Google Maps adds Ghost Island Street View, the abandoned Japanese city that inspired Skyfall
Google has added a Street View experience to Google Maps that allows you to virtually wander around Hashima Island, otherwise known as Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) or Ghost Island.
Situated nine miles off the coast of Nagasaki, the island was abandoned in 1974 when its coal mine closed, and time has ravaged its buildings and streets, leaving it desolate and dilapidated and looking more like a setting for The Last of Us or other post-apocalyptic games. Indeed, it was the inspiration for the evil villain Raoul Silva's lair in Skyfall, even though the crew didn't actually film the scenes there.
Travelling around the island through Street View gives you an idea of what it could be like if society were to collapse. It also shows you what it must have been like for the one poor soul who had to map the area.
As the streets cannot be driven around in conventional Google Street View cars, the mapper walked around the island wearing a special backpack to capture the images. It took them just two hours, however, and it's certainly interesting to see that much of the mapping was done inside the buildings as well as outside.
Spooky and unnerving.