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Hashima (端島?), also known as Gunkanjima (軍艦島?) or "Battleship Island",[1] is a 1.2-km2 Japanese island.[2] It is one of 505 uninhabited islands in Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.[3]

The island is on a tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[4]


Hashima is a former coal mining site.[5] People lived on the island from 1887 until 1974.[6]

In 1890, Mitsubishi bought the inhabited island to mine coal from undersea tunnels. The company built Japan's first large concrete building. It was nine stories.[6]

Since 2005, the island has been part of the city of Nagasaki.[source?]


Location of Hashima

Hashima island is near the mouth of Nagasaki harbour. It is about 19 miles from the center of the city.[1]

In popular culture

The island is one of the locations in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kawamoto, Yasuhiko. "Deserted 'Battleship Isle' may become heritage ghost ship," Japan Times, February 17, 2009; retrieved 2012-10-5.
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Hashima" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 294.
  3. Frater, Jamie. (2009). The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists: A Mind-Boggling Collection of Fun, p. 697.
  4. UNESCO, "The Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyûshû and Yamaguchi"; retrieved 2012-10-5.
  5. Bureau of Mines, Dept. of Agriculture and Commerce of Japan. (1909) Mining in Japan, past and present, p. 126.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Burke-Gaffney, Brian. "Hashima: The Ghost Island," Crossroads: A Journal of Nagasaki History and Culture (Summer 1996), Vol. 4, pp. 33–52; retrieved 2012-10-5.
  7., "Another 'Skyfall' location recreated at Pinewood," 12 April 2012;, "James Bond Upcoming Movie “Skyfall”; retrieved 2012-10-6.

Other websites

Media related to Hashima Island at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 32°37′40″N 129°44′18″E / 32.62778°N 129.73833°E / 32.62778; 129.73833