This is the story of my trip to the old Hiroshima airport. I’ve worked near here quite often, but as far as I was aware the main buildings were still in use, despite flights stopping some years ago. Currently, there is a rather infrequent helicopter service running from here, and I though there was a shopping mall in the old terminal building. Having read the Wikipedia entry linked above, however, it seemed it may be more abandoned than I had thought. So I went to check it out….
The car park looking quite abandoned.
Although the offices for the local football team, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, are to the right of the taxis in the middle picture, the rest was looking kinda abandoned, so I walked over to take a closer look.
Here is the name of the shopping mall that used to be here when the airport was open, and a space to put adverts for the shops etc. This is just behind the taxis. All empty now….
Next, I moved on to the corner of the L-shaped building.
An entrance, and an old sign.
The lights are on, but no one is home….
Yes, I did. After sneaking past the entrance to the helicopter companies offices on the right, it was past the bollards and down the corridor on the left.
A couple of minutes walk brought me to the doors that lead to the check-in area I’d seen through the window earlier.
At this point, I left due to the fact that I was completely unprepared as I never imagined I’d be able to gain access. I had 3 or 4 kinds of ID on me, including my company ID card, a massive back pack due to an overnight stay in Hiroshima last night ready for work today, even a company laptop! Also, right outside the window I took photos through earlier, was a bus stop! To much exposure, too risky…
Anyway, now I know it’s accessible, next time I’m in the area for a few days rather than a one night stay, maybe I’ll check it out, and see if I can get up to the second floor….
Thanks for reading!