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He Snuck Into An Abandoned Theme Park In Japan And Snapped Some Freaky Pics

NOVEMBER 24, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

The world certainly has no shortage of abandoned places to explore. However, the creepiest and most heartbreaking of all are abandoned amusement parks. Once full of joy, these wastelands now sit empty and in disrepair.

This is something that explorer and photographer Raf Horemans knows quite well. Earlier this year, Horemans snuck onto the grounds of the Nara Dreamland amusement park near Nara, Japan.

Dreamland first opened its doors in 1961. Its design was very much influenced by California's Disneyland.

As time went on, however, the number of people visiting Dreamland slowly dwindled.

In 2006, Dreamland closed its doors for good.

When you hear about an amusement park closing, the story usually has something to do with a horrific accident or a grisly murder.

With Dreamland, the reasons were purely economic.

In its heyday, Dreamland boasted the biggest wooden rollercoaster in Japan.

Today, the park is closed to the public. Those caught trespassing can expect heavy fines and even jail time.

(via Reddit)

That just breaks my heart. For more amazing photography, make sure to check out Raf Horemans' website and follow him on Instagram.