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In 2017, during a holiday to Japan, I visited the Hakone area, south-east of Mt Fuji, via day-trip from Tokyo. One of the stops was Mt Hakone – accessed via cable-car from lake Ashi.

 

Due to timing, we only had a few minutes a the top of Mt Hakone. This was my first encounter with the eerie - Komagatake Ropeway top station.


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(Above pic is a screenshot from Google Maps street view)


 

In 2019 on another visit to Japan I decided to make a point of visiting this mountain again – to get close look...

 

In 2017, only the ground floor of the station was open to the public, holding only a ticket counter, small gift shop, a photo booth, and some vending machines. The stairwell to the second floor was blocked off, and the sign for the bathrooms was covered up.


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(Screenshot from Google Maps street view)


 

This enormous concrete block, perched on a cliff edge of Mt Hakone serves as anchor point for the cable car, and looks out over lake Ashi.

Its showing the signs of its age. Wikipedia says it opened in 1963.

 

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It feels strange that something this run down is still in operation...


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In 2017 – I desperately wanted to have a look upstairs of the creepy building, but didn't want to risk trying to sneak past the stairs from the lobby...


 

In 2019, the blocked sign was removed from the stairs!, and I guess they opened up the bathrooms on level 2. As soon as we entered the lobby, I decided to dash for it... my wife happily exploring the gift shop downstairs.


 

The blockade on the stairs was now moved to the second floor – with only the bathrooms accessible.

With no tourists on this floor yet, I figured – this is it - now or never!, and I jumped over the boom and headed upstairs – careful to listen for any noises from upstairs...

 

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My heart was pounding as I snuck further! I had to stop shooting a bit as some tourists just around the corner from me came up the stairs to visit the bathrooms... (noises from camera shutter...)


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As I went higher, you could see that the walls of the upper floors were never even painted. I wonder if they have ever been in service since 1963!

 

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I guess when they build this behemoth, they envisaged a restaurant and maybe visitor centre, maybe accommodation in the upper floors?

 

 

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A wooden trimming on the stair handrail as you approach the top floor.

 

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The top floor-

A chair against the wall,and some colourful stickers against the glass doors. The only colour in this dreary building.

I'm guessing one of the top-station employees comes up here for their lunch break...

 

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The top floor is basically empty, except for some communications gear that was probably installed much later.

 

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After this I snuck back down. I regret not checking if any of the bathrooms were open.


 

More external shots:

 

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I think these are heat-lamps,keeping the motor-controllers from freezing.


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Besides this top station building, the only other structure visible at the top is Hakonejinja Mototsumiya temple.

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A blue tile on the ground along the path to Hakone-jinja

 

 

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The temple shows no signs of life...

 

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On the way back down:

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As we were ascending the mountain, from the gondola, you can see some wooden cabins in the forest below... Some of them looked a bit worse off... I decided to go have a look when we came back down...

 

There was a sign board next to the road leading up the the cabins – The Hakone Prince Dog Cottage. It is spring – sakura season.


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The cabins near the bottom of the mountain were still looking ok – they were probably still being rented out, but there were no signs of any visitors or staff.


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As you go higher up the mountain, it was clear that some of these cabins have not been in service in years. Completely overgrown, full of moss, algae and weeds.


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A tree growing out of the front porch suggests the age of disuse.

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Peering through the mosquito netting, I can see and old CRT TV and VCR


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There are downed power lines and more trees. Some of the side roads leading to the cabins are completely overgrown. I don't think anyone has walked down there for years.


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No more Mario-cart for you


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White blossoms

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Looks like this one has a fridge, that probably held those two tubs of whatever.


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Outside

 

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After this encounter, my first experience in “urban exploration”, I started noticing, in the town where we stayed (Atami), and along the roads of Yugawara which we drove through, there were plenty of eerie relics-


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(Screenshot from Google Maps street view)

 

and many run down and abandoned places-

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I made a point to explore further...


A roadside visitor centre / rest stop, found across the road from a toll-gate. No idea how old this is – its definitely not in operation anymore. No name to it in Google maps.

 

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I pulled off to the side of the road and walked across the empty parking area. It had a crazy amount of parking space. I don't think it was ever full.

 

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There was a small van parked out back, and a guy messing around. No idea how it got in – both entrances were barred.

 

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Mt Fuji in the background


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Remnants of a hotel or possible a rec centre / maybe hot-spring pool-

 

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Dated 2006

 

 

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There is some underground structure as well. Looked too dangerous to explore.

 


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The upper structure, attached to the mountain, leads you to go further up

 

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Very overgrown up there. I couldn't get over the bridge to go further up.


