For the management team left in charge of somehow steering the doomed Sports World holiday complex away from disaster, the final few years can’t have been much fun, and, as highlighted in Part 1, they didn’t exactly hang around when it all inevitably ended in disappointment.
There again, the rest of the staff it would seem were similarly swift to say sayonara, leaving rooms for the taking to anybody that now turns up.
Although those that do will have to nestle down with nature,
with a few of the balconies now offering far more greenery than guests may feel is good for them.
Still, the view, while a little wild, is still welcoming.
Even if it is a far cry from its much more pristine past.
And, as far as indoor amenities go, it’s a similarly sorry story, with the pool not even passable for paddling.
However, that’s not to say it hasn’t managed to retain a certain ambience of sorts, making it a nice place to sit — albeit silently — in the sun.
The restaurant on the other hand is really just a wreck,
and meals of any kind are completely off the menu.
That said, those of a considerably more cleanly nature are surprisingly still catered for,
although the showers which, as well as being in a state of disarray, are also decidedly disquieting.
As is the gym, which now arguably resembles a medieval torture chamber,
rather than a modern-ish amenity.
In the third and final part, there are images of Sports World’s huge outdoor facilities, with more ‘now and then’ pictures, including a few salvaged snaps of some of the former, and foreign, staff. Plus, for anyone who missed it and may be interested, part 1 is here.
Neil Duckett says
Those potted palms look like they’re in great condition!
I pop back every week or so to water them Neil.
Love these urban exploration posts, great stuff.
Totally agree. The second pool shot is really good. Very peacefull.
Michael John Grist says
I never saw this indoor pool- good find Lee! I guess it was in the gym complex, through some of the changing rooms? Also the ground floor apartment, never saw it.
Nah, if I remember rightly Michael, it was below the restaurant. There was an onsen there too. On the same level as the gym though.
The guest rooms look better than my apartment.
wow. You could film a really great Horror Movie in there. What are they going to do with the land? It could be refurbshed as a gamers retreat.
I guess it’ll just be left Lilika. Clearing the whole area would be hugely expensive, and is it’s not in an especially populated area, I can’t see how such costs could be worthwhile.
Actually, while we didn’t see anybody, it was obvious that some homeless people were (or at least had been) using the place, so at least it is serving some purpose. As well as providing a great day out too!
the indoor pool starting block marks look like grave crosses.
(there goes “play safe by the water”)
Japanese do not like to buy used stuff. In the US, when a place like this goes out of business, the furniture, exercise equipment, and anything else with some value, would be auctioned off and people would buy it. That’s another reason why haikyo is so interestingly bizarre in Japan, because these places have so much stuff left as if every person just disappeared one day.
this is truelly a site to take in. almost like starring into the fresh rot of a falling Mayan temple. Eerie and looming, the once promotional calendar echos.
I kind of wish there were abandoned parks like that in the US.