Shopping areas in Japanese cities are generally busy until surprisingly late at night, as even when the stores finally close, there are still plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars to keep things bustling. Away from the metropolitan hubs, however, it’s often a very different story. As along with years of economic stagnation, the combination of a shrinking population and large-scale urban migration have hit regional towns hard. Meaning that it’s really not that difficult to find places where the streets are empty.
And mere facades of former times.