The abandoned Tokyo International Airport Information Office
We usually travel to the past, but this time let’s travel into the future.
It is now the dangerous year 2050, and the zombie apocalypse that has resulted from the unstoppable spread of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 following the botched prevention measures at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 2021, has left much of the world in ruins. For the past 29 years, all the attempts to suppress the super-pandemic have failed as the ruthless virus variant dubbed as the “Samurai Virus” raged throughout the planet, leaving only a small minority of humans unscathed.
The last escape route out of Tokyo that existed was the Haneda International Airport. Nearly all of Haneda was destroyed by the deranged zombies, and the airport was decimated to a single hut from where the last few Tokyoites managed to escape to Mars. What’s left of the humanity now lives in the only metropolis on Mars called Musk-1.
The hut, allegedly used as the control tower, saw the last batch of humans escaping to the red planet five years ago, in 2045. It now stands in ruins, left to the mercy of nature.
The sign “Tokyo International Air Port” is the only thing that makes this unsightly place still recognizable.
Surprisingly, the windows on the sides still have unbroken glass. But maybe not for long, the zombies could be here at any minute. Let’s look around some more and then get out of here as soon as possible.
Near the back of the building, we can still see white markings on the runway. The barricades on the left were most certainly used to keep hordes of zombies away.
There is a broken bicycle nearby, likely used by one of the humans who escaped, or at least tried to escape.
Leftover wires indicate the building was supplied with electricity.
There is a broken window on the front.
And a broken window is never a good sign, but let’s just peek inside for a moment.
It appears that zombies have managed to break into the building at some point. Thankfully, there are no blood stains anywhere, which means the break-in must have occurred after all the humans have already escaped.
There are random cans, bottles and cigarette boxes scattered on the floor. Is it possible that zombies held a party in here?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a good feeling about all this. And we don’t have much time anyway. Let’s get out of this place.
OK, all black jokes aside — here is the true story: the small abandoned building you just saw once served as the Tokyo International Airport Information Office. It closed down in 2000, but curiously still stands today, abandoned for 21 years, with no concrete plan of being demolished — which is quite a miracle in Tokyo. It’s located on the western edge of Haneda Airport, a few steps away from the fairly unknown Seibijo Station on the Tokyo Monorail Line. This entire neighborhood is an industrial zone, and most of the surrounding buildings are related to the airport. The few people who actually get off at this small station are mostly employees of companies located in this area.
As you can see below, the monorail runs in front of the building, with the Seibijo Station exit just behind it.
And that unfortunate bicycle?
According to Google Street View in 2018, it was still nicely parked next to the wall.