Tourists visit the abandoned island of Gunkanjima or “Battleship Island”

(All photos by Richard Atrero de Guzman/AFLO)

Hashima Island, commonly known as Gunkanjima or “Battleship Island,” is an abandoned island located off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in southwest Japan – Photographed August 8, 2017.

The island was a coal mining facility until its closure in 1974.
It is a reminder of a rapid industrialization and its dark history on forced labor in Japan during the Second World War.
The island is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.