Abashiri Prison Museum
Japan's only prison museum. Set over an expansive ground, this facility preserves and displays the prison complex buildings of Abashiri Prison, which was in service since the Meiji Period. Perhaps most impressive is the five-winged radial prison house of five buildings fanned out from a central watch tower. A registered tangible cultural heritage of Japan, this structure is also the oldest wooden prison building in the world. These historical buildings are populated by mannequin inmates so realistic you can almost hear them breathe. Step inside the Abashiri Prison Museum and take a trip back in time. The cafeteria even serves meals based on the actual recipes served to prisoners.
- 8:00～18:00 (Summer time from April to October)/ 9:00～17:00 (Winter time from November to March)
- REGULAR HOLIDAY
- Open all year round
- About 7 minutes from JR Abashiri station by bus or car