Step Into Japan's 'Western Village,' The Oddest Abandoned Theme Park Ever

August 4, 2014 1:01 PM

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Step Into Japan's 'Western Village,' The Oddest Abandoned Theme Park Ever

The Australian photographer Shane Thoms was shooting abandoned hotels in the mountains outside Tokyo when he spotted something unbelievable: a giant replica of Mount Rushmore. Curious, Thoms parked his car to investigate. What he found more than satisfied the promise of that first glimpse.

Beyond the statue was an intact world from a different time and place. There were no people, nor any Japanese architecture. Instead, the buildings and figurines he encountered looked plucked from a John Wayne movie.

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