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Abashiri Prison Museum
  • August 13th, 2016
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[Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri] Retoro Buildings and Weird Wax Dolls Excite Visitor's Curiosity

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 of setting. 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.

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

By the way, "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)", an express bus, runs between the Sapporo and the Abashiri. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Abashiri Station.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Abashiri and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Abashiri. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Sapporo to Abashiri
    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Abashiri to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is in Omagari.
    Jalan
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is near the Abashiri Station.

    ABASHIRI

    Abashiri (網走) that about 40,000 people live is the 20th largest tourist city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. It is also a fisheries city facing the Sea of Okhotsk, and Crab, Idiot Fish, Whale and Salmon are famous as a local specialty. As for a climate, it is chilly that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -5 degrees in a winter, and it does not snow hard, too. It may be said that the Abashiri is relativelly warm climate in the Hokkaido. The Abashiri is well-known for drift ice reaching to the coast, and is famous as a winter tourist spot, too, and is roughly divided into 2 areas, a old city area (a neighborhood of Abashiri River mouth) and a new suburbs area. The new suburbs area is more developed than the old city area, and has more restaurants than the old city area. Read More

    Drift Ice of Abashiri
    Drift Ice from Mausuura View Point Parking 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 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 in the Abashiri. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

    ABASHIRI KOHAN ONSEN

      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 Abashiriko-so(ホテル網走湖荘)
      Anima-no-Sato(アニマの里)
      Rakuten
      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)
      Business Hotel Koraku(ビジネスホテル 幸楽)
      Booking
      Techan&Tetsuko-no-Yado(旧国鉄保養所 鉄ちゃん&鉄子の宿)
      Booking
      Yobito Ryokan(呼人旅館)
      HP
      Booking
      Yobitoura Campsite(呼人浦キャンプ場)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten

      ABASHIRI

        Abashiri Royal Hotel(網走ロイヤルホテル)
        Hotel Route-Inn Abashiri Ekimae(ホテルルートイン網走駅前)
        Abashiri Central Hotel(網走セントラルホテル)
        Dormy Inn Abashiri(ドーミーイン網走)
        Hokkai Hotel(北海ホテル)
        Booking
        Abashiri Hotel Okhotsk Inn(網走ホテル オホーツク・イン)
        Booking
        Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Okhotsk Abashiri Ekimae(東横インオホーツク・網走駅前)
        Abashiri Green Hotel(網走グリーンホテル)
        Jalan
        Abashiri Ryuhyou-no-Oka Youth Hostel(網走流氷の丘ユースホステル)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Hotel Sun Abashiri(ホテルサンアバシリ)
        Minshuku Lamp(民宿ランプ)
        Notoronoso Kagariya(能取の荘 かがり屋)
        Washi-no-Tomarigi(わしのとまり木)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Business Hotel Family(ビジネスホテル ファミリー)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Chiba Ryokan(千葉旅館)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Business Ryokan Miyuki(ビジネス旅館 みゆき)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Minshuku Kamome-so(民宿 かもめ荘)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Yasuragi-no-Yado B&B Abashiri(やすらぎの宿 B&B あばしり)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Sea Side Stay(Sea Side Stay)
        Jalan
        Arawashi(あら鷲)
        Booking
        Imodango Village(いもだんご村)
        Tent Land(北海道立オホーツク公園 てんとらんど)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Lakeside Park Notoro(レイクサイドパーク・のとろ)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Booking.com

        A page of Abashiri is here

        Abashiri

        By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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