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Hashima Island (Gunkanjima, Battleship Island)

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This island was once site of an undersea coal mine. It is also known as Gunkanjima (battleship Island) because the sight of island’s high standing walls of steel reinforced concrete appears like a battleship.
At the height of mine production in 1960, some 5,300 people lived on the island. Coal from the mine supported Japan’s modernization, but the mine closed in 1974 after Japan switched its main form of energy to petroleum. Today the island is uninhabited.
In 2015, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as part of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining. It also featured in the movie Skyfall.

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Street address

Hashima, Takashima-cho, Nagasaki City

Access

  • Take the tour boat from Nagasaki Port and disembark on Battleship Island. A round trip takes 150 minutes

Opening Hours

Depends on tour boat schedule

Closed

Depends on tour boat schedule

Website

http://www.visit-nagasaki.com/spots/detail/202

Best season

All year

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