Roughly a seven-hour car journey from the Japanese capital of Tokyo, there is an other-worldly settlement situated amid cloud-shrouded hills. The place is something of a ghost town, with aging buildings and everyday implements left there to decay. There are no active signs of human life – but it wasn’t always this way.
This town was initially developed to accommodate the workers of the Matsuo Mine, which sought to extract sulfur and iron. Constructed as a compact arrangement of concrete buildings, the settlement was, at one time, home to more than 15,000 individuals. As a matter of fact, it was thought to be quite a lavish place during its earlier days.