Fodor's Expert Review Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Museum/Gallery

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. 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.

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Quick Facts

1-1 Aza-Yobito
Abashiri, Hokkaido  099-2421, Japan

0152-45–2411

www.kangoku.jp/multilingual-english

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: ¥1,080

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