Tuberculosis Sanatorium for Children

It sadly wasn’t a beautiful day when we got in front of this place and it was also rather a bad sight. It was very hard to imagine that a few decennies ago, children were playing around this huge tasteless block of concrete. This tuberculosis sanatorium for children has been closed in 1992 and has been vandalized many times since then.

The Tuberculosis Sanatorium for Children (貝塚の結核療養所) was built in 1943 and the government tried to manage the spreading and the treatments of the highly contagious disease. It seems that it has been pretty successful until it closed in 1992 because of the lack of patients.

There were still many machines and material in the hospital. The X-ray and MRI’s made the place really famous in the haikyo community since some of the shots depict organs and sometimes even babies. But one can wonder how they would close such an hospital leaving all this personal information behind.

I’d like to believe most children survived tuberculosis thanks to his hospital. However, one of my Japanese friends told me she could feel and see many children ghosts in this place. For her, it was the most haunted abandoned hospital she had ever visited in Japan.


– x-ray photographs
– swimming-pool
– cold ambiance


  • 1943 – 1992

  • Andrew

    Apparently it wasn’t fenced in well enough.
    Incredible photos, thank you for sharing.

    • Fenced in front, not on the sides… as always 🙂

      • Hi Jordy,

        the surveillance cameras are only around the old school? How about the hospital?

        • The hospital is (was?) accessible easily. It seems fences and cameras are only around the school. However, it seems the location has been demolished recently…

          • Thanks Jordy. Pity to know the location has been demolished! By the way, I’m based in Shanghai and Shanghai got a lot of abandoned “treasures” especially when it comes to old heritage buildings. I also like to do urban exploring but in China it’s a bit more difficult to sneak in. I will share with you later some pictures of a dismissed old factory in Shanghai suburbs where i went in February, it’s also quite amazing and eerie. Glad to know someone with same interests 🙂 Cheers!

  • Kinoko

    Thank you, very interesting post.
    Brain pictures show year 1993 so probably the place was abandoned later than this date.
    Also, looks like the place was not particularly for children, as photos show shots of adult people.
    Btw, I’d better take the photo with brains off as it has too much private information of the person.


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