Japan’s most famous sites – don’t avoid them. On the contrary, here’s a selection of my favourites.

Secret Japan

It’s all there, a few kilometres from the beaten track. Both everything and nothing happens here.

Haikyo (廃墟)

These desolate sites – haikyo – vibrate with beautiful lights and colourful memories. Japan, past imperfect.


Such poetic pictures that celebrate bygone eras.

Haikyo Explorers

Phantom heads turn at the euphoric daring of these explorers!

Gunkanjima (軍艦島)

An abandoned island off the coast of Japan and the most beguiling exploration.