Here you’ll find some information about haikyo and a simple FAQ.
Why going to haikyo?
Japanese ruins are somewhat unique, they always seem to have so many stories to tell, and the decayed wooden structure or the weirdly themed love hotels are from a completely different world.
Can you suggest me a few spots?
All the locations I can suggest you are already on the haikyo map. Please also do some research by yourself and check if those places are still alive.
How do you find such places anyway?
It all started with a book called Nippon No Haikyo. I used it for 4-5 months, then started to go with people who have the same hobby, discovering more and more places together. On the way, it also happens to discover new place that nobody knows as well. It is a lot of work.
Wait, isn’t this illegal?
Most places are considered illegal because they are, at very different level, dangerous and of course the company or owner doesn’t want to be responsible of the death of somebody trespassing. We are not doing anything bad otherwise (even though it’s called trespassing) and most the explorers are very respectful.
Have you ever been arrested?
Never. But I have seen guards before and ever met guys working for SECOM (security company in Japan). As long as you are not running, hiding like if you were a special agent, but acting as a normal photographer, it’s okay in my opinion. If they see you, just explain yourself, with a smile and honesty. You are trespassing after all ;)
Which camera are you using?
I believe that this is not the question to ask. On this website, you will find very bad and beautiful photos, taken with the same cameras. The fact that they are good (or not) depends on: preparation, the time of the day and weather, the place, and, of course, skills (both on the artistic level and on the technical level). Then of course the lens counts a lot. The camera would come last. For haikyo, I mainly use a Nikon D800 with a 14-24 f/2.8 or a 24-70 f/2.8. I used to (and still use it sometimes) shoot with a Canon 7D using a 17-55mm f/2.8 and a Fisheye. I also have a Nikon D3100 modified for IR.
I want to see more photos.
Please visit Totoro Times! I insist :)
Can you help me ? I don’t speak Japanese.
I don’t speak Japanese neither. Finding/visiting this locations is hard work. With some effort, you can plan to visit a few haikyo easily if you visit the country.
Do you want to contact me?
Okay, but please note that there might be NO REPLY AT ALL for those asking for locations. I know that everyone is nice and full of good intentions (mainly taking photos, making videos, or looking for ghosts) but better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, I have a principle : NOT SHARING ANY LOCATION with anyone. But please contact me for anything else ^^