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Gunkanjima: A Maze of Streets & Hellish Staircases (2/10)

Written by Jordy Meow. Published on May 20, 2012.

Gunkanjima is an abandoned metropolis that is almost beyond your imagination. Despite a history that justifies its crazy evolution (see my summary article for the history of Hashima Island), the reality is hard to believable; the Island, yet tiny , is a fabulous labyrinth of avenues, streets and lanes with overhead bridges on top of each other. To discover this very special geography of Gunkanjima, I suggest a short hike under a beautiful spring sunshine and a pleasant breeze from the sea.

Balconies of Gunkanjima

Walking on the balconies…

First surprise:  the ground is full of garbage, broken wood, bits of cements corroded by the ocean air. We were not expecting any sound effect, but there was; the waves breaking on the walls of the island, birds screaming, rats rattling in basements and door slamming by themselves…

Messed-Up Street on Gunkanjima

Messed-up.

Layers of Footbridges on Gunkanjima

Layers of footbridges.

Two apartment blocks are connected by walkways that appear extremely intense … Is this an original style by an insane architect? Or is this a configuration for pure practical reasons?

Footbridge between Block 51 and 16 on Gunkanjima

Footbridges between the Block 51 and the Block 16.

In a distance this giant bridge summons us …

Delightly Attracting - Gunkanjima

Delightly attracting.

Apocalyptic scenes in a row …

The Lost Student of Gunkanjima

The Lost Student of Gunkanjima.

Arriving at the legendary staircase; the “Stairway to Hell”. The last time I did not have time to go, but things are different now…

Closer to the Sky on Gunkanjima

The Mythical Stairway to Hell.

 It ends up at the grand gateway of the island. Like the others, it connects adjacent apartment blocks.

Hashima Footbridge

Impressive footbridge.

Looking down from the footbridge of Gunkanjima

Looking down…

Stunning views from all sides.

Walking on the Impressive Footbridge of Gunkanjima

Impressive footbridge.

 

Today's Colors are Blue Gray and Yellow

Yellow, Gray, Blue…

We climbed back down to those old apartments covered in vegetation. I have been looking forward to exploring them…

Fantastic Light on Gunkanjima

Coming down…


RC4F Block 3 on Gunkanjima

Between buildings at the top…

We’re back down in front of the remains of what was particularly the nurses’ dormitory. It seems that there was a fire.

Senfukuji Sect and Nurses Dormitory on Gunkanjima

Remains of the Senfukuji Sect (泉福寺) and the Nurses Dormitory…

Wedged between two concrete monoliths …that are about to collapse.

RC6F Block 56 on Gunkanjima

Between buildings at the bottom…

The sun begins to set and bathed the island in an orange tone.

The Day is Ending on Gunkanjima

The day is ending…

A quick look at the apartments that we have previously seen from above… we found ourselves again in front of  the fantastic staircase.

RC2F Apartments on Gunkanjima

Crazy staircase in the back…

Glance at the Stairway of Gunkanjima

The Stairway…

Instead we chose to admire the sunset, sitting on the crumbled stairs…

Welcome to Hell on Gunkanjima

Come here…

Stunned.

Sunset from the Stairway to Hell on Gunkanjima

Sunset as seen from the Stairway to Hell.

And before the island is completely plunged into darkness, here is one last magical moment,  at the entrance of the delusional Block X.

X-Block 67 at Gunkanjima

The X-Block 67.

If you want to discover more about Gunkanjima, visit my summary here: Gunkanjima: 10 Stories, 200 Photos.

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