This Abandoned Japanese Theme Park Is The Most Surreal Place You’ll See Today

Based on the novel Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, this theme park is the most surreal place you’ll see today.

There’s a giant model of the book’s titular character, Lemuel Gulliver, tied to the ground at the center of the park. This setting portrays the famous scene where the tiny people of Lilliput captured him.

Built next to Mount Fuji near Aokigahara, which is more commonly known as ‘suicide forest’, this park looks so out of this world.

Photographer Martin Lyle, 44, decided to explore the park’s interior and share what he found with all of us.

He said: “The giant Gulliver was unreal. Entering the grounds I didn’t see him right away, then as I delved deeper into the park he suddenly loomed out of the landscape.

“It was such a momentous thing to stand in the presence of. It was the most amazing and surreal object I have ever seen.”

He admits that it had felt weird lying in the palm of a giant man in the middle of a stunning scenery.

Gulliver’s Kingdom started to operate in 1997, but it was forced to close four years later, because few customers went there.

It is speculated that the site’s unfortunate proximity to grim locations was the reason why it was not often frequented.

Aokigahara is a spot where more than 500 people have take their lives since 1950.

Meanwhile, Kamikuishki, the nearby village, was the home of the terrorist organisation Aum Shinrikyo.

Understandably, people didn’t want to go have fun in a not-so-safe place.

As a result, the park officially closed its doors in 2007.

Written by Catherine

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