Racecourse is an interesting historical place, used from the Meiji era for horse races then used by Japanese and American army during and after World War II.
Nara Dreamland is an abandoned amusement park in Nara. It was built in 1961 and is extremely inspired by Disneyland in California.
I had never seen photos of the inside the Seahorse Clinic so I got really excited when we arrived in front of it.
However, I could see something eerie slightly glowing in the darkness...
The Gluck Kingdom is a theme park in Hokkaido representing a German medieval castle.
The biggest chrome mine in Asia, the Wakamatsu Mine lays on the side of some mountain in Okayama Prefecture.
The atmosphere of the Sakamoto School is breathtaking: it is located on a little hill, close to other houses but it is really quiet.
The Tuberculosis Sanatorium for Children is really a gloomy haikyo and the overgrown area around adds a nice, scary touch to it.
The building was originally designed to host salary-men coming from outside Tokyo. Its very specific, modular design was supposed to allow the capsules to be detached and re-attached at will.
A beautiful place to visit with blue sky and untouched cotton snow.
A lonely but lovely school in the middle of the mountains.
It is one of the oldest haikyo hotels. Located on Mount Rokko, it offers a break-taking view of the Kobe skyline.