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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Art & Design

Aomori Museum of Art 青森県立美術館

World-class design and Aomori culture

The sleek architecture of the famous Aomori Museum of Art almost threatens to upstage its very own modern art collection. Even so, the star of the show is still the artwork, which offers unique insights into Aomori's culture, heritage and design.

Don't Miss

  • The museum's striking modern architecture
  • Artist Marc Chagall's four giant backdrops from the ballet "Aleko"
  • Works by Aomori native Yoshitomo Nara, who has won acclaim for his quirky style

How to Get There

The Aomori Museum of Art is near Shin-Aomori Station and Aomori Station.

While it is some distance from the city center, a trip to the Aomori Museum of Art is well worth your time as it can easily be combined with the historical Sannai Maruyama Jomon Archaeological Site, located just 5 minutes away by foot. By car or taxi, the museum is 10 minutes from JR Shin-Aomori Station, 20 minutes from JR Aomori Station, and about half an hour from Aomori Airport. By bus, it takes 20 minutes from JR Aomori Station.

Local heritage both inside and out

The Aomori Museum of Art was designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki, who is known for his snazzy series of Louis Vuitton boutiques from New York to Tokyo. For the museum, he took a much more minimalistic approach.

His design was inspired by the Sannai Maruyama Jomon Archaeological Site, which is located near the museum and preserves the remains of a settlement from more than 4,000 years ago.

The museum's location was chosen to showcase the historical connection between art and culture, and it's easy to see why. Take a stroll around the exterior of the museum to fully appreciate its unique design.

Enter the museum and, as you wander through the various collections, observe the design of each exhibition hall. Most of the museum's halls are underground and have been designed to resemble an archaeological site.

Main Entrance to the museum

A local favorite

The Aomori Museum of Art has, since 2006, lived up to its promise of introducing local Aomori art to the world. Its most iconic symbol is an 8.5-meter tall statue of the Aomori Dog by Aomori-born artist Yoshimoto Nara, whose works have been displayed worldwide.

The permanent collection includes works by local Aomori artists such as woodblock printmaker Shiko Munakata, photographer and playwright Shuji Terayama, and sculptor Toru Narita. There are also works by foreign painters including Henri Matisse, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Pablo Picasso.

Befitting its status as a world-class contemporary art museum, the Aomori Museum of Art also holds temporary exhibitions, as well as concerts, plays, and seminars. Check out what's on by visiting the museum website before your trip.

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