There's an abandoned luxury hotel on a remote island in Japan and the eerie photos will give you goosebumps

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskanThe Hachijo Royal Hotel has been abandoned since 2006.

Hachijo Royal Hotel was once one of the biggest hotels in Japan, drawing people to its remote island for beach vacations and relaxation. Today it lies in ruins. The abandoned hotel has not seen guests in over a decade, becoming overrun with moss and mildew.

Polish photographer Natalia Sobanska travelled to the French baroque-style hotel to capture the dilapidated building. Her photos are a glimpse into the hotel rooms that once welcomed guests from all over Japan but now has fallen to pieces.

Keep scrolling to take a look at what has become of the Hachijo Royal Hotel.


Since it was difficult for locals to get a passport in the ’60s, they travelled locally. Stunning Hachijojima Island, just a short ferry ride from the mainland, seemed like the perfect spot for a luxury resort.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaHachijo Royal Hotel was one of few places the Japanese could travel to.


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The Hachijo Royal Hotel was built in 1963 and quickly flourished, becoming one of the largest in Japan.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe hotel is on Hachijojima Island.


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Once overseas travel became more commonplace around the turn of the century, the remote island wasn’t seen as a desirable vacation destination any longer.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe Japanese began to travel to South East Asia instead of their home islands.


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The hotel officially closed in 2006, leaving behind everything to crumble in the heat.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaAn abandoned car remains in the driveway.

A lot of the d├ęcor still remains in the exact location it was left over a decade ago.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe decor remains the same.

Likewise, some parts of the hotel are almost fully intact, alluding to its once lively past.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe phone booth where guests would make phone calls.

The pool table still stands in the game room.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaGuests were able to play pool on the ground floor.

The grand piano that used to entertain thousands of guests now remains untouched in the rotting hotel.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaGuests were once entertained by a grand piano.

The swimming pool is now filled with murky water.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe pool was a main attraction at the hotel.

While Sobanska has travelled all over the world to photograph abandoned places, she says the Hachijo Royal Hotel stands out for its unique style.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe upholstered furniture remains intact.

For example, ornate statues that pay homage to the Greeks are common throughout the hotel.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaElaborate statues are every where.

She spent seven hours in the ruins photographing the “classic Japan style destroyed by nature.”

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe chairs remain untouched.

Not surprisingly, Sobanska says the resort is eerily quiet.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaLarge open spaces are now empty.

But “not creepy or scary as people think.”

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe walls are crumbling to the floor.

The rooms themselves did not age as well as the common spaces.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe beds and walls are now destroyed.

The crumbled ceilings now lay scattered over the decaying floor.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaTen years have changed the rooms dramatically.

A mixture of hot air and saltwater has helped make these ruins a jungle.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaPlants are now growing inside the building.

“In abandoned places, I am captivated by how nature takes back what it owns,” Sobanska said.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaGreenery can be seen throughout the building.

She continued, “It sounds absurd, but when you see it with your own eyes, it’s just a natural beauty.”

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe television sets remain.

Just a peek at the view out the windows helps you understand the natural beauty and how people were drawn to this scenic escape.

Courtesy of Natalia SobanskaThe views of the island are breathtaking.

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