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Haikyo -Abandoned Places-


We humans are explorers by nature. The quest for discovery, both old and new, is part of what separates us from rest of the animal kingdom. Since the world we live in has been largely mapped and plotted, we urban adventurers turn our sights toward the relics of old and the ruins of the recent past…



If you are a kind of person who finds beauty in urban decay, in the crumbling and abandoned places of yesteryear, you’ll probably love this list.

Here are just a few of the most amazing, beautiful and creepy abandoned places (aka Haikyo) in Kansai region, Japan.




1. Nara Dreamland
Nara Dreamland is the epitome of many haikyo dreams; an abandoned theme park with all its roller-coasters and rides still standing. I’ve heard many stories of haikyoists arriving only to be either deterred by the cameras, sensors, alarms and fines, or actually physically expelled by the furious security guard. - See more at: http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/2010/09/nara-dreamland-japans-last-abandoned-theme-park/#sthash.8RLiatts.dpuf
Nara Dreamland is the epitome of many haikyo dreams; an abandoned theme park with all its roller-coasters and rides still standing. I’ve heard many stories of haikyoists arriving only to be either deterred by the cameras, sensors, alarms and fines, or actually physically expelled by the furious security guard. - See more at: http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/2010/09/nara-dreamland-japans-last-abandoned-theme-park/#sthash.8RLiatts.dpuf

Main Street in October 2010

Waiting cable cars


Nara Dreamland is the epitome of many Haikyo dreams; an abandoned theme park with all its roller-coasters and rides still standing. I’ve heard many stories of “Haikyoists” arriving only to be either deterred by the cameras, sensors, alarms and fines, or actually physically expelled by the furious security guard. I personally am dying to go in, but nope.. I don't think I can be crazy enough to take all those risks, for now.


2. Atago Cable Car Station

 




Nestled deep in the forest of Atago mountain, Kyoto, the beautifully rusted-out cable car station steals your breath. Even better, you can enjoy hiking along the way to this amazing site, only if you can find the way.


3. Maya Kanko Hotel

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Although it looks pretty close to this "sanctuary" from the city of Kobe, the access to the hotel is not easy and even legal. I strongly recommend you to do some extra online research before you hop on a train. Still it worth paying a visit, that's for sure.


4. Tomogashima island

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Tomogashima islands

For those who do not want to take any risks to appreciate Haikyo, here's the thoroughly legal way to be out of touch with the world we live in. Apparently, the island was inhabited and used for diverse purposes ranging from Buddhist rituals to World War Fortress.
Access to the cluster by the public was strictly prohibited by the Imperial Japanese Army up to the end of World War II. But thank god now we can truthfully enjoy the 20min ferry ride from from Kada in Wakayama City. It will cost you 2,000 yen for a round trip.
Trust me, this little island will never let you down.



As you may already know, we have quite a few “old and historical” sites here in the ancient capital of Kyoto, which attracts so many people from all around the world throughout the year. Sadly though, I hear some people say “I got sick of temples and shrines” now and then.

Cool. Why not appreciate the forgotten beauty of the abandoned places, before nature reclaims them forever? I dare you, if you think you are the true adventurer.



Note: These abandoned places are roped-off areas. I hear on the grapevine that some people have actually got arrested on the charge of trespassing.

Please take full responsibility for your actions…
Abandoned Places | We humans are explorers by nature.  The quest for discovery, both old and new, is part of what separates us from rest of the animal kingdom.  Since the world we live in has been largely mapped and plotted, we urban adventurers turn our sights toward the relics of old and the ruins of the recent past.  If you find beauty in urban decay, in the crumbling and abandoned places of yesteryear, you’ll want to read on.  Here are 10 of the most amazing, beautiful and creepy abandoned places in the modern world. - See more at: http://www.thecoolist.com/abandoned-places-10-creepy-beautiful-modern-ruins/#sthash.bojfTF5a.dpuf
Abandoned Places | We humans are explorers by nature.  The quest for discovery, both old and new, is part of what separates us from rest of the animal kingdom.  Since the world we live in has been largely mapped and plotted, we urban adventurers turn our sights toward the relics of old and the ruins of the recent past.  If you find beauty in urban decay, in the crumbling and abandoned places of yesteryear, you’ll want to read on.  Here are 10 of the most amazing, beautiful and creepy abandoned places in the modern world. - See more at: http://www.thecoolist.com/abandoned-places-10-creepy-beautiful-modern-ruins/#sthash.bojfTF5a.dpuf
Abandoned Places | We humans are explorers by nature.  The quest for discovery, both old and new, is part of what separates us from rest of the animal kingdom.  Since the world we live in has been largely mapped and plotted, we urban adventurers turn our sights toward the relics of old and the ruins of the recent past.  If you find beauty in urban decay, in the crumbling and abandoned places of yesteryear, you’ll want to read on.  Here are 10 of the most amazing, beautiful and creepy abandoned places in the modern world. - See more at: http://www.thecoolist.com/abandoned-places-10-creepy-beautiful-modern-ruins/#sthash.bojfTF5a.dpuf

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