Top 5 Urbex Destinations of the Moment

I am a relative noob to the world of Urbex, but where I lack in experience, I make up for in time spent in internet K-holes.  I’ve already built quite a list of places I’m keen on tresspassing – here are the five that are currently top of mind.  Or, rather, the five that are currently living in my pipe dreams – I don’t have immediate plans to visit any of the places on this list, though I’m thinking that may have to change in the near future (especially looking at the Eastern Balkans…)

1) Gunkanjima/Hashima, Nagasaki, Japan

Approach to Gunkanjima, Nagasaki, Japan
Approach to Gunkanjima, Nagasaki, Japan

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Forget Kyoto, Go to Nagasaki – 4 Reasons to Visit Now

Japan is the first place I ever traveled independently, and I devoted a significant portion of my life to the study of the place. I have lived in the country on three non-consecutive occasions, in and around the major tourist meccas of Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. And while I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve neglected Tokyo in my various Japanese travels, I am fairly well versed of everything South and West of it .

There's more to see than just the Atomic Bomb Memorial
There’s more to see than just the Atomic Bomb Memorial

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Breaking Up with Japan – My First Travel Love

I have the most vivid memories from my childhood of my great aunt, Jeanette, telling me and my sister stories of her travels after World War 2 around the world as a schoolteacher on U.S. military bases.  She traveled everywhere (as a single woman in the 50s and 60s) that I dream of going today.  As a young child, the stories that made the biggest impact on my life were those of her time in Japan.

It was always hard to not be impressed by Kyoto in the Fall - by https://www.flickr.com/photos/gacks/
It was always hard to not be impressed by Kyoto in the Fall – by https://www.flickr.com/photos/gacks/

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UNESCO Industrial Landscapes – The Mainstreaming of UrbEx

While I was browsing my favored geography/travel news related outlets this morning, I happened upon a slideshow of the new UNESCO world heritage sites for this year.  I used to pay a lot more attention to the UNESCO lists than I do today – when I was younger, UNESCO’s curated lists seemed to apply more to my travel style than they do now.  That said, looking through the list of 2015 inscriptions was a bit surprising to me – included were several places I would have never thought of as being UNESCO World Heritage material.

Hashima/Gunkanjima, Nagasaki, Japan - by https://www.flickr.com/photos/stefansgallery/
Hashima/Gunkanjima, Nagasaki, Japan – by https://www.flickr.com/photos/stefansgallery/

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