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Abashiri Prison Museum, Abashiri
(4.2/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It is provided that until the facilities had been imprisoned people who contributed to the history of Hokkaido is losing one's life to the development of Hokkaido today, even in Hokkaido, not known much thoughtful and very good facilities.
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  • Only hear "Abashiri prison" a very tough environment and the image was that rapid globalization of Hokkaido by a prisoner who was imprisoned here actually thought make things, even knowing its harshness is history. Deep thought is you have to pay it, so are the people who committed the crime of course, Hokkaido has developed through the efforts of their emotion. We recommend wider than imagined in plenty of took more than two hours, so have time to spare, visit.
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  • The prison is famous too! Graphic exhibits of Hokkaido history reveals exhibits very realistic, more firmly.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great intro to how Hokkaido was settled by mainland Japanese. Would have been brutal in this place in the middle of winter!
  • Very interesting place. You should spare half day for this place. You'll learn a lot about Hokkaido history.