It's real! It was truly incredible being in the real location of something I'd seen in pictures for so long. I almost wish I had come on some rainy night, because seeing it in the sunshine is almost weird.
You can see one of the other tour ships docked. Each boat takes a turn, while the others that are waiting go around the island so you can see the other parts. The Gunkanjima Concierge seemed to be a larger boat than some of the others, and they might have been able to get a little closer to the island. Not sure, to be honest, I was understandibly distracted.
This is the north end of the island, but because of its "battleship" shape, this looks like the stern. The building on the left was the island's school, elementary through junior high. It also had the island's only elevator (other than in the mines, of course).
The western side is where most of the housing was located. Most of these are apartments, though down at the end were a community center and a cinema. This side faced the East China Sea, and bore the brunt of the harsh weather.
At this point, the boat moves away from the island a bit to get the full view of the battleship likeness. I wish I had done the tour in the afternoon and gotten the sun behind me for a better photo. Next time.
Southeast of the island, looking northwest. Interestingly, the city limits of Nagasaki (which now is in charge of the island) end at the seawall. So fisherman come to the island, sit on the seawall, and fish from the end, off the "bow" of the ship.
The buildings here were the entrance to the second mine shaft. There were two main shafts and two auxiliary shafts. These, of course, broke into different tunnels that stretched out far beyond (and below) Hashima.
The new path works its way along the seawall to disturb the site as little as possible. As much as I wanted to get into the thick of it all, this makes a lot of sense. These buildings aren't getting any more stable.