Visit Towada Art Center

Visit Towada Art Center: Amazing new art center concept, and the beautiful Towada Lake. Opened in 2008, the Towada Art Center is the focal point of the city of Towada's initiative to revitalize itself through art. The concept is to encounter artworks that mix in with the encompassing cityscape and nature.

Visit Towada Art Center


Don't Miss

  • Exhibits outside the museum mixing with the encompassing city
  • Erwin Wurm's one of a kind work, "Fat House"
  • The strikingly current architecture of the museum building

How to Visit Towada Art Center

Shichinohe-Towada is the second of three Tohoku Shinkansen stops in Aomori from Tokyo. It is principally a gateway to Towada City and the lake region. There, you can change to JR transports for Towada.

Towada is in the foothills of the Hakkoda Mountains, and incorporates the Aomori side of Lake Towada. There are no trains in the Towada zone, but JR operates transports each one to two hours from Shichinohe-Towada. Around half of the transports go directly to the museum, while the other half go to the city center, which is around a 10-minute stroll to Towada Art Center.

Visit Towada Art Center


Encountering art in unexpected spots

Most of the pieces in the museum's permanent collection—there are just around 30 works—were commissioned particularly for Towada Art Center. In addition, there are six works in the general population "Art Square" and six more called "Street Furniture."

Despite the relatively modest number of pieces, there is a great arrangement to see and do. Most of the works that are housed inside the museum are in spaces planned particularly for them. The building's architecture, composed by architect Ryue Nishizawa, is perfectly matched to the installations, but his plan actually includes the entire street square.

Visit Towada Art Center

Visit Towada Art Center


See the universes of world-well known artists

Since the Arts Towada Project was completely planned, including the Art Center as its primary fixture, many of the works were commissioned from acclaimed artists, for example, Yoko Ono, Ron Mueck and Jeong Hwa Choi.

But the name recognition of the artists themselves is extremely auxiliary here. You'll be in wonder strolling through and among the exhibits. Sitting on the "street furniture", you'll feel like a tyke once more. It's almost more like a recreation center than a museum.

Visit Towada Art Center


There truly isn't another museum like it

The old primary street, Kanchogaidori, (literally "street of government workplaces") had turned out to be deserted because of population decay. The city and this art project have been to a great extent effective in changing that. The Art Center has not just attracted attention and honors, but a flood of tourism has rejuvenated the city. It has turned into a wellspring of pride.

While you're there

Lake Towada is around one hour away, while a few parts of Oirase Stream are effortlessly within 60 minutes. The best way to get to these, however, is via auto.

Visit Towada Art Center

Visit Towada Art Center

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