It's Like Westworld, But For Real

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There’s an old abandoned theme park a few hours north of Tokyo. And it’s creepy as hell.

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Photographer Lee Chapman from the Tokyo Times visited the site, snapping several terrific haikyo (廃虚 or “ruins”) photos.

The park opened in the 1970s under the name Kinugawa Family Ranch and expanded over time, rebranding itself as “Western Village.” But by 2006, it was forced to close down.

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Today, the park looks like a post-apocalyptic Westworld.

Have a look at some of the photos Chapman took.

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You can see more of Chapman’s wonderful photos in his portfolio or on his website Tokyo Times. Friend him on Facebook or follow him on Instagram and Twitter if you are into that kind of thing.

Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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