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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." To visit Abashiri Prison Museum and get the most from your holiday in Abashiri, create itinerary details personal to you using our Abashiri trip generator.
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  • Didn't know what to expect when we visited the Abashiri Prison Museum, but thought it was well worth the visit. The complex has done a good job of preserving history but ways convenient for tourists t...  more »
  • You can join the free guided tours three times a day, gathering places to go ago the tour start time. Visitors can observe the major locations in approximately 50 minutes listening to explanations, and deeper knowledge. It would be good, then if you have time look at facilities other than a tour around.
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  • There were photographers getting ready in the Center, the entrance with a tripod to take pictures. Overboard but I saw something that, I was. It was a friend I haven't seen for nearly 30 years. He is making the Museum brochure. It is like real and realistic dolls of the prisoner and prison officer looks a little overflows. See prison and winter is cold, it was hard! ~ and I think.
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  • Learn a lot about the history of abashiri, how japanese government use prisoners to build the road from sapporo to abashiri and great diorama in here
  • Historical places worth a visit. Lots of area for kids to run around.
  • Former prison turned museum. An interesting insight in the harsh lives the inmates would have faced on Japan's then frontier. The prisoners were used for forced labour to construct roads in the region.
  • An interesting history of the Abashiro Prison along with ties to the development of Hokkaido. Many of the displays are from the original prison and you are able to enter some of the actual cells. There is a video presentation on a multi-screen projection that tells a summary of the history of the prison and Hokkaido. The presentation is in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and I think maybe English although I listened to the Japanese, only.
  • Didn't expect this to be good but it was actually decent. The museum was actually a real prison which forced the inmates to develop roads between cities. It illustrated well how the inmates were treated during the time. Many of the buildings and facilities had good historic value.

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Where to stay in Abashiri

The main places to stay in Abashiri sit along the banks of the Abashiri River as it makes its way through town. Here, a variety of hotels and guesthouses put you in close proximity to the train station and main sights. Follow the river inland to Lake Abashiri, and you'll see a bunch of other accommodations looking out over the river. Largely more exclusive than options in town, the choices here consist mainly of traditional ryokans with onsens.
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