Abashiri Prison Museum

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.

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Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1 map map Map
9:00-17:00 (may change depending on the season)
*Last entry is 1 hour before closing
12/31, 1/1
[Admission fee] Adults 1,500yen, High school students 1,000yen, Elementary and junior high school students 750yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Not available (Entirely non-smoking on the premises)
Available (some facilities only)
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Recommended!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.20
    An interesting visit especially the main prison building! We spent about an hour here but too bad the restaurant was already closed or would have loved to try the prisoner meal set!
  • Fascinating insight into Hokkaido history.
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.03.11
    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...
  • Better than expected!
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.04
    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...

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