Abashiri Prison Museum, Abashiri

4.3
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 an interesting museum in Hokkaido, where aspects of prison life are depicted in several main buildings. We did not have time to visit all of them, but saw the main panopticon prison building w...  more »
  • It still took one and a half hours though it ran by the rush. I walk quite a bit. The doll is too real, and I've seen this face before. Speaking of Abashiri, it's a prison.
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  • 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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