Living in Japan, the Briton Michael Gakuran (Michael Gakuran) visited the island Hasim. Other names for the island: Gunkanjima, Hashima and Battleship Island. For 50 years Hashima was one the most densely populated places on earth. However, by 1974 minerals on the island dried up, and all of its residents left the island.
Starting in the late 19th century, Hashima served as a coal mining facility and residential complex for 5,000 people. After the decline of coal mining in the 1970s, however, the island became completely abandoned, only opening up again to tourists in 2009.
Google has a nice treat for those who’d be curious to have a glimpse of Battleship Island without actually travel there and invites Google users to Take a stroll through abandoned “Battleship Island” on Google Maps:
Hashima has transformed into an eerie tourist destination where you can see a once thriving town decaying and totally devoid of life. Apparently, Hashima’s buildings are deteriorating so rapidly that you can hear parts of the concrete collapse as the wind blows from the ocean.
While we can’t replicate those unearthly sounds on Google Maps, we can now give you 360° panoramas of the Hashima with today’s launch of Street View imagery for the island. Thanks to assistance from Nagasaki City, we were able to collect imagery with the Google Trekker beyond the cordoned-off areas for tourists and into off-limits paths around the island. We also used our Business Photos technology to let you peek into the abandoned buildings, complete with ancient black-and-white TVs and discarded soda bottles.