13 strange and beautiful Japanese islands you must visit

13 strange and beautiful Japanese islands you must visit.The ghost island from Skyfall

Around 15km from Nagasaki, Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) was used as a coal mining facility between 1887 and 1974, with its population reaching a peak of 5,259 people in 1959. After petroleum replaced coal throughout Japan in the 1960s, it was abandoned, and is now known as “Ghost Island”. A small portion of it was opened to tourists in 2009, and sightseeing boat trips often stop here. It featured as the evil hideout of Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem) in the James Bond film Skyfall and became a World Heritage Site last month.

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