Nagasaki Old Labour Camp
You might recognise Hashima Island from the James Bond movie Skyfall. It makes for a great film location, but the events that make this such a grim place to visit are all too real.
Located nine miles from Nagasaki, this was once a forced labour camp, where prisoners — prior to and during the Second World War — were brought to work in the offshore coal mines. Conditions were brutal and deaths common. The mines were closed in the 1970s, but the dark mood endures.
Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, is a bleak place, all crumbling concrete and broken glass, with weeds growing everywhere. Parts of the island are open to visitors, although much is off-limits, due to the dangers posed by the decaying structures. Hashima has an apocalyptic feel — nowhere more so than at the infamous Stairway to Hell. Dark and disturbing, visiting here is an unnerving experience.