Abashiri Prison Museum, Abashiri

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Tread the path of the lowly prisoner at Abashiri Prison Museum, depicting the lives of Japanese convicts and jailers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Constructed in 1890, the prison sprawls over 22 buildings of cells, sleeping quarters, and work houses. Submerge yourself into the day-to-day life of a prisoner, from the solitary confinement and law court, to the miso and soy agricultural areas for which the prison became known. Rest your feet at the museum restaurant, where you can sit down to a meal called the "Prisoner's Lunch." Make Abashiri Prison Museum part of your personalized Abashiri itinerary using our Abashiri day trip site.
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  • This is so much more than just a museum about the prison. It covers quite a bit of Hokkaido history, telling the sad tale of how prisoners were used to help build roads and infrastructure in...  more »
  • I wasn't sure that a prison museum would hold my interest, but it most certainly did! Beautifully restored buildings set in attractive grounds were especially pretty in the snow. The museum covers.....  more »
  • The prison museum is definitely worth a visit if you come to Abashiri. Through this museum, I understand more about the early development and history of Hokkaido and how those notorious felons who ever served their sentence here contributed to the early settlement and development of Hokkaido. They are sinners on one hand but heroes on the other hand.
  • Amazing museum - great displays (not all are in English but we felt absolutely satisfied with the amount of information), beautiful location and design, very useful orientation map... they also show two short explanatory films which are really insightful. Don’t miss out on this!
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