Take a boat trip to see the mysterious island of Gunkanjima - aka 'Battle Ship Island'.
A small island off the coast of Nagasaki, Gunkanjima (or 'Battle Ship Island') has a fascinating history. After coal was discovered on the island, managers, workers and their families flocked to Gunkanjima in search of riches. With one half of the island occupied by the mine, a self-sufficient society was established on the other half including shops, schools, a public bath, and a hospital, until Gunkanjima became the most densely populated island in the world. However in 1974 the mine was suddenly closed and the island was abandoned in some haste for reasons still unknown?
For years nobody set foot on the island and since the evacuation it was left at the mercy of typhoons, causing the buildings to deteriorate crumble. Now all that remains are eerie shells of the huge buildings that once housed the island's dense population, creating a haunting, mysterious atmosphere. So mysterious in fact, that Gunkanjima is said to be the inspiration behind the villain Raoul Silva's lair in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall.
Recently sightseeing tours to Gunkanjima have become available, enabling people to see this compelling piece of Japanese history up close. The boat makes a couple of stops on the island in pre-designated sightseeing spots. (Further access to the island is not permitted due to fears of further building collapse.) The cruise will also complete a circuit of the island so you can see it from all angles.
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