Royal Hotel (Takara Hotel) Ruins in Nakagusuku, Okinawa, Japan.
"This hotel/theme park complex was built in the 1970s by a businessman from Naha, Okinawa’s capital, who wanted to capitalize on the site’s location directly next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Villagers told him that the area was sacred (there are many old and forgotten tombs in the jungle), but he spent millions on the complex, which suffers from an extremely haphazard layout, reputedly built without any sort of blueprints. Stairs lead to nowhere in a maze of hallways, walls are built over sections of staircases, columns bulge into guest rooms at strange angles.
Rumor has it some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple came and told him that he was building too close to a sacred cave with restless spirits in it, but he refused to stop, (this cave is mere feet from the building site). Some workers left after they heard the warnings, and still more left after their fellow workmen were killed or injured in a series of mysterious accidents. Finally, the businessman decided to prove his hotel was not haunted by spending every night there until construction was finished. He lasted three nights, went insane, became bankrupt and was committed at an institution on the island or, some stories say, he killed himself two weeks later.
Another rumor says a monk took up residence in the hotel ruins and built an altar, in order to appease the restless spirits. (I did find signs of various altars around the hotel). Another section of the hotel was thought to have been used as a brothel, and bears the marks of a mysterious fierce fire. There are still rooms full of abandoned furniture and ragged curtains and crates full of once-new tatami mats, expensive items that were left abandoned.
In addition to the hotel, there is a strange, largely unfinished looking tower of several stories, a zoo, a waterpark complete with slides and a pool, as well as the regular amenities a Japanese hotel would offer its guests. However, the hotel was never opened and it remains, undisturbed on its hill, overlooking the Pacific and the East China Sea, and the jungle is slowly consuming the area, piece by piece.
My Flickr set of the hotel can be found here. The write-ups of my two recent visits to the site can be found here and here.”
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