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Hashima Island

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Address: Nagasaki 851-1315, Nagasaki Prefecture
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Interesting, but limited for non-japanese travellers

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Singapore, Singapore

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We took a tour to the island but were unable to dock due to bad weather conditions. Overall the tour was disappointing. There were over 100 people on the boat. Everyone had to remain in their seat for the duration of the trip. The boat was on two levels, an open air upper deck and a closed lower deck. We... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Visiting Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, as Hashima Island is called, was a great way to break up my obsession with old Japan and do something a bit different. If you are tired of temple hopping, this might be the tour for you. The visuals are compelling - apocalyptic decaying buildings - a whole island of them. I went on a... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Didn't actually set foot on the island but cruised around it on ship. This is a ghost settlement that was once a thriving community for workers at the undersea coal mine on which it was built. When the coal ran out, they left. Very spooky but beautiful in a way. Would have liked to visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

One of the most special visits I ever made was on this new Unesco World Heritage site. The island can be visited by prebooked tours by ship. A very memorable trip to see this industrial island once with the highest population density on Earth. Nagasaki Concierge offers English audioguides.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

My brother suggested we visit Hashima Island and I wasn't sold on the idea. But I'm so glad we went. It was like nothing else and incredibly interesting. The boat ride there and back was also a nice way to see Nagasaki and learn about particular structures along the coast.

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