Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2010
Name: Sports World
Location: Izunokuni-shi, Shizuoka
Background: This large-scale amusement and sports complex opened in 1988 at the height of Bubble era prosperity. The park featured a giant wave pool, water slides, putting greens and other attractions, but its middle-of-nowhere location proved to be a handicap. Sports World shut its doors in 1993 and began its transformation into a well-known ruin—one that’s scheduled to be demolished within the next year.
Access: Approximately three hours from Tokyo by train.
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