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Hokkaido Digital Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum

Okhotsk Area Abashiri City

This outdoor museum of history has buildings that were originally constructed and used by inmates in the Meiji era (1868–1912) and were later relocated to the current location for reconstruction. The buildings have been preserved and made open to the public. In 2016, eight of the buildings were designated as Important Cultural Properties and another seven as Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. Through these buildings and other penological materials, the museum conveys the prion’s historical role in the development of Hokkaido and its relations with the community, while working to raise public understanding of the significance and aspects of the prison and prison life.

museum Facility information

Yobito 1-1, Abashiri

9:00 – 17:00 (last admission: 16:00)
Between August 1 and 15, the last admission is 17:00 and the museum closes at 18:00.


Open year-round
The museum may close in the event of transportation disruptions caused by national highway closures due to inclement weather.


Adults: ¥1,100
College and high school students: ¥770
Elementary and junior high school students: ¥550
Holders of a physical disability certificate or the like: ¥550
Abashiri citizen discount: 20% off (ID required)
Group discount: 20% off (for parties of 20 or more)
These discounts cannot be used in combination with other discounts.

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Wheelchair accessibility
Parking Accessible restroom Slopes Nursing room Wheelchairs available upon request
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Supplementary information
The restaurant, located in the free admission area, is open from 11:00 to 15:30 (last admission: 14:30). Umbrellas (in rainy weather) and strollers are available upon request.
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