Saitama Yano Power Plant

Yano Power Plant was completed in 1914 and was the first water power plant in Saitama. However, the construction of Shimokubo Dam on Kanna river in 1966 put an end to Yano power plant’s short life. This abandoned power plant was supposed to be listed as a civil engineer heritage, and was supposed to be maintained regularly by Tepco; obviously Tepco is not doing their job well as usual… 😛

This haikyo is a one of those who is suited so well with the nature around. The Kanna river flowing at its feet is clear and refreshing, the building itself is completely hidden in the green, on the steep slope going down to the river. The ventilation inside is perfect (no worries of asbestos here), the fan is still turning on its own with the nice wind blowing through. A secrete wonderland where you can take all your time to make some nice photos.


  • 1914 – 1966

  • I just learned about urbex today and like the Japanese term 廃墟 so found your website. There is an abandoned hydroelectric plant that the Russian engineer, Pinchas Rutenberg, built in 1930 at Naharayim (literally, two rivers) where the Yarmuk river flows into the Jordan river. It provided electricity to Jordan and Palestine/Israel until it was destroyed by the invading Iraqi army in the 1948 War of Independence. I just realized that with all the archaeological sites in Israel, it would be a great place for urbex.

    • It would probably be indeed. I really like the photo you posted. It looks like an abandoned hydroelectric plant like the ones we could find anywhere else, but the atmosphere is definitely different! That would be a delight to come and take photos. Thanks a lot for sharing this 🙂

  • This looks really interesting and I’m considering going. But there’s no fear for radiation or anything like that, right?


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