Having somewhat unsteadily stepped onto the abandoned buildings (haikyo) bandwagon with a rummage round a ramshackle restaurant along with a look at a long since used love hotel, the discovery of a dismally decaying hospital was a delight.
From the building’s exterior, the far from pristine nature of Keishin Hospital is painfully clear, and inside, a mixture of plants and people have taken their toll, with greenery,
and especially graffiti, in the ascendancy.
As a result, the reception area is presumably more colourful than it once was, although it was hardly patients aplenty.
Which, considering the awful state of the apparatus, is perhaps as well.
And, on the lower floors at least, less creative creatures now cast a long shadow,
having wreaked havoc on the blighted building — the kitchens,
and corridors in particular,
offering little of their past life.
But although the lift was very much out of service,
the stairs were still accessible, and higher up,
artwork rather than annihilation was much more to the fore, with a fare amount of it of a phenomenally high standard. Photos of which, can be seen here in part 2.
(click images for higher-res haikyo hospital)
Looks like you just visited the NHS in the UK.
Nah, there were no queues Bunny.
Looks like a very very interesting place to where I would spend lotsa my time hanging around actually. Abandoned buildings are perfect for graffiti because you dont get interrupted or anything, and can truly work on art, albeit not as many people might see it in that somewhat of a hidden place.
Great photos Lee, question though why do they leave such buildings standing & not demolish them ?
Seems a fairly large facility that is now just a wreck.
Good question Redline, and sadly one I can’t answer. Buildings do tend to go up (and down) here at a staggering pace, so it’s not exactly common to see something like this. And especially on such a scale.
Perhaps its size has actually played a part, and also it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere. Just off a busy road, and surrounded by some small factories/workshops and a few fields, so not exactly a prime location.
And with very few houses nearby, there perhaps hasn’t been the complaints that there would have been in a more residential area.
Still, an eyesore is an eyesore wherever it is!
Oh, this is the property you’ve bought and moving into, Lee. I am so slow. Very plush, mate. Very swanky and airy to say the least. Nice view of the paddy fields.
oh man that is so awesome! what a secluded place to do… anything! you could practice your martial arts on the roof, take your girl there, skateboard, it would be excellent for paintball too… wish i lived near that :D. i bet its fun to be inside when its raining too. i would so love to climb all over it
I agree shinobi. Very cool!
Ohhh!!! You are a urban explorer!!! I would love to find these types of buildings and explore!
It reminds me of the last scene of Children of Men
Wow, great pictures. What a hidden gem. Arigato!
awesome pics lee, but how do you find these places? word of mouth, stumble upon by chance?
I came across this place through Mike in Japan’s website. There’s a link to it and the map in Part 2. The love hotel, restaurant and more recent house, on the other hand, I just came across by chance.
The latter two I explored with a friend, but the others I went in alone, which was a bit unsettling to say the least. The love hotel especially, as all the rooms were closed, meaning I had to open the doors to see what was waiting for me on the other side. And, after coming across these discarded wedding photos nearby I wasn’t at all sure what that was going to be…
It really is fascinating though. Can’t explain why exactly, but it just is.
man I dig it, keep it up!
In answer to redline’s question about why the building aren’t demolished; apparently the reason is that it is actually too expensive to destroy them. In Japan, the owners of the buildings have to pay for the demolition as well as transporting and depositing all the rubble in a dumpster, so until there is a new lucrative project for the site that will pay for this, many buildings remain abandoned.