Strange Abandoned Places features thousands of the best pictures of the worlds most mysterious and fascinating places. As you wander the deserted streets of Hashima Island, you undoubtedly feel like the last living soul in a long-lost world.

Inside Japan's abandoned ghost islandSource:Supplied. To accommodate even more workers in light of this success, Mitsubishi stepped up development of the island considerably.

Hashima is truly a unique and enigmatic place, haunted with the past and perhaps ghosts, that sits still in time as the waves, civilization, and the years flow by around it.

Apparitions have been seen on shore, peeking from darkened windows, or wandering the streets here.

Boats passing the island have at times reported strange lights flickering out among the ruins or inexplicable noises emanating from the deserted town. — Australia’s leading news site. Mitsubishi Corporation developed the land, which sits atop an undersea coal mine that provided fuel for the surging country.

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, between 1943 and 1945, the Japanese government and Mitsubishi transported Korean and Chinese prisoners to the island on Mitsubishi-owned ships known as “hell ships,” and then forced them to handle the most dangerous work in the coal mines.Hundreds of thousands of prisoners died too poor living conditions and coal mining accidents.
When those miners arrived there without knowing that they won't be able to see their homes again, majority of them were 13 years old to 15 years old. Gradually, life on Hashima improved. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Its location and density of buildings presents a unique case study. The effect is that of a place where all human life seems to have just vanished off the face of the earth. Image by Ray Bartlett / Lonely Planet, Travel throwback: Food, wine and Pinocchio in Italy's Lake District, The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral, What to see at these new museum openings around the US. Hashima Island lies among 500-plus desolate islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture, yet its crumbling industrial landscape sets it apart from the rest of the region. Picture: Snotch, FlickrSource:Supplied. Although the empty, forlorn buildings of Hashima have slowly crumbled and disintegrated in some places due to the relentless attack of the sea and elements, there is still the unsettling feeling that someone could step out of their apartment at anytime yet the only life one is likely to see is rats or perhaps a stray cat descended from people’s abandoned pets skulking through the rubble. In the end, it is estimated that thousands died on Hashima, many of these deaths unreported or undocumented; simply a forgotten footnote to the island’s dark history. Picture: Kevin Dooley, Flickr/Google MapsSource:Supplied, A tourist snaps some photos on the island. Ancient ruined cities that remain a mystery, The remains of buildings. Despite the island’s new status and recognition, it remains a place in peril, with recent storms causing additional structural damage to already unstable buildings. Picture: Mab-Ken, FlickrSource:Supplied. Picture: Snotch, FlickrSource:Supplied, It used to be a coal mine.

If you've seen the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012) you may already know this place: that desolate island that was the villain's lair – Hashima provided the inspiration and the aerial shots. During the height of Hashima’s prosperity in the 1950s, the island sported a small city complete with over 30 large concrete buildings, various retail stores, a supermarket, hospital, schools, library, gymnasium, hairdresser, movie theater, bars, restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, temple, shrine, and even a pinball parlor, brothel, and dance hall, all crammed onto a tiny island barely the length of 12 football fields.

The island played a key role in Japan’s rapid industrialization during the rising years of the 20th century. Miners were often required to toil away in hellishly hot and humid conditions up to 1,000 meters down in the earth beneath the ocean in ever lengthening, rickety shafts, where they were subject to perils such as collapsing mineshafts, toxic fumes, and gas explosions, all with little to no safety precautions put in place. COIBA ISLAND: A HAUNTED PRISON IN PARADISE. All things told, most people were enjoying luxuries that they had never had before and the quality of life on the island was better than it had ever been. It wasn’t long before families simply left their homes, sailing back to shore in search of new work, often leaving their belongings behind. IN CASE you missed it, check out these incredible photos of an island that was deserted in 1974 and has since fallen into ruins. Commonly referred to as Gunkanjima or “Battleship Island,” it resembles an approaching warship with its concrete sea walls and towering grey buildings. Stepping off the boat is like entering a dystopian world of sci-fi or video games: giant twisted girders, crumbling brick structures, and shrubbery reclaiming the spaces in which an entire community once thrived.