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Takakonuma Greenland Park in Japan today stands abandoned not only by people, but also by joy, hope and the foolish belief that life ends in anything but lightless hollow death.

The amusement park first opened in Hobara in 1973 but abruptly closed only two years later. Some say it was because of poor ticket sales, but local lore insists the park was forced to shut down after its rides were responsible for a number of accidental deaths.

We don’t know for certain because there’s virtually no official information available on Takakonuma, a fact which, when paired with the images in this article, arouses no suspicion of any kind.

What we know for certain is that the park opened again in 1986 and remained operational for 13 years, at which point it closed down for good. Nowadays the derelict attractions stand there alone in the middle of nowhere, gathering rust and being slowly consumed by the encroaching forest.

By the way, we mean that “middle of nowhere” part literally, as Takakonuma can no longer be found on any official maps. It just isn’t there.

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