“Battleship Island” is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. In 1959, its population density was 835 people per hectare (83,500 people/km2) for the whole island, or 1,391 per hectare (139,100 people/km2) for the residential district, the highest population density ever recorded worldwide.

Further Reading: Hashima Island (Wiki)

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5 thoughts on “Hashima Island (Gunkanjima)

    1. It is amazing how they fit so many people there. Also the buildings is a fascinating demonstration of what would happen to cities without maintenance. Musefication would be better than allowing it to collapse completely 🙂

  1. Truth, this is quite an interesting peace of history. This kind of places make me think about what could have happened in those streets during the last century. Where did you learn about this place?

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