Abandonned car dealerships in Namie-machi, Fukushima, Japan

Yes, you surely have come accross some articles over the Internet about recent Google Street View coverage now available in Namie region, Fukushima prefecture in Japan, a region affected by both the tsunami and the radioactive state in the aftermath of the 3-11-2011 Tohoku earthquake.

Well, as urban explorers might want to guess, this city and area will most probably become a ghost town, for quite some time, since the inhabitants have been evacuated from the area and have only been granted very limited access since the disaster.

Hence why Google recently disclosed images of the area, fully available in Steet view. Why you say? Because the mayor of Namie and other mayors in the prefecture asked Google to cover the area wit Street View in order to provide its citizen with images of their homes in order to reassure them and get them to know the state of their city about two years after the disaster

You can today go thru Namie-machi (machi is for city) on Google Street View :
https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=namie,+japan&hl=en&ll=37.494609,141.000681&spn=0.03977,0.088148&sll=53.796105,-68.44248&sspn=30.590142,90.263672&t=h&hnear=Namie,+Futaba+District,+Fukushima+Prefecture,+Japan&z=14

The more you get into the city, the more you realize that many things have been left behind. And as you know, I love cars so I couldn’t miss the many abandonned car dealerships and spots in the area.

Take a look at what I’ve captured for you (Pictures from Google, thanks Google!) :

This one carried the Subaru and Suzuki brands, and at some point the Daihatsu brand too!?

A view to inside the city and towards the mountain of the inner Japan :

The town is now deserted…

Sports cars have been put away, here, a Nissan Fairlady Z in the back and upfront an S13 Silvia :

Uh! Wait! There is also a R32 Skyline!!!

This one looks like the police is chasing the Google Street View car!!! :

This brand spankin’ Honda dealership looks like there are still customer’s cars waiting to be fixed… or recovered…

As the trucks and other cars left at this Daihatsu garage, maybe a repair spot, not sure about the small places like this one and the one in the first picture…

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Ski station haikyo!!

Today I went to this haikyo site 20km near my house.. It used to be a ski station in the 50s or 60s… Only the “remonte-pente” has been left there with some metal pipes hanging from the ground… on one of the picture of the down “gate”, we can see some remaining of a fence :

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there is currently a housing project going on there, many terrains have been sold.. the terrain where the haikyo is seems to be sold… I don’t know if the people will remove the remaining strutures… I guess so… there used to be an hotel at the bottom but it has been demolished years ago…
this place is called “Le Sommet des lacs”
there are more pics available at : http://www.lacbrompton.ca