Aomori Museum of Art

Museum in Aomori

There are terrific offerings for kids in the fun and quirky pieces by contemporary artists from Aomori Prefecture featured heavily in the permanent collection here. These include pop icon Yoshitomo Nara – and his 9ft dog – master printmaker Munakata Shikō, and Tohl Narita, who designed many of the monsters from the iconic Ultraman television show. The museum is about 5km west of JR Aomori Station, adjacent to the Sannai Maruyama Site.

City buses leaving from stop 6 at the JR station for Menkyō Center stop at Kenritsu-bijyutskan-mae (¥270, 20 minutes), where you should get off.