Hashima Island, Nagasaki

Abandoned since 1974, the concrete blocks of buildings on Hashima Island, a World Heritage Site, stand as silent witnesses to the island’s unsettling history. Noted for its underwater coal mines, the tiny islet off the coast of Nagasaki was the site of a forced labor camp for Chinese POW’s and Korean civilians. They were residents of the now ruined apartment blocks, once the most densely populated space in the world. Take a guided tour of the ghost town surrounded by sea, and discover the remnants of the once bustling blocks, worn down by the harsh weather and forces of nature. See Hashima Island and all Nagasaki has to offer by arranging your trip with our Nagasaki itinerary builder.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Port not only berth at the pier, so with a little wave landing will be impossible. Some had to go into the Ocean because waves are rough sailor.
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  • August 10, 2017
    It was heavy rain. On the island is the umbrella ban on Macs only (in the ship available for purchase). Was wet, but I see ruins of. Guides explain in it, not on the guide you can tell so interesting. I think I should go before will no longer land
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  • August 9, 2017
    The boat trip alone was worth it as you get a great view of Nagasaki harbour as you leave (and return) for Hashima. The tour is in Japanese, but there are audio guides in several languages (English my...  more »

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Across the hills of Nagasaki you'll find a welcome number of places to stay, and a welcome degree of variation between them. Look around the main train station for the greatest number of options, with high-rise blocks containing hotels both basic and luxury. Following the train line both north and south of this central area, guesthouses and hostels crowd around the stations, and clusters of modern hotels mark out popular commercial districts. Rental apartments throughout the city provide a good budget-friendly option for those planning on staying for a little while.
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