Attractions

Museum in Abashiri

Abashiri Prison Museum

Some of the original Meiji-era prison buildings were restored and relocated to this oddly pleasant museum park. The Kangoku Hakubutsukan (penal museum) here details the reasons this historic prison was so feared: a …
Museum in Abashiri

Hokkaidō Museum of Northern Peoples

The examples here of traditional dress, tools and musical instruments from the indigenous cultures of the northern latitudes demonstrate the resourcefulness and joy that can be found in some of the world's harshest …
Nature Reserve in Abashiri

Sango-sō Gunraku

Known as salt pickle or grasswort in other parts of the world, coral grass, the otherwise humble marsh plant, gets its moment of fame in September when it turns bright red. There are a few boardwalk viewing spots ov…
Museum in Abashiri

Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum

Come here to see videos of the drift ice in winter and small tanks of the fascinating creatures that live beneath it, such as the tiny kurione (sea angel), Abashiri's mascot. There's also a rooftop observatory.