Bleak and abandoned isolation ward

Abandoned buildings/haikyo come in all shapes and sizes as well as covering all manner of previous purposes; however, whilst a certain amount of melancholy is par for the course due to the memories, and to a certain extent the lost hope, left behind, the Higashi Izu-cho Isolation Ward is by far the most depressing place I have ever visited.

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

A predominantly wooden structure that, due to its location in a relatively dense bamboo forest, is rapidly decaying — the sanatorium’s brave battle with mother nature now very much a long lost cause.

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

Yet when the ward finally closed its dilapidated doors isn’t exactly clear, with anywhere up to the early 80s deemed possible, although magazines found in one of the rooms apparently suggest it may well have peaked in the mid 60s.

But regardless of the dates, the ward’s remaining straw mattress beds,

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

along with the antiquated and now damaged fittings,

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

paint an especially bleak picture.

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

One in which sick and presumably dying patients — smallpox being the most likely cause — lived out whatever time they had amidst the most basic of facilities.

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

Somehow dealing with the no doubt dank and dreary conditions.

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

And all the time resting on those aforementioned,

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

and absolutely horrible looking,

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

beds.

Abandoned Japanese isolation ward

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  1. cain says

    Yep, have to agree. Big fan of your haikyo postings, but this one is totally depressing………….

    • says

      Nah, I went with a friend. Not the kind of place I would have wanted to wander around on my own to be honest.

  2. JB says

    The beds really make for an excellent photograph. However, I find it hard to surmise that the doom and gloom you paint this ward in was anything like the real place back before it was left to rot.

    • says

      Maybe. I’d certainly hope it wasn’t quite so bleak, but considering it was a predominantly wooden structure in a dense, dark and so really quite cold forest, I’m not sure how cheery it would have been. And considering that some people have suggested it could have been open as late as the 70s or even early 80s, the facilities, and most definitely the beds, were extremely dated so say the least.

  3. says

    Great to see this place again Lee. I plan to visit it myself when I have a little more free time. It looks a little familiar to the onsen hotel that I visited recently, especially the parts further up the mountain surrounded by rotting Autumn leaves and wood.

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