Nichitstu Ghost Town
Tucked away in the mountains about four hours drive from Tokyo is the abandoned Nichitsu Ghiost Town. Built to house the workers of a neighbouring mine, its popularity peaked in 1965 at 3000...now it sits decayed and forgotten at the end of a snakey mountain road. There's heaps to check out here (I've made three visits so far), so its a must see if you know where it is and how to get there. The road leading to the town is narrow and curvey (in the instance of an oncoming car, you have to be prepared to reverse a fair way back to a wider area of road to allow overtaking.) You'll drive along this road for about 30 mintues before you spot a small mine and then you'll start to see shacks and dilapidated buildings on each side of the road. Each time I've visited, its been quiet and isolated... but on one occasion, I bumped into two Japanese dudes who were taking photos (we surprised and scared each other in one of the living quarters) so we had a few giggles and hung out for a little while and checked a few things out together. It feels a little apocalyptic as you wander around with nothing but the sound of the wind howling through the trees.