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Abashiri Kangoku Museum

1-1 Yobito, Abashiri, Hokkaido 099-2421, Japan
+81 152-45-2411
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Abashiri
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Abashiri prison museum is a open air museum .We had linked with Abashiri city since Meiji period.This is located in nearthe mount Tento, and has three and a half tiwes bigger site than Tokyo Dome.

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brisbane, australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It took a bit of finding by car but worth the effort. The prison museum is a site where original buildings of the courthouse, prison buildings and storehouses and living quarters and the prison barracks and cells themselves were assembled. Diorama figures are on display throughout the museum to bring life to and provide some insight to the activities in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Alcatraz of Japan, this has is a reconstruction of the original prison transporting many of the original buildings to the new site. There are plenty of English signs at each of the attractions and I did not notice many grammatical errors and certainly much more extensive than the English brochure that you receive at the entrance. There is also... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Abashiri is a famous or notorious place for the Japanese Alcatrazz equivalent Abashiri Jail where many Yakuza-related movies have been played and abuse labour practices have been known in the past. But we learned many different aspects, for example their contribution to build up main roads in Hokkaido which accelerated the development, new agriculture schemes which also contributed to the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Abashiri Kangoku Museum or simply the Abashiri Prison Museum is a worthwhile visit if you're in town. The nearby modern-day and operational Abashiri Prison was the original site of the buildings now housed at the Prison Museum. They have kept certain original elements of the old Prison along with well done reconstructions. The museum is open air and sits on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Besides being a relocated/rebuild prison, this place is thoroughly educational. The history of the place, the development of Hokkaido East, the convicts and what they were put through, the way of life, technology and farming methods of that period...these all came to light for visitors which makes this visit well worth its while. We spent 2 hours here and enjoyed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We started the tour with a half-hearted expectation. But the awesome museum's displays with informative explanations changed our views totally as we proceeded from each recommended stations. My 9 and 10 year-old kids enjoyed ourselves throughout the 1-1/2 hour leisure walk in the tranquil environment. Definitely must-go venue. However, be prepared that it can be pretty daunting for some people... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Is nice to scroll to the what the inmates life is during the meji period. The structure some is a reproduction and is restored. I personally think it lost the true feel.

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Hong Kong, China
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15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

For the day my wife and me went there it was only 3⁰c and it was a early spring morning..most area of this attraction are explored outdoor therefore do bring your coat with you. Good Place to visit, walk around!!

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London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
31 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We had no idea what to expect and we arrived there while it was snowing pretty heavily. And wow.... how anyone survived.... unimaginable. This is a must see and it's true that the name doesn't make one instantly want to go. We were, in fact, about to skip it. Oh so glad that we did not! We rushed about a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The old prison museum is compelling & well worth the short bus ride out here from the city centre. A visit involves walking around a number of old & reconstructed out buildings on the prison grounds. You can go inside all of the buildings. It is fascinating to see how the prisoners survived this harsh experience. For Australians it may... More

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