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.
In the middle of a neighborhood of Yokohama, not far from Tokyo, proudly stands one of the most famous ruins of Japan: the Negishi Grandstand.
Nara Dreamland is an abandoned amusement park in Nara. It was built in 1961 and is extremely inspired by Disneyland in California.
There were many beds for the patients and what seemed to have been observation rooms... but that was all surrounded by Greek statues!
Seline Love Hotel became famous for all the drawings depicting a pregnant woman surrounded by mysterious messages.
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...
After a hundred meters, a huge parking lot suddenly appeared. The sky cleared a bit, the rains stopped, and it seemed we were lucky after all.
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 was built in 1943 and the government tried to manage the spreading and the treatments of the highly contagious disease.
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.