Japan’s abandon ‘Battleship Island’ explored by Google Maps (3 pictures + video)

A small island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture, Hashima was populated from the late 19th century to the 1970s as a coal mining facility. The island was then abandon, closing out all access to the public until late 2009, and then now opened up to Google Trekker and the Maps Team.

With the help of the Nagasaki goverment, Google gained access to even the territories blocked off to tourists.

Click here to access ‘Battleship Island’ 

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