Abashiri Station is in Abashiri city located in northeast Hokkaido. There is a sign in front of the station and the name of the station are written in vertical which was intended to ensure that “Do not make the mistake again those who are in prison.”
Abashiri Prison Museum is a facility that transmits vividly about the life of the prison at that time. It has been and still is being used as a stage of many movies. It is one of the most popular tourism sites of Abashiri and visited by many tourists.
The winter tradition is the Sea of Okhotsk Drift Ice sightseeing. Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing & Icebreaker Ship [Aurora] which the ship proceeds by breaking the drift ice, is one of the most popular sightseeing. It is visited by tourists constantly every year. It is recommended to use a rental car to travel to Bihoro Toge where you can overlook entire Doto (eastern Hokkaido) if you want to enjoy the vast landscape. You can see the dynamic panorama view overwhelmingly amazing including Lake Kussharo and Mt. Mashu from the observatory on the Toge (mountain pass) which is located at the altitude of 525m.
Abashiri is rich in seafood, there are a lot of local specialty cuisines. You can enjoy a variety of gourmet foods of the local originalities such as [Abashiri Zangi] which is Okhotsk salmon marinated in the natural soy sauce and deep-fried is on a bowl of rice.