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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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  • Terrible Meiji era Japan's industrial revolution. Better understand the reason why I went in knowing that the warship Island, actually try to go, listening to the description became the world's cultural heritage, was impressed. It is a broken Pier because of the typhoon, which loses the weathering of building, so changing heritage. Description of Sugimoto's black diamond Guide. To forget the cold so cold on the boat!
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  • Cruise for about 40 minutes, about a 45-minute tour, about a 40-minute cruise activity. Unfortunately not only into a part of the island of safety issues is still thoroughly enjoyable. Try to imagine living that looks at the historical ruins.
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  • This island was build after the war for mining and was then abandoned. I did not actually go there but saw if from the ship sailing by. It is a no-man-land island and give a ghostly feeling looking at...  more »
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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.