The Abandoned Dodge of Yamanashi

This old Dodge somehow appeared in the deep mountain of Shirasawa Pass, Yamanashi. It was a chilly morning, foggy, rainy. The hike was in the forest, deep and fresh. When we arrived at the elevation of 1,500 meters we finally got to the Dodge. The abandoned truck was at a god-made location: in the misty morning it looked almost holy: it had the wings of the angel on a rotten body.

This truck is a Dodge WC-14 and was brought to Japan by the American army. After World War II, wood was very much in need, especially to repair the city of Tokyo and its neighboring areas. This truck (among others) was used to carry the wood from villages in those mountains to the plains of Kanto. Not surprisingly, the truck finally got stuck here someday.

I came back three years later during winter just to find the Dodge to be unchanged. Still as amazing, but surrounded by snow. I hope the atmosphere of the place renders well on photos because the scene is, in reality, simply breathtaking.

Dodge WC-14The Dodge WC-14


  • 1940 – 1943
  • Location: Yamanashi

  • Lucas Janin

    Magnifique photos ! Spécialement la premiere !
    D’autant plus sur l’écran retina 🙂

    • Merci Lucas ! J’ai essayé de tout faire bien pour l’écran retina, il ne manque plus que les petits drapeaux en bas à gauche ^^ Tu as aimé les… “sous-titres”? Je pense que c’est sympa, avec ça je peux faire des sortes de visites guidées dans les haikyo…

  • Robert-Alan Lynch

    Hmm, I cannot be sure, but it looks like there are bullet holes in the door. It may have seen combat action if that’s the case. My guess is that after service in WW2, it was brought to japan for transport, etc during the Korean War.

    • Maybe. For me the biggest mystery is why is that car in the middle of the mountains. The closest road is kilometers away…

  • épavart

    Superbe épave !!

    Tout partucilièrement la dernière photo avec l’arbre qui pousse en plein milieu.

    Mais les épaves étant mon sujet de prédilection, je regrette qu’on en voit pas plus souvent dans tes Urbex, et c’est très dommage de ne pas avoir mis également les photos non retouchées.

    Cette magnifique épave dans ça lumière naturelle serait bien plus belle dans sont écrin de verdure.


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