Hashima (Gunkanjima, Battleship Island）
Hashima is also known by its nickname “Gunkanjima” (Battleship Island) due to its unique silhouette. This island has been added to the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its historical
value based on its industrial heritage in 2015, as a component of “Sites of Japan’ s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (Japan).” It has also been getting worldwide attention as it was the model for the “Dead City” in the James Bond movie “Skyfall” (2013). “”Attack on Titan” (2015) also used Gunkanjima as a model for the setting of the live action movie version. Gunkanjima flourished as a coal mining community since 1890. In 1974 when the coal mine closed, the island became completely deserted. Today, boat tours and landing tours are offered to Hashima.
Gunkanjima Digital Museum
Through the huge screen and the projection mapping, this museum takes you to the former flourishing time of Gunkanjima when it had the highest population density in the world, as well as a restricted area where you could never see even by the landing tour.
This garden has been designated as an Important Cultural Asset. Here you can visit the beautiful traditional homes built for British merchants, including the oldest wooden Western-style residence in Japan, built by the Scottish merchant Thomas Glover, who exerted a strong influence on the industrialization of Japan.
The Former Glover Residence was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 2015 under ‘Sites of Japan’s Meiji Restoration: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining’. The garden is lush with flowers, and has a stunning view of Nagasaki Port. The Christmas illuminations in winter time are also worth to visit.