Here's a gallery from as far north as I went during my time in Hokkaido, Japan: The city of Abashiri. My starting point was the town of Kawayu-Onsen, where I boarded a train and, with Shiretoko National Park as a backdrop, I eventually reached Abashiri Station. I visited the city's two main attractions: The Prison Museum and The Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples. The prison museum is a massive five-wing radial structure, and details the extensive development of agriculture and road infrastructure that were ostensibly completed by prison labour. The indigenous peoples of Hokkaido - the Ainu - are at the center of The Museum of Northern Peoples which contains some rather impressive cultural artifacts and displays. My day ends at the Abashiri River prior to my trains' departure - with just enough time to take a few more photographs.
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