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The bridge lead over an artificial waterfall


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I was making a lot of noise cracking through the bamboo... I ducked down for a bit while a traffic warder appeared.


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Overgrown pedestrian walkway. There is literally nothing on the other side – just the steep mountain. I wonder how many people have ever crossed that bridge.

 

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I think this is the “town office branch” - maybe a local council building. Only half of the building is still in use. The other half is piled full of junk.

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A walkway over the road-

 

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Leading to a school – also abandoned...


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This school really intrigued me – I thought there might be some good photos to be had.

 

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At the point, as I entered into a courtyard area, there was a car with a guy in it. He saw me to I just waved and pretended to be a dumb tourist. I continued to take a few pics, but he came out of his car and followed me for a bit...

 

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I pretended to leave. The guy went back to his car – then I doubled-back to check out the gym!

 

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Not being able to explore this area further, I left, however, later that day I noticed on Google maps that there is supposed to be a pool at the back of the school! - and also there is a road going up towards the back. Since we'd be travelling back past this area, I decided to give it one more go.

At the back of the school is a forest, leading up a mountain. The road stops quite a while away, and you have to make your way through the forest towards the school. Lucky for me, a path was cleared here, leading parallel to the school. I guess to prevent forest fires from reaching the school.

 

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First obstacle was this ditch or embankment. About 1.5m deep.

 

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Continuing-

 

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As I got near the back of the school where the pool was supposed to be, there was a big ravine. I had to go down there, over some embankments and down a further set of retaining walls.

 

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Everything was wet and covered in moss. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to climb back up the walls. It was pretty quiet out here. Only me struggling through the bamboos.


 

I reached the pool!! :D

 

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There was a thicket of bamboo growing around it...

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An abandoned hotel on the shore-

 

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When we got back to the small town to return the rental car, I spotted this place walking to the train station-


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I couple more random shots

 

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      Always wanted a shot of adders pissing


      Cooling tower ladders have long since been removed




      The best bit about this place was taking in the views from one of the factory towers, although the staircase was a bit of a headfuck


      Factory buildings below


      The turbine hall. Amazingly two security guys appeared from nowhere and made us leave before we could grab any shots of the inside. You're really not missing much though as the turbines have been removed along with everything else. Why anyone is securing it is completely beyond me!
       
      Kombinati Metalurgjik, Elbasan
       
      Elbasan is located about 50km from the capital of Albania, Tirana. The Kombinati Metalurgjik steel works, a flagship of the Albanian industry, was built between the 1960s and 1970s. The complex was built by Chinese engineers with the assistance of Albanian specialists. The levels of pollution caused by the plant were the subject of much controversy in the 90s. The size of the site is colossal but only a few buildings remain operational today. Much of it is derelict beyond repair or has already been flattened. 


      Most of the buildings you see in the distance here are barely standing. You can see the remains of a blast furnace to the left.


      The only buildings worth a look were located right next to the live site. This one was locked up tight with several dogs acting as security inside.


      Next door a few buildings were wide open


       

       



      Buckets for pouring molten steel






      Small control room. After this we went back to the car and found an old man shaking his walking stick at us angrily so we left.
       

      There were a few more buildings full of stuff that we didn't manage to get into as they were well locked up. Definitely a bit more to see here I think but nothing too epic.
       
      Përrenjas - Locomotive Graveyard
       
      The country's first standard gauge line was built in 1947. From then on the construction of the country's rail network underwent significant development as Albania was considered to be the only state in Europe not to have standard rail service. By 1987, 677 km of railway had been constructed in total, linking the main urban and industrial centres for the first time since the end of World War II. Train transport was the main transportation method until 1990. After the collapse of Communism, and increase in use of motor vehicles, the network fell into disrepair. Today the country's rail network is almost entirely defunct. In Përrejas we visited this group of abandoned diesel ČKD T669 locomotives.
       

      Përrenjas abandoned station. There was a man inside there who didn't appreciate us climbing on the trains
       



       



       
      Pyramid of Tirana
       
      On 14 October 1988, the pyramid opened as a museum about the legacy of Enver Hoxha, the long-time leader of Communist Albania, who died in 1985. When built, the pyramid was said to be the most expensive individual structure ever constructed in Albania. After 1991, following the collapse of Communism, the museum closed and for several years it was repurposed as a conference centre and exhibition venue. During the 1999 Kosovo War, the former museum was used as a base by NATO and humanitarian organisations. Since 2001, part of the Pyramid has been used as a broadcasting centre by Albanian media outlets Top Channel and Top Albania Radio. Numerous proposals have been made to demolish the structure but the majority of Tirana's citizens are against the demolition. In 2017 it was announced that the pyramid will not be demolished, but refurbished. In 2018, a new project was unveiled that would turn the Pyramid into a technology centre for youth focused on computer programming, robotics, and start ups.
       

