Shinkansen sightseeing information

The area surrounding Obihiro, Shiretoko and Kushiro(Eastern Hokkaido)

Abashiri Prison Museum(Abashiri)

An outdoor historical museum where you can realistically experience the life of prisoners who used to develop Hokkaido's wilderness

Abashiri Prison Museum is an outdoor historical museum featuring the very buildings that housed the Abashiri Prison that first opened in the Meiji period (1868-1912). The prisoners serving time were used as labor to construct roads and other infrastructure for the development of Hokkaido by the Meiji Government. The museum offers a number of interactive exhibits about the prison's history including a theater re-enacting road excavation work.

Of the Abashiri Prison buildings preserved to this day, eight including the Radial Five-wing Prison House designed after Leuven Prison in Belgium are designated important cultural properties by the national government while six others are registered tangible cultural properties. In addition to these historical buildings and exhibits, you can try the same prison lunch once eaten here at the Prison Cafeteria, a restaurant run by the museum.

Address1-1 Aza Yobito, Abashiri TEL0152-45-2411
Hours8:30 - 18:00 (9:00 - 17:00 from October to April) ClosedOpen Daily
Getting there
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. to the Hakodate Airport by bus
  3. New Chitose Airport by air
  4. Memanbetsu Airport by air
  5. the Memanbetsu Airport Line Abashiri Station
  6. near the Abashiri Bus Hakubutsukan Abashiri-kangoku (seasonal operations)
FeesAdults 1,080 yen, college and high school students 750 yen, elementary and junior high school students 540 yen URL