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Off the Nagasaki coast lies the ghost island of Gunkanjima. From 1887 to 1974, this compact island was home to a lively mining community with a school, hospital and apartments. Now the 'Alcatraz' of Nagasaki draws thousands of visitors a year after it became world famous as a setting in the James Bond film Skyfall.
Originally the island was named Hasjima, but it soon acquired the nickname ‘Gunkanjima’. ‘Gunkan’ is Japanese for ‘battleship’: from a distance the island and its many buildings resemble a warship. Japanese car multinational Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 to mine coal from undersea mines. Over the course of time, the island became a thriving community.
“Google maps has mapped the entire island, even the parts that are off-limits to visitors.”