Take flight at museum near Misawa AB, Japan

Photos by Yoshihito Morita
Photos by Yoshihito Morita

Take flight at museum near Misawa AB, Japan

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Located next to the US air base, the Misawa Aviation and Science Museum is the nation’s largest aeronautical science museum, and a must-see attraction. The museum’s exhibits give you a good overview of the history, technology and innovation to conquer the sky.

The two-story building made up of an aircraft hangar, exhibition rooms and science laboratory, accommodates historical aircraft, such as a replica Miss Veedol and a Japan-made passenger aircraft “YS-11,” along with many others. You will also enjoy hands-on fun with the freefall experience called “Prove IV,” or test your pilot skills in a flight simulator.

While strolling the museum’s open field, you can take a close look at 10 historical American and Japanese aircraft. Among these, you can even get into the cockpit of a Japanese jet fighter (F-104J) and a training plane (T-3) to feel like a real pilot.

With a large playground, the museum is also a great attraction for children.

Special events are often held on the weekends, so make sure to check out the web page before visiting.

Misawa Aviation and Science Museum
Hours: Tues – Sun, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 158 Kitayama, Misawa, Misawa City, Aomori Pref.
Admission: 510 yen for adults, high schoolers 300 yen, 15 years old and under free
Tel: 0176-50-7777

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