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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5.0a week ago

More than just a discontinued prison camp, this large campus shows over 20 buildings with old tools and explanations of how this very remote prison operated on a self sufficient basis until the early 1980s. The buildings are all wood construction and offer free tours as well as a museum explaining how the prisoners built more than 700km of roads to open up the North West of Hokkaido. My favorite is the cafeteria inside the prison mess Hall (not the regular restaurant at the front gate) which serves prison meals during the summer. Although the regular restaurant offers similar fare, eating among orange clad prisoner mannequins gives the whole meal a different taste.

4.0a month ago

I really don’t have any words to explain about this place. But the presentation about the history and exhibition is really amazing. It is a good place to learn history about Hokkaido, where is come from and how important of the prisoners who working for this beautiful island.

4.02 months 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.

5.04 weeks ago

Post-prison turned into a museum, and a restaurant providing prison meals.

5.04 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.

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