Inside world’s ‘creepiest’ abandoned island where thousands starved to death & homes were left to rot off Japan coast


THE world’s most creepy island saw thousands starve to death and abandon their homes.

Hashima sits just off the Japanese coast and is a tiny piece of land plagued by death and with a dark and twisted past.

Thousands of Korean and Chinese prisoners were forced to work in underground mines on Hashima from 1930 to just after WWII – and some never left.

Established in 1887, at its peak 5,200 people were squeezed into a space of just 480-metre-by-160-metres.

It is thought more than 1,300 workers lost their lives from starvation, exhaustion and malnutrition.

Heavy sea air mixed with fumes pumped out from the mines meant severe respiratory sickness was a common killer.

Those who survived later shared that their experience living on Hashima was so horrific they referred to it as “Jail Island” or “Hell Island”.

Following the war many Japanese people relocated to the island to work there themselves and were cramped into just 5ft of living space.

Salaries of those living on the island were significantly higher than those working on the mainland meaning many were tempted to live there despite the health risks.

After the coal supply ran dry the island was shut down in 1974 – leaving Hashima deserted and untouched for 40 years.


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