The Lost Student of Gunkanjima

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

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


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…


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.

  • Sylvain Bodin

    Good photos. Less scarier than the one by night

    • JingMeow

      Thank you Sylvain~ I am glad you like that one, a lot of people said the same thing. At night, it was not that scary actually. It is a bit dangerous because you do not really see what you are stepping on. ><
      Regarding to extra equipment, we actually do not have any. Other more careful people actually have some (special gloves, masks .etc), but we do not…Cameras and lenses are enough weight to carry.

  • Nacho Labrador cervera

    Awesome report Jordy, i would like to visit it someday. Probably next october or next year i will travel to there for it. I will notice to you.

    Greetings and congrats for this report!

    • Meow • Japan & Urbex

      Thank you very much This is the first report and there are 9 more to come! Good luck on getting there

    • Meow • Japan & Urbex

      Thank you very much This is the first report and there are 9 more to come! I guess you’re already ask one of our mutual friend to get you there so good luck with it, urbex is indeed a world full of luck, tricks and patience And in Japan, it gets extrapolated.

  • Loan Nguyen

    Nice pictures. I really like Jing’s picture, really looks like a film poster.
    The last one gives me the chills. 

    • Meow • Japan & Urbex

      Glad this article brings your emotions out! And wow, I’m impressed, you’ve just moved but already online Take care and good luck

    • Meow • Japan & Urbex

      Glad this article brings your emotions out! And wow, I’m impressed, you’ve just moved but already online Take care and good luck

  • Alessandro Geminiani

    Amazing urban exploration session.
    Really liked it.

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      Thanks Alessando. There is more to come but I’m still working on it

      • Alessandro Geminiani

        Great. I look forward to it.

  • michaeljohngrist

    Great photos Jordy. Well done!

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      Thanks a lot MJG! You responsible for having me getting started at the first place, so any complain about my explorations will be redirected to you

  • Stef Fisack

    Nice repo + very nice photos

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      Thanks a lot Stef, there are more to come

  • Evan


    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      Thanks Evan

  • Pearl Loi

    Thanks for sharing All these made me explored to the other part of the world…Appreciate it…Will definitely keep updating your site

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      Thanks a lot @pearlloi:disqus

  • Jester Lights

    Awesome ! Thanks for letting us see a bit of that magnificent site .
    Definitely the kind of place I’d love to lightpaint, along with Pripiat

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      Would love to go back and spend more time on light-painting

  • L Austin

    How were you able to tour around? Who do I need to know?

    • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

      In the right order: swimming, climbing, hiding. Some tried helicopter but they got shot…