Offbeat Video

By Josh Saunders


Urban explorer documents the abandoned hot spring hotel located on the edge of a cliff that’s now near-fully reclaimed by nature.

Bob Thissen, from Heerlen, The Netherlands, visited the Hachijo Hot Spring Hotel that’s being engulfed by the ferns, moss and greenery.

PICS BY BOB THISSEN / CATERS NEWS

Located on a Japanese tropical island the tourist destination was once popular for its vantage point overlooking stunning cliffside views.

But since closing more than 20-years-ago according to Bob, after going bankrupt, time and the weather conditions have helped to speed up the hotel’s deterioration.

Now debris fallen from roofs litter much of the floor, the ceilings barely appearing to be held-up by the spot’s crippled support structure.

PICS BY BOB THISSEN / CATERS NEWS

Exit signs to safety deposit boxes, door décor, kettles and anything metal remains clad in a thick eroding layer of rust.

Mould emanates from the long unused mattress, seats and curtains, alongside a thin layer a dust coating the phones, unused videogames machines and a broken piano.

PICS BY BOB THISSEN / CATERS NEWS

Inside the outer building where the spa facilities lie, tropical plants stretch through and around the broken windows, ensnaring the facilities to the point that it looks like a lost world.

The jacuzzi and hot springs have since all dried-up, apart from the lone swimming pool that plays host to murky-green and pond-scum filled water.

Bob visited the site for his YouTube channel Exploring the Unbeaten Path three-months-ago, he said: “The hotel is located on a cliff and there’s a strong wind, making it decay even faster.

“The building is totally decayed, but there is still a lot of stuff left, also surprisingly, a few rooms were still in a good condition.

“I guess this building will be totally ruined in a few years.

PICS BY BOB THISSEN / CATERS NEWS

“The hotel was promoted as a hot spring hotel, but when the hotel spring dried up, the hotel went bankrupt.

“I don’t know when it closed, personally I believe it closed somewhere between 1990-2000, looking at the state of the building.

“The interior of this hotel is pretty basic – not many decorations and no ornaments – the walls are painted plain white.

“The reason why people stayed in this hotel is the big bath and hot spring section.

PICS BY BOB THISSEN / CATERS NEWS

“There was a swimming pool, jacuzzi and a hot spring section and it has a great view on the cliffs.

“The hot spring and bath section are totally overgrown and looks more like a pool in the jungle.

“One of the best views in an abandoned place I have seen, you look down on the beautiful cliffs of the island.

“It’s sad because the hotel had to close because of something you haven’t got control of – nature.”

For more of Bob’s work visit: www.bobthissen.com