The Queen of Ruins – 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel

The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel

The amazingly decayed Maya Hotel (Maya Kanko Hotel or Club Maya) is on the side of Mount. Maya in Hatahara, Nada Ward, the city of Kobe in the Hyogo Prefecture, Kansai region, Japan.

The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel

Built on top of the mountain in 1929 by the Maya Cablecar Company. The hotel had 4 floors and showcased extensive views of the sprawling city below. Built to be used with the company’s cable car line; these were suspended during WWII.

The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel

The hotel closed in 1945 and was damaged during World War II air raids. This postponed the re-opening. New fittings from the ship, S.S.Ile de France were salvaged into the design in 1959. 16 years later, in 1961, a fifth floor was added and it was re-opened.

The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel

Unfortunately, in 1967, a massive typhoon damaged the hotel. It closed again but would later reopen as a student seminar center and lodging in the 1970’s. It closed for the final time in 1993.

The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel

The Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995 did not damage the hotel to greatly. It still remains structurally sound. The area became private property and the hotel went deeply silent. Slowly filled with the sounds of nature, trees and vines making a new home in the forgotten ruins.

The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel
Kobe is one of the sixth largest cities in Japan. Just look at the vast expanse of the city below this mountainous retreat.

The owners of the hotel seek a National Heritage Listing. A true haikyo, access to this building is not hard!

The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel
Graffiti on some parts but not all of this old ruin.
The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel
The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel
It does have somewhat of a nautical feel…
The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel
Interesting light fixture.
The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel

Where are the abandoned ruinous Maya Hotel (also dubbed the Queen of Ruins) located? You can find it with these coordinates. 34.727665, 135.212834.

The Queen of Ruins - 90 Year Old Abandoned Maya Hotel
Google Maps aerial view of its mountain side location.

Images by JP Haikyo. Pictures used with permission under CC BY-2.0.

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