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Yamanakako Lake: Ruins & Sorrow

Yamanakako Lake: Ruins & Sorrow

The lakes around Mount Fuji also experienced their heyday, however ephemeral. I go today to Lake Yamanakako, especially to visit two abandoned hotels. On the place, I find out that the former is being restored, but the second one a little harder to find, is a ruin. The hotel consists of two buildings, the first is completely moldy, excessively wet, and seemed to be a reception or gala (there are dressing rooms for the “artists”). The second is the hotel itself.

Yamanakako Hotel

It seems to be in bad shape.

 

Yamanakako Hotel

The main room.

 

Yamanakako Hotel - Dead Pig

Kawaiiiiiii ! A very cute and pleasant discovery here. A child boar died here.

 

Yamanakako Hotel

The kitchen is always well stocked, we always find the plates, cutlery, oven, sauces, and … in a back room, boilers.

 

Yamanakako Hotel

 

Yamanakako Hotel

The rooms make a good impression, we would like to stay for summer camps!

 

Yamanakako Hotel

Not enough place for everyone.

 

Yamanakako Hotel

On the roof. And the old logo of Toshiba.

 

Yamanakako Hotel

Nice view on the lake Yamanakako.

 

Yamanakako Hotel

All keys are still at the reception.

 

Yamanakako Hotel

In the same complex there is also a small party ryokan, but without onsen.

The Hotel Yamanakako is not an extraordinary visit, but it is the same with haikyo. Surprises, ruined places, or places that have nothing special. But during the visit, we are always a bit excited, wondering what will be when we open the door! We leave the hotel to go around the lake, not knowing that we will find another haikyo…

Yamanakako - Fishermen

Very cool fishermen.

We cross many places abandoned on the road around the lake, a game room here, but also two other hotels. Unfortunately, everything is locked we cannot visit them.

Yamanakako - Game Center

Game room.

That’s how we find the haikyos! In searching for ourselves, looking carefully around us, taking the back roads, looking for suspicious locations … and of course, GPS is mandatory! The book on the left is Nippon No haikyo, it contains 200 spots with maps. The place to start. I also use many of Google Maps on my iPhone, much more accurate and complete than GPS.

We find the next haikyo of the day, losing ourselves on the back roads behind the lake. What a great discovery!

Yamanakako SPG House

Hiku (pull) ! And it is working !

 

Yamanakako SPG House

Billiard balls…

 

Yamanakako SPG House

… for the beautiful pool in the lobby !

 

Yamanakako SPG House

The reception of the hotel.

 

Yamanakako SPG House

The kitchen is plunged into darkness. Windows covered with vegetation let no longer pass any light. In addition, the ground is a real swamp.

Yamanakako SPG House

We go up one floor and there, incredibly, everything is clean and in good condition.

 

Yamanakako SPG House

The old TV set looks new.

Yamanakako SPG House

All keys are on the dashboard of the reception.

 

Yamanakako SPG House

Chewing gum, instead, is slightly faded.

 

Yamanakako SPG House

A calendar from 1996.

It’s always more impressive to discover places yourself, this second visit of the day was one level up. We still have some time to be tourists…

Yamanakako - Mount Fuji

Mount-Fuji, with the lake Yamanakako.

Yamanakako - Mount Fuji

Final photo of the cool fishermen 😉

In fact, the first haikyo is not really a hotel but a kind of training center for employees of a company that went bankrupt. You can find more information  on my site about the ruins of Japan, completely dedicated to haikyo. From now on, I’ll post on Meow.fr only the important haikyos 🙂

  • Urban Eye

    nice work!! an cool photos 😉 Yamanakako is a perfect place to make Urbex.

    • I was very excited the first time I went. Now I see it very differently, I am more interesting in a lake and Fuji-san! But the hotel is worth checking, especially is the dead pig is still there ^^

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I am Jordy Meow, I am a French photographer living in Japan. My interest is to discover and share information about offbeat and lesser known locations for foreigners coming or living in Japan. I published books and now preparing new beautiful series of guidebooks.

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