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Hashima Island, Nagasaki
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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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  • Went to the memories, was taken to a parent that acquaintance from my mother when I was a kid, living in warship island several times during this section is of course great, around in there on a small island the same coal mine site there is, here is a world heritage site! "I think that a nice look feel at the time, stretch your legs, just as a small sign of time
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  • It is about 40 minutes ferry from the port of Nagasaki. So instead I dock to land in one-year-old S37 is really 波gata the wind is weak, but an honest chance however. It is look like but I luckily landed could countenance. I thought of people who had been living in the world's most advanced at that time here really feel strange.
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  • 建議有一定日文程度的人參加導覽會更有收穫,要不然就是要確定能跟到英文導覽在前往。軍艦島有許多令人難過的黑暗歷史,建議在登島前要有一定認識,因為官方的介紹還是以工業革命、維新的工業發展成就為重,對於奴役勞工惡劣勞動環境等事實輕輕放下,如果只是在這地方拍拍開心廢墟照就離開其實很可惜。但還是非常推薦造訪,看完內心衝擊不已 
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  • The staff is really friendly, but I don't think it's worth it paying ¥4300 to go to an island with old destroyed buildings, which are destroyed simply because the island was abandoned. They don't charge for the english audio guide and I think that's *at least* fair because it doesn't work very well and it's not connected to what's being seen and explained by the japanese guide at the same time. Plus they only mention briefly about foreigners working at the island, not specifying they were korean and brought by force to work. If you're worried about being sea sick, I don't know if I was lucky, but I usually get sea sick and this time I didn't. Well, I don't recommend unless you have extra time and money.
  • A fascinating abandoned island with a checkered history that sits in ruin. If you can take a tour, do it. Most have english hand outs to give you the history, however keep in mind the walking tours are all in Japanese. I did have a elderly volunteer on mine, who between my broken Japanese and his broken english gave me a personal tour so i got to see everything the Japanese speakers were getting. The boat out also gives you a great tour of the Nagasaki port.
  • A fascinating piece of history that manages to be an interesting counter point to many of the atomic bomb related and hidden Christian tourism. Many photo friendly sights. Keep in mind that the you have to book any tours fairly in advance as the popularity keeps rising.
  • Hashima = KZ Auschwitz There is the most terrible violated place of human rights in the world... Over 20 thousand Korean people were foreced to work and died in 1940s & during the world war II. We must know and fight against Japan's constant distortion of history.
  • It's amazing to walk around the ruins and try to imagine the life and living. It has a hard history, bitter and sweet. It could be restored and respected by tourist's money.