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Hokkaido Museum of Nortern Peoples

Hokkaido Museum of Nortern Peoples

Hokkaido Museum of Nortern Peoples

The museum building was designed to represent a swan extending its wings. The entrance hall tower has the shape of a conical tent which has been widely used by peoples living in the northern region.



Exhibition room
This Museum focuses on the Native People of the North who live in both Eurasia and America. These peoples inhabit an area that stretches for more than sixteen thousands kilometers from east to west.

There are some characteristic similarities and differences between the native cultures of the arctic and subarctic regions.



The exhibitions are divided into four sections as follow

  • Northern Crossroads (Clothing, Food, Dwellings)
  • The Okhotsk Culture
  • Subsistence, Spritual World
  • Looking to the Future

- quote from guide of Museum -




Hours : 09:30-16:30
Closed : Monday and some National Holidays, Dec.29-Jan.03

Admission Fees : Adults 300 yen, Students 100 yen,
Primary/Junior High School free

Address : 309-1 Shiomi, Abashiri City, Hokkaido
Phone : 0152-45-3888



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Museum Abashiri Prison


There are another pioneer story to must to talk beyond the time.

The original Abashiri Prison buildings were moved to the foot of Mt.Tento to be preserve

Museum Abashiri Prison

Main gate of Abashiri Prison (reproduced )

Brick Gate ; Main gate of Abashiri Prison also called as "the farthest land prison" is a heavy looking and gives us an impression of majesty. This famous gate, reconstructed with full scale, is often selected by post card.



Museum Abashiri Prison
Meiji Government (1868 - 1912) decided set prisoner to wark on pioneer of Hokkaido. In 1890, Abashiri Prison was constructed for resources of labor in this cold lonely village.

Prisoners were forced labor for 225km road construction from Abashiri to Asahikawa. Over 200 prisoners were sacrificed on this roadwork.


Place and rest and sleep : This place was constructed for a temporary lodging house for prisoners to work away from their main lodging house. This was also called "moving prison (octopus room)".



Hours : 08:00-18:00 (from April to October), 09:00-17:00 (from November to March)
Closed : Open through the yesr

Admission fees : Adults 1,050 yen, University/High school 730 yen,
Primary/Junior high school 520 yen

Address : 1-1 Yobito, Abashiri City, Hokkaido
Phone : 0152-45-2411



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Colony of Coral grass

If you come Abashiri area in fall season, you can see colony of coral grass on the shore of the lakes

Colony of Coral grass

Colony of Coral grass



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