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Approximately 4¼ Hours
Meals not included
"The site, bears testimony to the rapid industrialization of the country, through which feudal Japan sought technology transfer from Europe and America in what is considered to be the first successful transfer of Western industrialization to a non-Western nation."
Explore Gunkanjima, also known as the Battleship Island. This is a haunting conglomeration of architectural ruins, built during the heyday of Japan’s coal mining industry and populated from 1887 to 1974.
A scenic 45-minute ferry ride takes you under the impressive cable-stay Megami Bridge to the walled island. During your voyage, watch for Takashima Island, the birthplace of coal mining in Japan. James Bond fans will note that the island served as the model for the villain’s lair in Skyfall.
Disembark the ferry and your knowledgeable guide will escort you on a walk around the island, sharing fascinating stories of the island's history and the people who once lived there before the crumbling concrete structures were ravaged by typhoons and time. Mitsubishi purchased the island in the 1800s, operating the coal mines that played a key role in the industrialization of Japan.
Gunkanjima once had a higher population density than Tokyo and was home to the first rooftop garden in Japan. Photograph the haunting ruins of once-beautiful structures and imagine a time when prosperity and activity abounded here. The architecture is quite striking, and you will quickly understand why the island serves as a backdrop and inspiration for many movies. At the completion of your tour of this fascinating environment, re-board the ferry and cruise back to the mainland.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. No umbrellas or alcohol allowed.