Hachijo Royal Hotel: Abandoned Holiday Resort

//Hachijo Royal Hotel: Abandoned Holiday Resort

The mid-1960s heralded in an era which saw Japanese tourists travelling abroad in substantial numbers for the first time.

Prior 1964, the Japanese Government made it near impossible for the average Japanese to acquire a passport to travel overseas.

As comparatively close destinations such as those in Asia and the Pacific were off limits during the earlier part of the decade, the tourism industry looked nearer to home to find an equivalent haven.

Thankfully they didn’t need to look too far with the Izu Islands sporting the subtropical volcanic island of Hachijo-Jima 287 kilometres (178 miles) south of Tokyo.

Short travel times by ferry and a ready-made airport relinquished from Imperial Japanese Navy control meant the island could quickly scale up and handle large numbers of inbound tourists.

Government attempts to promote the island as the “Hawaii of Japan” resonated positively and soon the island saw a rapid influx of investment and property development.

The largest among these was the lavish Hachijo Royal Hotel modelled on French Baroque architecture.

Along with plaster renditions of Greek statues and ornate water fountains, it stood proudly as a showcase of the economic boom taking place on the mainland.

At the time of its opening in 1963, Hachijo Royal Hotel it was one of the largest hotels in Japan and attracted its clients from the ever expanding Japanese middle class.

Hachijo Royal Hotel

The hotel complex was even audacious enough to embellish its the company’s president Eiji Yasuda with his own statue alongside his prized horse.

Fast forward 30 years and cracks had plainly emerged.

With overseas travel has become the norm rather than the exception, the idea of hanging out on black volcanic sands no longer held the same appeal.

With world class beaches only a little further afield in places such as Guam, Hawaii and Thailand meant Hachijo-Jima was going to struggle to reinvent itself.

Hachijo Royal Hotel

The hotel subsequently underwent several name changes, settling on the Hachijo Royal Hotel prior to its demise and eventual closure around 2006.

Having visited the hotel site recently, it revealed a very sorry state of affairs.

Even though it’s been only 10 years since ceasing operations the tropical heat and salt water has ensured a swift deterioration of the hotel’s amenity.

Hachijo Royal Hotel

Compared with photos from only a few years back, the grounds are now so overgrown it’s bordering on a jungle.

With the likelihood of finding a new owner quickly fading it’s a wretched sight to see this once grand hotel crumble around itself.


*This article was originally published at ridgelineimages.com

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