Towada Art Center

Aomori, Tohoku

Experience a city through art

Towada Art Center was opened in the spring of 2008 as a central fixture of the Arts Towada Project, a city-wide initiative with the aim of rejuvinating the Towada city center through art. The various indoor and outdoor exhibits incorporate local history, as well as the surrounding natural beauty. The result is an art style unique to Towada. Towada is a city that aspires to inspire artistic creativity, both at home and abroad.

Towada Art Center’s permanent exhibit holds a total of 38 works by 33 critically acclaimed international artists such as Yoko Ono, Ron Mueck, and Choi Jeong Hwa. Of the permanent collection, 25 works by 22 artists are located inside while  the other 13 are located outside at the adjacent Art Square.

Most of the exhibits are large art installations which are displayed in specifically designed rooms that are connected by glass corridors. Visitors might feel as if they’re outdoors while indoors on account of the museum’s airy, open architecture, which amplifies the natural light with its white walls and large glass windows. The permanent collection is just one of the museum’s many attractions. It also displays large-scale, seasonal exhibits and holds several events throughout the year.

Come and experience an all new generation of museum; one where art and architecture combine to create an unforgettable adventure in creativity and expression.

Main photo image: Towada Art Center and Choi Jeong Hwa’s Flower Horse



10-9, Nishiniban-cho, Towada-city, Aomori
Admission Fee
1,000 yen (Exhibition + Permanent Collection); 510 yen (Permanent Collection only); 600 yen (Exhibition only)
Closed Mondays (except for National Holidays, in which case the Center is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday) and for the New Year’s Holidays
From Tokyo:[Rail]About 3 hours 20 min by JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Shichinohe-Towada Station, about 40 min by bus from Shichinohe-Towada Station to Bijutsukan-mae[Bus]Get on Towada Kanko Dentetsu Highway Bus, at Tokyo or Ikebukuro station get off at Towada-shi station, about 5 min by bus from Towada-shi Station to Bijutsukan-mae
From Tokyo:
[Rail] About 3 hours 20 minutes by JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Shichinohe-Towada Station. It takes about 35 minutes by bus from Shichinohe-Towada Station to Bijutsukan-mae, where the museum is located.
[Bus] Take the Towada Kanko Dentetsu Highway Bus from Tokyo or Ikebukuro Station to Towada-shi-chuo. The museum is located at Bijutsukan-mae, about 5 minutes by bus from Towada-shi-chuo.

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