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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  • September 28, 2017
    時間調整くらいのつもりで立ち寄ったが思いのほか面白く気が付けば2時間も滞在してしまった。 網走監獄の成り立ちや歴史、北海道開発における役割がわかりやすく説明されており、看守と囚人の関係が変に美化されているのを除けば実に興味深かった またハングル語、中国語、英語での展示も充実しており海外の方にもお勧めできる フォトジェニックな展示も多数ありお勧めできる施設です This facility has e...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    Abashiri prison had been mind f went. I'd take time because it takes more than two hours to more places than I thought, a close look at. It was a museum often find life in prison inmates.
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  • September 24, 2017
    Abashiri tourist attractions as well first thing that comes to mind is the "Abashiri prison Museum". Speaking old Abashiri prison gate was now Tento to public as a museum. Mucha Museum and theme park like.
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  • June 19, 2017
    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
  • June 8, 2017
    Historical places worth a visit. Lots of area for kids to run around.
  • October 14, 2016
    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.
  • September 27, 2016
    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.
  • July 3, 2016
    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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