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“prison museum”(16 reviews)
“two hours”(5 reviews)
“large area”(2 reviews)
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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1-1 Yobito, Abashiri 099-2421, Hokkaido
+81 152-45-2411
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All reviews prison museum two hours large area sleeping quarters city centre different buildings english translation self guided development mannequins roads history inmates hokkaido japan exhibits complex
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Reviewed March 16, 2019

This is easy to reach on the local bus. It is well laid out, with enough English explanation. We visited on a very cold day, so it was easy to imagine how harsh living conditions were in the cells. The cinema, showing the prisioners working...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 4tourist
Reviewed February 26, 2019 via mobile

Hokkaido is cold and lives here are hard, and there are several prisons in the island. The prison is what it was like in past, so you can experience a prison life , to get a brief visit of places for dinner, bath, pray, sleep,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Grantyyy
Reviewed February 18, 2019 via mobile

Abashiri has only 2 months in a year when they don't require heating. This is one cold place in Hokkaido Japan. According to the guide, this was built at the end of the Samurai era as suddenly they had more prisoners than prisons. This prison...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JedFL
Reviewed February 13, 2019

Our family enjoyed this open air museum idespite the freezing conditions . We couldn’t believe how the prisoners survived such harsh conditions. Great accompanying audiovisual & mannequin displays. With English translation - bringing the prison to life.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Geelongsam
Reviewed January 19, 2019 via mobile

We recommend staying 1-2 hours in this museum. During the time we went, there were not many tourists around. It was interesting to see the current prison cell layout and compare it with the old prison cells. The place had enough English guide and was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank celestayk
Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

The site is well preserved and informative. A video clip exhibit inside the museum was very nicely made. Scenery is nice too

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank shayne140
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

This place is so historiful, in here you can feel how prisoners life, you can see this old place is so unique. But one thing make this place different from another prison is this place so clean. ありがとう

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank DimasLaksani
Reviewed July 23, 2018

The Abashiri prion museum provides tourists with a good understanding of how harsh life was like for hundreds of prisoners sent to Abashiri prison during the late 1800s and beyond. All aspects of prison life are shown in the vast displays and actual buildings on...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Mid60sCouple
Reviewed July 22, 2018

This exceeded our expectations. Quite sizeable ground, showing temporary detention, court rooms, prison cells, workshops and display of real stories together with models have given quite an informative and lively presentation.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank vrkung
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

This is not just a visit to the prison, but a journey into the Japanese settlement of Hokkaido to ensure they established their presence before the Russians. The self guided information if good, with enough English to appreciate most but not all of it. We...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank ianmacd44
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January 12, 2016|
Response from kidddkiddd | Reviewed this property |
You can take a bus and check time schedule on the website of the prison. But I would suggest you to take a taxi due to time saving.
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