Gunkanjima: Hashima Island
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.
My first trip was actually a bit crazy: I didn’t know at all how to access the island, but since I live in Japan, I just jumped onto the train, paid a load of money, and went off really randomly to the Nagasaki harbour. From there I looked for a way to go, and eventually found it after some “research”. That day I enjoyed a trip of only one hour, but it was intense and proved to be a worthy discovery. I didn’t know that much about the place so it was an amazing mix of great and exciting feelings. I was really feeling like an explorer, even though I was far from being the first one.
The second time round, it was very well planned months in advance. But it was a special visit, because this time I really wanted to enjoy more of Gunkanjima. You will easily understand why/how while looking at the pictures, it was far from being just a little walk. Of course, it was much less of an “adventure” than the first time, but it was a more relaxing and deeper visit of the island during which I really got hooked on the island’s mysterious ambiance and interesting history.
Don’t miss the story about my adventures on Gunkanjima on:
“Gunkanjima Odyssey: 10 Stories on the Abandoned Island“
Please also have a look at the fantastic Pictures of Yuji Saga taken in 1974.
- Nihon No Haikyo #177
Gunkanjima: Hashima Island,
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