Trip with a Rent a Car in Memanbetsu city: Three sightseeing spots to visit near Abashiri
What we'll do
Abashiri Prison Museum was once used as a prison, but now you can take a tour of the inside of the prison and see what it was like for prisoners back when it was in operation. Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum exhibits genuine drift ice, which lets you feel cool even during a hot summer. At Meruhen No Oka Memambetsu, try some of Memanbetsu's local cuisine. You should bring back some of the local specialties unique to the region as souvenirs.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Toyota Rent-A-Car Kitami Memanbetsu Airport Shop.
From Memanbetsu Airport, 1-minute walk south on Route 64.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
1Abashiri Prison Museum
This outdoor, barrier-free site over three times larger than Tokyo Dome showcases buildings from the original Abashiri Prison, making it one of the most unique museums in Japan. The oldest of the buildings was built about 120 years ago, and the logs used for the pillars and beams were sawed without machinery by inmates, resulting in a rough finish that visitors can still see today. The museum includes eight buildings that have been designated as nationally important cultural properties as well as a movie theater where visitors can have a virtual reality experience of historical prison labor. There are also free guided tours, a chance to taste authentic prison meals, and a museum shop where items constructed by prison inmates themselves are sold.
2Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum
Mysteries of the fascinating world of drift ice are uncovered at the Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum where visitors can feel of ice floes, witness the effects of subzero temperatures, and gaze at strangely captivating creatures of the Okhotsk Sea. Visitors will also have a chance to get a hands-on arctic experience by touching actual drift ice, which is kept at -15 degrees Celsius. Located 10 minutes by car from Abashiri Station, the museum sits at the peak of Mt. Tento, and gorgeous views of Hokkaido scenery can be seen from the observation deck.
3Meruhen No Oka Memambetsu
Meruhen-no-Oka, or the Hill of Fairies, is a viewpoint located along National Route 39 which connects major cities of the Doto area Kitami and Abashiri. Potatoes, wheat, beans, beets, and other vegetable fields stretch as far as the eye can see, and the colors of the hill change with the seasons: green in spring, white with potato flowers in summer, golden with wheat in autumn. This area was also the filming location for the director Akira Kurosawa's film "Dream," and the tranquil scenery of the interweaving fields and sky leave a lasting impression. In particular, the dyed red of the sky at sunset is a moment of true beauty, and it has become a popular spot among a number of photographers. Located nearby is the Meruhen Culture Center where customers can purchase local products from Ozora-cho.