Doomed Arcade/Mall.

WP_20140825_21_00_20_ProFirst night in Takasago, and I decide to go for a little wander.  Completely by chance, I stumble upon this…..almost completely abandoned old shopping mall/arcade!  I couldn’t believe my luck!  Being about 9.30 at night, the place was completely deserted, giving it a really spooky, abandoned atmosphere.

WP_20140825_21_02_59_Pro WP_20140825_21_02_47_ProAlthough there are a lot of lights, and a lot of shop signs, about 90% of them are closed and abandoned.  Only a model shop selling  Tamiya model kits, and a small musical instrument shop remained open for business, although I didn’t know that until I returned slightly earlier in the evening two days later.   But first, a picture of the other end of the mall/arcade:

WP_20140825_21_05_51_ProSo, after getting caught up in the abandoned houses and abandoned clinic on my second day in Takasago, I went back to the mall/arcade (which is the correct term?  I’m really not sure…) on my last day there, in the early evening to get some daylight shots.

WP_20140827_18_36_56_Pro WP_20140827_18_37_04_ProSo this was about 4 or 5pm, so all the shops should have been open, but…..


The house you see below is the back of shop in the middle on the the left of this picture.

The musical instrument shop is down here on the left.  It’s the only open shop in this alleyway.

WP_20140827_18_39_39_Pro WP_20140827_18_37_49_Pro WP_20140827_18_37_39_Pro WP_20140827_18_37_19_ProAs you can see, all closed on this street.  The Tamya model shop is behind me.

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That light is the musical instrument shop.  Apart from that, all the units are dead.

WP_20140827_18_41_20_Pro WP_20140827_18_41_32_ProI wandered outside again, and managed to get around the back of the shops.  Some of them were also houses, which are also abandoned now.

This wall is the wall of the dark part of the arcade from the outside.  If you open that door, you’ll arrive straight back into the dark corridor.  To the left is the back of the music shop, and to the right is an abandoned shop/house.

WP_20140827_18_44_26_Pro WP_20140827_18_43_16_ProAnd here are some pictures of the abandoned house which is behind the abandoned shop that fronts onto the arcade street.  Must have been a family business at some point, but now there is no way to know what they even sold….

WP_20140827_18_45_11_Pro WP_20140827_18_45_05_Pro WP_20140827_18_44_46_Pro WP_20140827_18_43_53_Pro WP_20140827_18_43_27_Pro WP_20140827_18_43_21_ProIt was the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this, so I was really happy to find it.  I have to say it’s my favorite find so far in Japan! I call it the doomed arcade because it’s almost dead.  How long until it’s knock down to make way for more houses or another shopping mall that is the same as every other mall in Japan?  Not long, sadly.  Less character, more blandness.  That’s a real shame if you ask me.

Thanks for looking!

This entry was posted in #abandoned, #building, #house, #Hyogo, #Japan, #shop, #兵庫県, #家, #店屋, #廃墟, #建物. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Doomed Arcade/Mall.

  1. SandyW says:

    How exciting – nice find!


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