You’ve seen it in Skyfall* and all over the media. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Nagasaki Prefecture’s abandoned Hashima Island, better known as Gunkanjima (which translates to Battleship Island), has attracted attention for its post-apocalyptic appearance.
tl;dr: You need to book a tour to visit the island. This one is an easy option.
Hashima Island’s increase in popularity and status as a World Heritage Site, though, has not been without controversy. What many do not know is that the island, known for its coal mining, had a history of forced labor before and during World War II—which tour companies may not mention, and which this author only learned of after writing this article.
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