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[Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri] Retoro Buildings and Weird Wax Dolls Excite Visitor's Curiosity

August 13th, 2016

Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum (博物館網走監獄) is one of most popular tourist attractions of Abashiri city between Lake Abashiri and Mt. Tento-san. Buildings of former Abashiri prison (旧網走刑務所) were moved to here, and rebuilt on large land of 169,264 m2, and it has been opend since 1983. About 200,000 tourists come to see prisoner's livelihood in the late 1800s (Meiji Period). The prison is well-known for a lot of Japanese movies and novels such as Abashiri Banngai-chi (網走番外地) that Mr. Ken Takakura (高倉健) play the lead using here as a motif. Recently, Golden Kamuy (ゴールデンカムイ), a popular manga, uses here as a motif. Admission fee is JPY 1,080. A parking lot is free of charge. Their website has a voucher, and they discount the admission fee if visitors show it on a smartphone.

Main Gate
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Abashiri Prison Museum
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Movie of Abashiri Prison Museum

Large Parking Lot
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Mirror Bridge
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Ticket Counter and Entrance Gate
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Movie of Golden Kamuy

Movie of Abashiri Banngai-chi

The distnace is about 5 km away from the center of the Abashiri, and the Lake Abashiri, Abashiri-Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉), Omagari Lakeside Park (大曲湖畔園地) and Mt. Tento-san (天都山) are around here. Kanigen (かに源), a popular conveyor belt sushi restraunt, is relatively near here, too. A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and here, but a express bus "Dollymint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Abashiri.

Omagari Lakeside Park

Omagari Lakeside Park (大曲湖畔園地) is a former farm of Abashiri Prison (網走刑務所) in the northern lakeside of Lake Abashiri (網走湖), and become a tourist farm at present time. Abashiri people and tourists can enjoy experiencing harvest and birdwatching, and here is famous for sunflower and cosmos in a summer and an autumn. As for the sunflower, 1.5 million sunflowers are planted in the field of 18 ha, and are in full bloom in late September. It is lit up early in the evening. I have never seen those, so I want to try and see. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There are a restroom and the parking lot on the site. The park opens from early May to October. Article is here

Full of Cosmos
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri

Abashiri-Kohan Onsen

Abashiri-Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉) facing Lake Abashiri (網走湖) is a hot spring resort located in the south side of Abashiri city. Hotel Abashirikoso (ホテル網走湖荘) succeeded in drilling hot springs in 1981, so the Abashiri-Kohan Onsen became well-known to the public and has known as the hot spring resort. 4 onsen accommodations dot for about 3 km along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 39) in the northeast of the Lake Abahiri. There are Yobitoura Campsite, cafes, restaurants, a variety goods shop and a forest of Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony along the Kitami National Route. Risu-no-Mori (リスの森), Sobakiri On (そば切り 温) and cafe & cake Fuka (風花) are popular in particular. By the way, there is not a convenience store. Article is here

Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan

Conveyor Belt Sushi Kanigen

Kanigen (かに源) is a popular conveyor belt sushi restraunt near Abashiri station. A building is not so large, but it has an unique atmosphere. I visited here to be on time for night opening hours at 16:30 on weekdays. A visitor like regular customer enter the building immediately after my entering. Article is here

Takomanma (Marinated Spawn of Octopus Conispadiceus)
Conveyor Belt Sushi -Kanigen in Abashiri-

Abashiri Prison Museum Tour

The Abashiri Prison is one of prisons built to counter the Russia expanding southward in Hokkaido in the late 1800s (the Meiji Period). A lot of prisoners transfered to develop the Hokkaido and increase the population from Japan mainlands to the Hokkaido. There are all 38 buildings, and 4 buildings among those have been designated as a national important cultural property. By the way, real iwax dolls of prisoners and guards are weird. Those sad expression and device to sometimes work were so amazing it gave me goosebumps. They carry out a free guided tour from April 21 to October 20. Because it has an atmosphere that you do not know if you do not visit here, please visit here. It takes about 2-3 hours to look around carefully on foot. You may be tired, so you had better wear comfortable shoes.

Main Gate
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Long Nail Torakichi
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Stream Flows in Front of Goverment Building
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Goverment Building (旧網走監獄庁舎) has been designed as the national important cultural property, and features an interesting compromise between Eastern and Western archtectural design. Light blue is impressive. At the building, documents about the prisoner and the Hokkaido development are displayed, and there are Abashiri Prison Library (網走監獄ライブラリ) and a souvenir shop, too. A movie "Birth of Abashiri Prison and the Mission (網走監獄誕生とその使命)" is shown.