       

       

      Inside I bumped into a sleepy eyed squatter who invited me to take a look around.


       

       



      We meant to have a pop at this under construction skyscraper overlooking the main square but unfortunately ran out of time
       

      Not a particularly impressive view from up here but certainly a unique one
       
      A few friends we made along the way


       

      A bunker full of goats all set for the apocalypse. Just one of the 173,371 bunkers in Albania!
       

       
              
       
      Thanks for looking!
       
       
    • By urblex
      This was the second of two places we looked at, and was one of those 'we probably won't get into this one' places. It's always a bonus when you're pretty much convinced you wont get in then turn up & end up getting in 😀 The place was covered with mushrooms (Jews Ear apparently) and mould has taken it's hold on the place, by the time i got to the second floor started to feel a bit queasy breathing it all in, reminded me to get some masks for next time. A pretty cool place, with plenty to see and a variety of 'funky' lampshades... Started losing daylight by the time we reached the 3rd floor so the pics started to get gradually worse.
       

       

       
      History
      Not sure exactly when it opened but it was up & running in the 1930's. In it's day it stood on it's own extensive grounds over 3 acres. The greater portion of this was devoted to sun bathing and recreational lawns. The remainder was largely a kitchen garden which provided fresh garden produce to the tables. 
      Quote from its promotional literature "The views from the bedrooms are delightful. Those on the front and on one side have an open outlook over the sea, the others overlook the golf links and the open country. Your views are in every room open, nothing shuts in any part of BRADDA PRIVATE HOTEL. 'BRADDA' has been entirely redesigned, enlarged, redecorated and refurnished, and is now one of the most beautiful hotels in the Island"
      Unsure exactly when it closed but from what i can tell it was around 2015. 
      A proposal to demolish the dilapidated hotel and erect a residential care home, along with car parking, access and highway alterations, was submitted by Spaldrick Care Ltd in September last year.
      The developer estimated construction of the home would cost £5 million and create 60 full-time jobs.
      Around thirty families objected to the plans, as well as Port Erin Commissioners and the government's planning committee.
      Concerns were raised over the scale of the development, its impact on views, privacy, traffic and parking, as well as its conformity with both the Southern Area Plan, and the all-Island Strategic Plan.
      The plans were initially overruled by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. However following a successful appeal by the developer this year, and on the recommendation of the planning inspector, the plans got the green-light.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      some of the lampshades



       
      some of the lovely mold & decay the place had to offer



    • By The_Raw
      Highgate station was originally constructed by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway in the 1860s on its line from Finsbury Park to Edgware. It was purchased in July 1867 by the larger Great Northern Railway (GNR) and opened on 22 August 1867.

      How it looked in 1868 with a passing loop in the middle for trains terminating at Highgate
      The station was rebuilt during the 1880s with a new island platform on the site of the former passing loop. The side platforms were from this point onwards disused.

      A photo from the early 20th century showing the different layout
      As part of the 1935 'New Works' plan to incorporate the Edgware, High Barnet and Alexandra Palace lines in to the London transport network the station was one again rebuilt with a new brick platform building. Shortly before the start of WW2 the lines began to appear on underground maps. With the start of WW2 however the service was reduced and never quite picked up again.

      How it looked in 1941
      Closure was announced in 1953 as the number of passengers travelling on the line didn't justify it's electrification. A shuttle service continued to run until 3rd July 1954 when the station closed to passenger traffic.

      In the 1950s just before closure
      This section of line between Finsbury Park & Highgate remained open to freight traffic until 1st October 1962 and it has been abandoned ever since. I sourced the history & pics from here http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/h/highgate/
      I visited with Extreme Ironing, it was a really fascinating little place even though it didn't take long to get round it. I hope to go back there some time and photograph it on a misty morning.
      These are the sealed off tunnels on the east side.



      The 1940s brickwork station


      The house on the right used to be part of the station but is now an occupied private property

      No idea what this machinery was once used for….

      Old advertising/timetable boards in the middle


      Heading for the staircase

      The cage shut for the last time

      Through the cage you could see the bottom of the stairs bricked off with a just a worker's entrance

      Think this may have been an old waiting room…..

      Looking back along the platform

      The tunnels at this end (west) of the station are completely overgrown

      Parts of the trackbed have been covered with plastic sheeting to prevent water seepage into the northern line concourse below

      Thanks for looking
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