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Alexis Alvarez
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« on: September 19, 2006, 11:04:47 PM »
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I'm new to the group, living in Tokyo, interested in a bit of underground exploring.  Anyone else in the area?  Any recommendations for old industrial sites, anywhere in Japan?

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006, 12:03:41 AM »
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Hi Alexis,

I am not really into that and my advise might therefore not be relevant, but here are some hints TBC:

- there is a site in Nikkou (rather surprising, I know), somewhere on the left of the road going from the temple to Chuusenjiko. A friend living in the area visited the place and found it amazing. Sorry if it is a bit vague, but you should be able to find it on a map,

- the sea side part of the Kawasaki area is very industrial, and you might find some sites there, but chances are that new stuff were rebuilt in most locations. Japanese rarely leave any space un-used for long around Tokyo...

- Gunkanjima near Hiroshima (far from Tokyo though) has potential but its access is seemingly forbidden nowadays,

Japanese colleagues I asked were unable to provide any hint besides these.

Good luck.

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Bernard
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2006, 01:56:16 AM »
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Hi,

be sure to keep a close eye on newsprograms and -talkshows, especially when they are about environmental issues.
From the top of my head, there are sites where old buses are left to rot into the ground, where old pachinko machines are dumped, and I believe in Hokkaido somewhere there is a tire dumping site with a true mountain of automobile tires.
There was an issue with some guy expanding his house illegally until it had three stories and consisted of two or three adjacent houses in the end.

Go to any neglected half-developed countryside and you should find some sites though, there are plenty of abandoned villages these days due to aging and such.

But as Bernard says, if the place is too central or valuable, there is little chance it will lay empty for long.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006, 06:08:33 AM »
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If you want to explore, along Tokyo bay in Chiba would seem like the best bet. Actually, you may find a lot of interesting things along Tokyo bay from Chiba to Yokohama. If not abandoned industrial sites, at least active industrial sites are there. Land is too scarce to waste here with idle factories.
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