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.

Spot details

Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1
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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  • 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...
  • Kids love the tracking game
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.10.29
    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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