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Dangerous History: The Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum is located in the city of Abashiri in Hokkaido, Japan. Constructed in the 1890s, it was used as a facility for the incarceration of dangerous criminals and political prisoners. In recent years, it has turned into an open-air museum. Founding Abashiri Prison The story of Abashiri Prison’s founding takes place around 115…

Discover the untouched beauty of Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

Shiretoko National Park is one of the biggest Japanese natural parks, and is located in Shiretoko Peninsula, the easternmost part of Hokkaido. Up to three fourth of the peninsula are unreachable by land transportation. A lot of flora and fauna can be found in the park, and the best known animal living here is Japan’s…

3 Recommended Onsen around Sapporo, Hokkaido

Hot spring, known as “Onsen” is a good place to relax and warm your body. In some cases, natural hot spring has many benefits for health because of the existing minerals in the water. You can find numerous hot springs around Japan, including in Hokkaido. There are some hot springs that are close to the…

Learn about the Ainu, the Indigenous Japanese People, at the Hokkaido Museum

Ainu or Aynu in Japan are indigenous people who originally lived in Hokkaido. They also lived in the Northeast part of Honshu island and Sakhalin, the island in the east coast of Russia. It is not easy to meet Ainu people nowadays. Throughout the history Ainu people have been oppressed up until Meiji era. During…