Nearly half a century of neglect has left sections of Japan's once bustling Izu peninsula a veritable ghost town.

The crumbling ruins of this once popular holiday camp and surrounding apartments are a jarring sight.

Once a thriving holiday destination for the Japanese, the area saw a steep decline in domestic tourism as affordable overseas flights became increasingly accessible at the turn of the 1970s, the Mail Online reported.

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Photographer Thomas Jorion is inspired by urban ruins and condemned buildings

The images were shot by photographer Thomas Jorion, who specialises in picturing urban ruins and condemned buildings.

In an interview with AnOther magazine in September, Jorion explained what draws him to such desolate scenes.

He said: "I'm more fascinated by the beauty of the place than its history. When I have information I'm interested, but what transports me the most is visiting and discovering the place.

"The joy of imagining the photographs I’ll realize with light present in the place."

He added that he never stages a picture, nor does he ever use original light. Jorion uses a 4x5" large format camera and color negatives.

The Lonely Planet plugs the Izu peninsula as an antidote to the bright lights and buzz of Tokyo, though acknowledges it is "largely off the tourist radar."

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  • Furo

    Hotel, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Hoiru

    Amusement Park, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Ishi

    House, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Isu

    Hotel, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Midori

    Hotel, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Raunji

    Love Hotel, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Shijo2

    ining Complex, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Shizen

    House, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Tobira-Gunkanjima

    Apartment Gunkanjima, Japan - 2008 by Thomas Jorion

  • Toyo

    Bowling, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion

  • Uddo

    Hotel, Japan - 2009 by Thomas Jorion