Hokkaido Sights

Abashiri Prison Museum (Abashiri Kangoku Hakubutsukan)

  • 1–1 Yobito Map It
  • Abashiri

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

Spartan cells line the central corridors in five wooden prison blocks, showing how the convicts who built much of early Hokkaido lived out their years. Used between 1912 and 1984, the prison is now a museum with cell blocks, watchtowers, and farm buildings. Only the most heinous criminals were banished to this forbidding northern outpost, the Alcatraz of Japan. English information is entertainingly lost in translation, but anguished-looking mannequins illustrate the grimness of life behind bars, and how for those who did escape it could be even worse. If you're in the mood, try out a prison meal–-a tray with a bowl of rice, a piece of fish, miso soup, and a few pickles.

Sight Information

Address:

1–1 Yobito, Abashiri, 099-2421, Japan

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Phone:

0152-45–2411

Sight Details:

  • ¥1,080
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 8–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 9–5

Published 12/10/2015

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