The Dramatic Timeline of the Daunting Hashima

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This forgotten island was once a vibrant and lively place with a decent population of more than 5000 people, and their sustenance came from mines in which they used to work. The inhabitants left the island and its building have now shackled down. But repeated clamors for its preservation and a shot location for Bond movie have gained it the deserved attention which fetched it UNESCO accreditation. The once abandoned isle is now a popular ghostly territory.

From abandoned mines to Unesco heritage

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Hashima is popularly called as ‘Gunkanjima’ which means ‘Battleship Island’ because when seen under a dim light at nightfall from distance, it looked like a ship. This island is located off the shores of Nagasaki. You must be acquainted with this place, if you have seen the James Bond movie SKyfall. This was the secluded island which was portrayed as the villain’s hideaway.

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Coal mines were in operation since 1890’s, and you will be amused to know that at one point of time it was counted amongst the most dense places of the earth. During its zenith, more than 5000 miners used to live with their families on an island which just about a kilometer in length and approximately double in width. Miners used to descend for about 700meters under the ground for work, but once the mines were closed there was no motivation for people to stick around. And by the late 1970’s the entire island was abandoned.

Touring the island

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The days of boarding a fishing boat to drop by the Hashima’s shore have definitely gone, to reach Hashima, you must join one of the many daily tours that run throughout the day. Reaching to the shores of Hashima likes placing a foot in world of wild fantasies, enormous bend girders, tumbledown brick monuments, and shrubbery shrouding up the once bustling and cheerful areas.

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The guided treks take you to the heighted walkways and passes through number of fascinations of the isle. Although, free-spirited travelers may not fancy it, because there are too many restrictions imposed taking into consideration the safety of both, the guest and the remnants (shackled) buildings.

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There are many cities which are craving to be captured; hence, bringing a camera is sort of mandatory. The Guides briefs you about the lifestyle of the miners thus tickling your imagination to picture the inhabited days of the Island.

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Regardless, of its recent cult following and fame, it remains an eerie place, with frequent storms causing further damage to the ruins. If it continues for too long, it is very much possible that the place may end up losing all its tourism potential.

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