Ikeshima Mine (池島炭鉱) is not so popular among haikyo hunters. Firstly, Ikeshima is not falling to pieces yet. Secondly, it suffers from the presence of its glamorous neighbour – Gunkanjima. Ikeshima, however, is bigger, much bigger. And it has been silently dying for the last 10 years. Stepping on this island was a little like holding the hand of a dying stranger in the hospital…

A few foreign workers were sent to this island for training purposes. They were probably mainly from Vietnam and Indonesia, hence the respective languages in addition to Japanese in the “No Trespassing” sign below.

I went to the hospital, opened the door, ignoring the “no entry” signs. But it was pitch dark and I couldn’t really see what were in the rooms. However, I managed to see a lot of medical kits, oxygen bottles, masks, helmets… I didn’t stay long, the building wasn’t dead: I could hear ventilation and noticed many blinking LEDs and various security lights. The whole package was too frightening after a while. I had to leave.

Around 3% of the apartments are still in use, and they’re located mainly around the harbor (I didn’t post any of these as I prefer the abandoned ones).

The school was build in 1959. In 1970, you could find 1287 students and 204 pupils. Now, in 2010, the total amount of students is… 7! But still, the school looks very neat and tidy. At the door entrance, I also found a locked time-capsule that is supposed to be re-opened in August 2015. That’s on my calendar.

The traffic lights still work. It’s always green for the cars, always red for the pedestrians. That’s not right : I see no cars at all, but there are so many little furry pedestrians!

The number of registered residents in 1970 was 8,000. However, in reality 20,000 people were living on the island that year. There are now less than 300 (without counting the cats, obviously).


  • 1913 – 2002
  • Nippon no Haikyo #180

  • Nikozouji

    Here is interesting.

    Cat many many many many

    • It will be a fantastic haikyo one day! When everything will be abandoned! 🙂

  • AFAIK the building you think was the hospital actually wasn’t a hospital, but the / an entrance to the mine. I went to Ikeshima recently and was picked up by two workers in front of the huge apartment buildings – they invited me into the building you mentioned to take some quick pictures and they told me it isn’t / wasn’t a hospital, but the HQ of the company running the island.

  • agung

    How is Ikeshima today? 2 years a go, I was there as student of underground mining of Ikeshima from Indonesia. I think, living there was very enjoyable and provide and forgettable memories.
    We spent our day-off by fishing at the dock and sometimes we makes sashimi from its result.
    The building you named hospital, was our class. we usually chat on the balcony before the class begins

    • I guess it didn’t change much since you were there 🙂 It’s really an interesting place. Do you have a story to share? I would love to hear, then maybe to add it to this article, so everyone can enjoy! I think it would be lovely!


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