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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

Yamanakako Hotel

Yamanakako Hotel - Dead Pig

Yamanakako Hotel

Yamanakako Hotel

Yamanakako Hotel

Yamanakako Hotel

Yamanakako Hotel

Yamanakako Hotel

Yamanakako Hotel

Yamanakako Hotel

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

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

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

Yamanakako SPG House

Yamanakako SPG House

Yamanakako SPG House

Yamanakako SPG House

Yamanakako SPG House

Yamanakako SPG House

Yamanakako SPG House

Yamanakako SPG House

Yamanakako SPG House

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

Yamanakako - Mount Fuji

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 🙂

Who Am I

I am Jordy Meow, a French photographer living in Japan. I explore discover offbeat and lesser known places in Japan. Wish to see more, or to help me? Here is my Patreon.

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