What once was a luxury hotel is now slowly being reclaimed by nature after many years of being abandoned.
The Hachijo Royal Hotel on Hachijojima Island, Japan, used to be a popular holiday destination in the 1960s. Back then, the government of Japan had made it almost impossible for citizens to acquire an international passport, so the people visited the volcanic island dubbed the "Hawaii of Japan." When the hotel opened in 1963, it was one of the largest hotels in Japan.
Now, many people have never heard of it. As travel became more accessible and laws relaxed, more of the Japanese population opted to travel elsewhere. In 2006, the hotel closed its doors for good.
The hotel, which drew inspiration from French Baroque architecture, is a haunting sight with no guests or employees bustling around inside. Ferns grow in the bedrooms, the stone fountain is beginning to crumble, and rust is eating away at abandoned vehicles left in the courtyard. We can only imagine what a magnificent sight the hotel used to be before it started to decay.
Would you have stayed in a hotel like this if it was still open? Let us know in the comments!