Goverment Building
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
History of Hokkaido Development Is Introduced
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Souvenir Shop. Red Man Is Wax Doll
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Main Gate from Back
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Back Gate
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Water Gate
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Former Restoration of Abashiri Branch, Kushiro Regional Court
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Independent Courtroom
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Former Prison Staff Quarters (旧網走刑務所職員官舎) are called "Japanese Style Single Story Row House (看守長屋)". The area of the house is 29.7521 m2, and it is very small. I am suprised at a prison staff with a wife and 2 children that lived at the house.

Former Prison Staff Quarters
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Kitchen
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Resting Place
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Miso and Soy Sauce Warehouse
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Temporary Quarters (休泊所) are mobile quarters for developing roads from Abashiri to Sapporo, and the another name is "Mobile Prisons (動く監獄)". A log was used as a pillow, and a prison guard knocked on the log with a hammer at the time of waking up. It looks tough.

Temporary Quarters
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Wax Dolls That Reproduced in Those Days
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Log Pillow. It Looks Firm.
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Agricultural Warehouse and Pickled Vegetable Warehouse
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Look of Smithery
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Sculptures of Working Prisoners
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Look of Yard
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Seseragi-no-Taki
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Prison History Museum
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Newly Abashiri Prison Is Reproduced
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Newly Prison Cell Is Reproduced
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Prisoner-like Print Club Stickers
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Mysterious Letters Like Haibane Renmei
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Look of Prison History Museum
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
If Visitors Step on Straw Sandals
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Move Is Started
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Video Exhibition
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Abashiri Prison Futamigaoka Farm (二見ヶ岡刑務支所) was built on a hill in the wesern part of Abashiri city in 1986. Buildings are the oldest wooden prison in the world, and have been designed as the national important cultural property. It achieved a role as an agriculture base. There is a restraunt at the building, and visitors can eat a prison meal "Kangoku-meshi (監獄飯)". It is closed in a winter.

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Abashiri Prison Futamigaoka Farm
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Abashiri Prison Futamigaoka Farm
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Abashiri Prison Futamigaoka Farm Has Only Means of Communication "Carrier Pigeon"
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Management Office
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Indoor Workplace
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Corridor
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Prayer Hall
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Prison Cells
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Prison Cells
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Restraining Jacket for Prisoners
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Dining Room for Prisoners
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Ttourists Can Eat Prison Meal, too
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Indoor Workplace
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
He Sort Adzuki Bean
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Bathhouse
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Laundry and Cleaning Area
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Distant View of Abashiri Prison Futamigaoka Farm
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Futami Lakeside Shrine
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Climbing Kiln
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Guard Tower
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Radial 5 Wings Prison Houses
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Farm Work
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Radial 5-Winged Prison House (五翼放射状平屋舎房) has radial 5 prison and a centaral observation room with a hexagon, guards are easy to watch prisoners. It was an exact copy of a radial prison from Leuven, Belgium. The stylish retro buildins are very cool, and were built in 1945, and used to be the largest wooden prison in those days. Those buildings have been designed as the national important cultural property.

Radial 5-Winged Prison House
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Radial 5-Winged Prison House
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Entrance
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Centaral Observation Room
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Corridor of Radial 5-Winged Prison House
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Prison Cells
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Wax Doll Take Meal
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Stove Is Installed
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Bath House
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Look of Bathing
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Guard Watches Prisoners Well
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Solitary Confinement Chambers
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
He Looks Hard...
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
First Front Gate
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Prayer Hall (教誨堂) features an interesting compromise between Eastern and Western archtectural design, and has the Eastern appearance and Western interior decoration. It was built for prisoner's own salvation in 1912, and has been designed as a national important cultural property. This hall is large, so a lot of prisoners seemed to come to gain freedom of spirit.

Prayer Hall
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Large Hall
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Sentry Box
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Nipopo Doll
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri
Garden
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Atmosphere of Abashiri Prison Museum Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Abashiri Prison Museum

Admission fee Adult: JPY 1080. Elementary or junior high school student: JPY 540.
Parking lot Free parking is provided (400 cars)
Business hour From June to September 08:30-18:00, from October to April 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Open year all round
Telephone number +81-152-45-2411
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 305 582 354*68

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Abashiri Prison Museum. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Onsen Ryokan Motoyoshi(温泉旅館もとよし)
Booking
Abashiri Kanko Hotel(網走観光ホテル)
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort(北天の丘 あばしり湖 鶴雅リゾート)
Hotel Abashirikoso(ホテル網走湖荘)
Auberge Kita-no-Dan-Dan(オーベルジュ 北の暖暖)
Tento-no-Sato Hotel Honjin Abashiriko(天都の郷 ホテル本陣網走湖)
Pension Wani-no-Ie(ペンション わにの家)
Booking.com

A page of Abashiri is here

Abashiri

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