Abandoned places, lesser-known attractions, and assorted oddities
The sadly neglected remains of an ancient Convair 240 airliner in a junkyard in Mie Prefecture
A love hotel district in the town of Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Many of the hotels had been abandoned, and with one exception the others looked like they soon will be.
The Mikasa, a veteran of the Russo-Japanese war, is the only pre-Dreadnought battleship still in existence anywhere in the world.
An abandoned, fire-damaged wedding venue in Tochigi Prefecture.
An abandoned love hotel on the outskirts of Nikko with interesting two storey cottages
I saw two defunct representatives of this restaurant chain while driving through Akita Prefecture. I have yet to see one that's still open for business.
An abandoned restaurant on a hillside overlooking a lake in Nagano Prefecture. I couldn't even find out its name.
An abandoned house that I came across while driving through northern Hokkaido.
An abandoned concrete plant in a quiet part of Chiba Prefecture
An abandoned love hotel near Lake Tama on the extreme eastern side of Tokyo.
A filthy garbage-strewn love hotel ruin in Shizuoka Prefecture. It's rumoured to be haunted, but I'm skeptical.
An unusual ruined love hotel in Hokkaido, with rooms styled vaguely like space ships.
An abandoned seaside love hotel in Otaru, Hokkaido.
A fascinating love hotel in Chiba Prefecture, with the most elaborate themed rooms that I've ever seen.
The remains of a small love hotel by a lonely back road in Fukushima Prefecture
An abandoned but well preserved love hotel overlooking a river in Yamanashi Prefecture
There were many abandoned love hotels in the town of Asahikawa, Hokkaido. This is the only one that I was able to enter.
A lonely abandoned love hotel by the sea in Osaka Prefecture
A badly vandalized love hotel ruin near Lake Tama in western Tokyo
The gaudy ruin of a two storey love hotel in Chiba Prefecture
A love hotel in the suburbs of Odate, Akita Prefecture. It was apparently abandoned early in the 21st century, and most of it is still in good condition.
An enormous onsen hotel in Niigata Prefecture, standing on a hill near the sea.
An abandoned but well-preserved rural love hotel in the hills of Fukushima prefecture.
The ruins of a modest business hotel in Kanagawa prefecture, featuring some interesting graffiti
A declining love hotel district in the hills of southern Kanagawa Prefecture. Half the hotels have already been abandoned.
A long disused ropeway that once carried passengers across Lake Okutama in far western Tokyo
A fascinating defunct love hotel district in Kinugawa Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture
The severely decayed remains of a minimalist love hotel in a quiet part of Kyoto Prefecture
An abandoned municipal building in a small town in Akita Prefecture
A collapsing house and an abandoned building in Murayama, Yamagata Prefecture
An abandoned roadside Onsen Hotel in the hills of Akita Prefecture.
The decaying, partially collapsed ruins of a Japanese style inn in the hills of Osaka Prefecture
A large abandoned onsen hotel in Aomori Prefecture, surrounded by many beautiful trees.
The only good pachinko parlour is an abandoned pachinko parlour. Here is a selection of places that I encountered on my travels.
This large, luxurious pleasure house in Mito apparently opened in the 1980's and closed not long afterwards.
A small abandoned building that contained a restaurant and an izakaya
A small abandoned restaurant near an abandoned pachinko parlour in a quiet part of Chiba Prefecture
An abandoned karaoke parlour, an abandoned wedding hall, and an abandoned cow by a river in Yamanashi Prefecture
A large collection of seaside shops and restaurants to the south of Kushiro, Hokkaido. A few businesses remain open, but most have long since been left to rot.
This pair of abandoned restaurants once welcomed travellers on a mountain road in Akita Prefecture. There's a certain beauty in their peaceful decay.
An abandoned house near the ruins of the Hotel Suzukigaike. It was a sad scene of once treasured possessions left to rot.
An abandoned service station in a small town in Hokkaido, peacefully rusting away
An abandoned onsen resort in a remote part of Akita Prefecture. The loneliness and natural beauty of the surroundings make it a poignant place.
An abandoned onsen resort in rural Hokkaido.
A disused stone crushing plant rusting away on a hillside in Hokkaido
A large abandoned tourist hotel in Kiyosato, Yamanashi Prefecture
An abandoned manufacturing complex in Akita Prefecture. Not much remains of the factories apart from a lone chimney and a partially collapsed workshop, but an interesting two storey office building still stands.
A pair of abandoned guest houses quietly rotting away in rural Hokkaido.