Hashima Island, also known as ‘Battleship Island’ is located roughly nine miles from Nagasaki, and was once a thriving coal mining town from 1887 to 1974. When petroleum replaced coal in Japan, the island was shut down, and everyone moved on. What’s left is crumbling office buildings and apartment complexes.
Like with any deserted town, the place looks hauntingly beautiful. Which is why it served as inspiration for the lair of villain Raoul Silvathe from the James Bond film Skyfall.
The deserted island of Hashima
While exterior footage of the island was shot for the movie, the actual scenes inside the community were built at Pinewood Studios in Great Britain. CGI effects were then added to make it look as thought they were shooting at the island. Hashima Island is open to the public and I would definitely recommend a visit. Take a look at some of these amazing photos below.
While the island looks big, it’s actually only 16 acres.