Holy shit valiantt that's amazing
I wasn't expecting such a great quality post from this
I'd ruin hunt/urban explore with you if I could, that shits great
A partner would definintely make my urban ruin explorations more effective. For some reason, I would get a real boost in confidence if I had someone watching my back. It is far more intimidating alone (especially if you run into something unexpected like a stuffed animal orgy restaurant too). Normally I am not intimidated by much since I am a horror fanatic (I thrive on fear and brooding atmosphere), but this was a whole new experience.
That… really was an amazing story! I can't believe something like that is just waiting for people to explore.. that could be quite the hobby.
It is a pretty wicked hobby which is unfortunately difficult to do where I am located. Japan is a treasure trove for places like this. They got abandoned hotels (love hotels being really frightening), department stores, ghost towns, and even huge amusement parks (unfortunately there was a water park I was looking for but it was removed a few months ago). For some odd reason, these places are open and accessible. The challenge is actually finding them and avoiding potential homeless people, bugs, and local authorities. Some of these places have pretty colorful backstories (a number of them supposedly being "haunted").
whaat! valiantt you get your ass up dem stairs!
If I had a partner, I would have totally gone down those stairs (even if he/she didn't follow me down). It was VERY tempting to actually see what's down there, but I was at my limit. The French Doll room was by far the most wackiest looking so I can scarcely imagine what was hidden in the darkness. There was a lot of spots I had yet to explore in this restaurant (there were additional rooms along the corridor from the restaurant. I did not get a chance to look at the bathrooms. There was another passage from outside the building that led to another basement, but I didn't check that one out either). I stayed closer to the light in order to take better photographs. If I had better flash, I might have gone closer to the dark in order to take some pics.
This is realy interesting. I'd love to have seen it myself.
Also why the hell did you leave behind that owl plushie ?
It is tempting to take stuff from these places as souvenirs. However, I think that would not be too fair for anyone else who wanted to see the souvenir shop as is. I barely touch anything in these places in order to preserve it as much as possible. I suppose I am too courteous of an urban ruin explorer.
I just read it…...yep, that blows everything else in the thread out of the water. Especially since he's got the pics to prove it. 0_o
I have videos too. I am kinda stuck though in deciding whether I should edit it to blur out some parts or just leave it as is and upload it on youtube. The quality is pretty high so the images are really clear. I also have footage of an abandoned ski resort near Kyoto.
Valiantt pretty much won the thread already. Insanity.
Nah, I think I would win this thread if I found the actual locations/ruins I was originally intending to find. There were three major places on my list but were very difficult to find without transportation or in-depth knowledge of Japanese (as well as connections to particular people).
1.Russian Amusement Park (Niigata). Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. There is supposedly a Russian themed amusement park somewhere way North of Tohoku. Most of the buildings (hotel, museum and so on) and rides are still intact (also there is supposed to be a massive stuffed mammoth there). I couldn't find any feasible way to get here without a car. Though, even if I had a car, I still had no idea exactly where in Niigata it is located.
2.Mining ghost town. I forgot its name, but this one was actually accessible by bus (at least from what I read up on it). Unfortunately I did not have time to find it so I had to scratch it from my itinerary It is supposedly up in the mountain and nearly all the buildings are still around (school, temples, offices, so on). I would have spent at least 2-3 days here just trying to take good pics.
3.Black House (Kyoto-ish). Supposedly there are a lot of ruins nearby this area. There is a small, makeshift town called Jason Town that is filled with huts along the mountains. I read there is a connection between Jason and the happenings within Black House, but I could be mistaken since my Japanese is not very good. Black House is a small, dilapidated 2-story home up in the mountains/forest. Based on the pictures I have seen, it is in pretty bad shape and very…frightening. I managed to find where it was located on a map, but I couldn't figure out exactly how to get there (perhaps there is a bus, but I ran out of time to research it thoroughly). According to stories I read online, this place has a pretty nasty history that involved a kid(s) being imprisoned and tortured (but the stories about the place isn't too clear). Allegedly the place is haunted so it was one of my higher priority locations, but I was unable to find a way to get there. Instead, I ended up finding a ski resort which was interesting (slightly creepy), but probably not as interesting as the Black House.
Thanks everyone for the positive responses. I THINK I can top this one since I recently discovered there is an abandoned mental hospital in the town I am located at. Most folks I have spoken with are very hesitant in discussing it since the hospital has a real shady history that is kinda shrouded in mystery. Apparently, on the final day, the employees and residents decided to just leave the building without a clear reason. They just picked up their stuff and left; hence the hospital has been abandoned. I heard that it may be locked, but I'm pretty sure there's a way inside based on some small blurbs on the internet. However, I am waaay too much of a chicken to visit this place alone. Dammit I really need to find a partner for this one. I also need to find its location. Not too sure at the moment where it is.