Nichitsu Ghost Town

Nichitsu Town Entrance

Nichitsu Ghost Town covers a vast area filled up with apartments, a post office, a town hall, a school and an abandoned hospital (which is covered in another article).


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  • Mark

    Hi, I really want to visit some places like this in Tokyo/Kanto area. Could you give me some more information about the exact locations?


    • TigrouMeow

      Unfortunately, we aren’t suppose to share those locations so easily…

      • Sadayuki

        Hiya, Just popped out to this area with a Japanese friend last weekend. Alot of damage has been done, I assume, during the last few earthquakes, completely felling some of the older buildings. Not sure if you ever knew but the older buildings prior to the 1996 buildings in your main photos are on the mountain side opposite this town and I expect will only last another year or two at best as the wooden frames are seriously weak now. Here are a couple of photo’s. Kind Regards, Love this site!

        • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

          Oh god, indeed, it is in a bad state… what about the little town center?

          • Sadayuki

            The town centre itself seemed identical to your pictures although the doctors surgery and the main hall/sports hall building have suffered some major water damage and one side of the sports hall has dropped about a foot causing the wall and door to bend inwards. We still carefully walked along the centre floor beams to take a pic on the stage but the wooden flooring was very bendy underfoot. We only risked going one at a time. Although all the deterioration only adds to this amazing town. Oh, and there is still a bit of work going on here but we were only stopped on the way out and told to only look from outside as entering the buildings is too dangerous.

  • Mermaidninja

    It’s like everyone just vanished!

    • TigrouMeow

      But luckily, not everything :)

  • ikumi

    Pikachu and Some cute figure photos :) It is a very interesting attempt ! 

    • Meow • Japan & Urbex

      Thanks :) And be ready for tomorrow! It’s going to be crazy. I will go sleep now :)

  • ????

    Must be so many hidden treasures here.  Managed to find the clinic but couldn’t locate the actual mine.  Will go back for sure.

    • Meow • Japan & Urbex

      Indeed there are! I think I saw the mine before the village, but there was some kind of activity.

  • alex

    we went there to shoot a film. we got kicked out an hour into going there. cool place though!

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      Hey Alex! Really!?!? How many people were you? And who actually kicked you out? I went there twice and never met any guard or anything, only families doing sightseeing… :)

  • Jennifer Leach

    The apartment with all the Gundam figures and console systems seems hard to believe it’s vacant. I love these ghost towns and schools. It feels like a moment in history that just lives on forever, or until demolished.

    Love the work you guys are doing! Hopefully we’ll cross paths on a future trip.

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      It would be lovely Jennifer, let me know when you are in town :)

  • mini

    i saw you on galileo, the town was very nice ^-^ you’re a very good photographer, i love the pictures, may i ask which camera you are using?

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      Thanks a lot Mini ^^ Did you check my website as well? It depends, I have a few camera. Those photos of Nichitsu are from 2010, at this time I was using a Canon 7D. Nowadays I am using a D800 and an OM-D.

  • v3000

    Strange… why the town was abandoned immediately, even leaving behind what looked to be a largely intact household still full of personal belongings?

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      I think that place has many distinct (hi)stories, from different periods of time. I am sure the explanation can be found on Internet in Japanese, but basically the town was for the miners and theirs families, then I heard it was used for school trips. Whatever we find now is basically from the latter period.

  • mbx

    how to go there ? thanks merci

  • Spencer J McGill

    gee i would like to go but it seems impossible to find a way to get out there….. i know its in saitama around chichibu somewhere…..