Once, the coal industry on Gunkanjima flourished, and the island acted as a submarine coal field. It was abandoned in 1974, however, and the allure it holds today is the chance if offers to catch a glimpse of what daily life was like during the island's coal mining period. A steep cliff wraps around the entire island, and the silhouette of high-rise buildings made with rebar and concrete is thought to look like a battleship. This is where the island got its name: Gunkanjima literally means ""battleship island"" in Japanese. The island is also registered as a World Cultural Heritage site. On the Gunkanjima Cruises, passengers can learn about the history of Gunkanjima as well as actually step off the boat onto the island and experience firsthand the rebar and concrete seven-story apartment buildings and the office of the brickwork coal mines.
In addition, after departing from Nagasaki-ko Port and before landing at Gunkanjima, passengers can gaze back at the Nagasaki cityscape and Nagasaki-ko Port's landmark Kimegami Ohashi Bridge. For those who want the full experience of Gunkanjima's history of prosperity and decay, this is not a tour to pass up.
Photograph provided by Nagasaki Prefecture Convention and Tourism Association
- 3.5 Hours
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- Postal code
11-22, motofuna-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki
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- Recommended season
- January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Business Hours
Monday･Tuesday･Wednesday･Thursday･Friday･Saturday･Sunday : 08:00~17:00
Irregular closing days. Please check beforehand.
- Admisson Fee
JPY3600 / Adult, JPY1800 / Child
*Landing fee is required separately.
Adults: JPY 310
Children: JPY 150
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