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Hashima Island

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Address: Nagasaki 851-1315, Nagasaki Prefecture

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We booked our trip to Hashima Island (aka Gunkanjima) online a month ago prior to our trip to Nagasaki. When I first read about the history of Hashima Island about couple years... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
May W
Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong, China
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked our trip to Hashima Island (aka Gunkanjima) online a month ago prior to our trip to Nagasaki. When I first read about the history of Hashima Island about couple years ago, I had found this place was like a mystery which led me decide to visit the island with friends. Gunkanjima was built after the WWII. That said,... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Gunkanjima island offers a unique view of a crumbling urban setting and how nature takes over. A bustling mining settlement in the 60s, it is now a ghost town with trees growing from the buildings and vultures circling above the island. An eerie experience!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

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 it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The tour operator changed the tour time slightly to fit our cruise schedule in. This island is a must. It was so interesting. We had a guide who helped us immensely with translating. There wss an info movie on the boat out. We passed the mitsubishi buildings and also saw a cruise ship under construction on the way out. We... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

For those who want to take a photo from the ferry, go line up in the pier right after u got yr ticket.....pick your seat on the right side!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I believe only on tour company does english audio, but that has less than 1/3 the content of the spoken japanese tours. Areas you can walk are quite limited, it's only one small side of the island.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

It takes luck to enter the island. I have to say this because I book the tour of entering Hashima Island in advance but have to change my tour into Surrounding the island few days before because the pier on the island is damaged due to typhoon a week before (It was August 2014 btw). Apart from that, the view... More 

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Charlottetown, PEI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We were in Nagasaki on a cruise ship and reserved our tour to Hashima on line in advance. We did not pay until arrival so nothing was lost if conditions were too rough. We noticed at least four different companies, most sailing once in the morning and once in the afternoon. You might be able to reserve in the morning... More 

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Pattaya, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

According to our guide the destruction of walls & building is totally due to the regular typhoons that have pounded the island over the last 40 years. It seems incredible that typhoons & storms can reduce concrete buildings to rubble. From 1887 the island was a very busy coal mining facility that employed thousands of workers. In 1959 there were... More 

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Misawa, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Hashima Island is the remnants of a self-contained coal mine that was in use from the late 19th century to the early 1970s when the use of coal end the need for the mine. It was self-contained and had apartments, shops, an elementary and middle school for children as well as a hospital and a swimming pool. It is only... More 

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