Meihan Health Land stands beside the Meihan National Highway in rural Mie Prefecture. It has the distinction of being the only establishment that I have visited both when it was still in business and after it fell into ruins. In December 2003 I spent a night there while on a cycling tour. I took a snapshot of the place just before I departed, which appears below. It's not a very good photograph, but it's the only one I have so it will have to do.
Years later I, while browsing a Japanese web site devoted to abandoned buildings, I saw the ruins of Meihan Health Land and remembered that I had once stayed there. In December 2015 I returned to the area for the first time since my cycling tour. I photographed an old Convair 240 in the morning, then checked out an abandoned love hotel that I'd seen online. Amazingly, the love hotel had been thoroughly renovated and reopened, something that I've never seen happen before. Buildings in Japan seldom get a second chance after they fall into disuse. In the afternoon I visited Meihan Health Land for the second time.
There was a fence around the property, but it had been neglected, and had collapsed on one side, so I just walked on in to have a look around.
A lot of apparently brand-new small trucks and vans, without licence plates, were parked in the car park on one side of the building. I guessed that the site was being used to store vehicles prior to delivery.
The building was a sorry sight after years of abandonment. The windows and doors had been removed, and there was a large hole in the wall, so I just walked straight in to explore the interior.