Abashiri Prison Museum

Sightseeing information about Abashiri Prison Museum in Japan.

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You may have watched prison scenes on TV or films, but this place gives you a decent idea of what an Arctic-like, freezing prison must have felt like. The museum was originally a prison built in the 1890s for felony convicts including political prisoners.

A visit involves walking around a number of old and reconstructed buildings with mannequins and sound effects to recreate the atmosphere. You can even enter into a punishment chamber and taste a food served there. There are English information boards outside each building.

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4.03 weeks ago

It was almost like taking a step back in time with the life-sized wax figures and the beautiful snow-capped scenery. A great place to learn about the history of the prison and how prisoners lived.

5.02 months ago

Yesss....I love it. Great view. So wide and you can feel the atmosphere of prison. But it is in a very beautiful spot in Abashiri. Love it.

5.05 months ago

This place is an amazing spot to learn about the history of prisons and prison labor in Japan. There are many buildings throughout this huge complex that's have everything from informational panels to mannequins and life-size replicas. It was very interesting to see how modern Japan is so different from Japan just 50 to 100 to 150 years ago.

5.03 months ago

What a fantastic museum! It’s so well maintained and some of the exhibits are too real. There is sound and visual. I’m glad I came here!

4.0a month ago

Good to know the history and the smart ways of the design to overcome resources constraints. It brings bitter memory of our past ancestors pains as well.

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