Post-Apocalyptic Illustrations of Tokyo in Ruins

Shinjuku Station – the road has collapsed on the South side of the station, revealing pools of blue water that have formed on the train tracks

Stories about the collapse of civilization and order—apocalyptic stories—endlessly seduce us. As terrifying as the real thing would surely be, we love imagining our world destroyed. And Japanese illustrator Tokyo Genso excels at painting that picture for us. He creates lush CG illustrations of notable Tokyo landmarks that are in ruins and, in many cases, have been reclaimed by nature.

Ginza – beams of sunlight shine through Ginza’s famous Wako Building

When he’s not creating backgrounds for games and anime, CG artist Tokyo Genso imagines what parts of Tokyo, as well as other places around the world, would look like in post-apocalyptic settings. And his lush, detailed illustrations play right into our fantasies. It reminds me a bit of Hayao Miyazaki’s post-apocalyptic world he depicted back in 1995 for this music video.

You can keep up with Tokyo Genso and his work on Twitter at @Tokyo_Genso.

Ikebukuro Station
Hanayashiki Amusement Park in Tokyo
Rainbow Bridge in Yokohama


  1. Hollis Williams

    June 23, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Really nice

  2. As a 30 year resident of Tokyo, I just want to thank you for the un-unseeable nightmare images. Yikes!!!

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