On the evening of Day 2 we arrived at a hotel in Yubari, a city in Hokkaido famous for their melons. The city is surrounded by mountains. Yubari was founded as a coal mining city, and when all the coal ran out, the people left with it. Their population is roughly at 10,000 now. They then switched to growing melons, and it’s grown all year round, in greenhouses during the fall and winter.
We had all-you-can-eat Yubari melons for dinner, then after dinner, we decided to go on a little adventure around our hotel to experience night life in Yubari.
There was no night life to speak of. The place was dead, and it was only 8:30pm. We saw three people on our walk, and they were part of our tour. Otherwise, we didn’t see a living soul on the streets. There were a couple of people working overtime in an office. The whole scene was quite sad. Many staff in the hotel looked like they should have retired a long time ago, and because most of the lights were off in the houses, we guessed that it was mostly older people who lived in them. All the young blood are leaving Yubari for better job prospects in bigger cities. The town will cease to exist soon if things continue the way they do.
This was an abandoned hospital that we passed by. It felt especially creepy at night.