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Address: 1-1, Yobito, Abashiri 099-2421, Hokkaido
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+81 152-45-2411
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Abashiri prison museum is a open air museum .We had linked with Abashiri...

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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Afternoon visit

A few kilometers out of town and near some other museum in the area. Interesting with out being spectacular. Probably best to do all the museums in one day

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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A few kilometers out of town and near some other museum in the area. Interesting with out being spectacular. Probably best to do all the museums in one day

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The buildings are interesting and a really useful guide map takes you around the site effectively. The most interesting element for me was the story of the use of convicts to build a road across Hokkaido for military purposes with terrible hardship and loss of life which paved the way for the development of modern Hokkaido. I spent an interesting... More 

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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We Spent longer than originally planned as this place was very interesting. Good English translation.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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104 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

A historical old prison with introduction and nice maintenance for tourist must visit place. Nothing excited and seems like mesuem and will felt bored without tour guide because all info written in Japanese which can't understand.

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Ohakune, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This museum is definitely worth a visit, good English translations and easy to follow, there is a lot to see here so allow a couple of hours. It gives a great history into the development of Hokkaido. Beautiful grounds to walk around.

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4 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Great museum, we'll presented and very interesting. Beautiful grounds (it was a sunny today). Definitely worth a visit.

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George Town, Malaysia
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Went there December 2015; Be prepared at least 2 hours plus for the visit. There are a lot to see here ; please kindly take the broucher/guidance before entering the premises. We also took a lot of photo due to the excellent winter view in December. This place really worth a a visit if you ever been to Hokkaido.

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Thank kiasen
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86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We came here hearing about the notoriety of this place, quite a well maintained and well kept museum, and we especially like how it ties in with a message for all visitors. Scenery: 3.5/5 Ambience: 5/5 Cleanliness: 5/5 Physical Ease: 5/5 Fun: 4.5/5 The Good: Excellent, well maintained prison Museum that shows the life of inmates in the past, very... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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1,110 reviews
631 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is No. 1 attraction in the entire Abashiri region. It’s partly because of the fact the prison has been featured in many Japanese movies in the past 50 some years and everyone in Japan has somehow heard about it. Unfortunately, it was mostly about the yakuza (Japanese underground gangsters) movies. And that was the extent of our understanding about... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This is not your typical museum where you just enter a building and walk around inside. So try to go on good weather because there's quite a bit of walking between the 'attractions'. Not everything had English translations but enough for you to know the basic background. Like why it was built, how so many prisoners died constructing the roads... More 

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