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Abashiri Prison Museum (博物館網走監獄)


Museum / Science Museum

This historic museum has preserved the former Abashiri Prison barracks as an outdoor museum. It was completely renovated in 2010. The virtual prison movie titled ''Forests Where Inmates in a Red Prison Uniform Worked'' is a must-see digital stereophonic theater experience focusing on the harsh working conditions of the erstwhile prisoners captured with the latest technology. One can explore the facility on a Guided Prison Tour, or actually eat the food the prisoners were given with the Experience Prison Food encounter. Two of the structures, 8 wards, transferred here are treasured as Japan's Important Cultural Properties.


Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1 (Abashiri / Kitami / ShiretokoArea)

phone 0152452411

9:00-17:00 (may change depending on the season)
* Latest entry is until 1 Hours closing

Review of Abashiri Prison Museum

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/03/11 Fascinating insight into Hokkaido history.
This is so much more than just a museum about the prison. It covers quite a bit of Hokkaido history, telling the sad tale of how prisoners were used to help build roads and infrastructure in...
Reviewed:2020/02/04 Better than expected!
I wasnt sure that a prison museum would hold my interest, but it most certainly did! Beautifully restored buildings set in attractive grounds were especially pretty in the snow.

The museum covers...
Reviewed:2019/10/29 Kids love the tracking game
With jpy100 we bought a little stamp booklet for our kids to do tracking and collecting stamps. A well organised museum with interesting demonstration with those wax figures. They look so real in the...

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Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1 [map]
Abashiri / Kitami / ShiretokoArea
9:00-17:00 (may change depending on the season)
* Latest entry is until 1 Hours closing
open everyday
[Admission fee]
[Adult] 1,100yen
[High school/university student] 770yen
[Small/Junior High School Students] 550yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay)
Not available
Available (FLET'S Hikari only for some facilities)
Temporary suspension:Currently closed (information as of May 19, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes (rain gear required because it is outdoors)
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Hokkaido Areas


          Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.