Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Aomori

Name in Japanese: 青森県立三沢航空科学館
Area: Aomori
Address: 158 Misawakitayama, Misawa-shi, Aomori-ken [map]
Phone: 0176-50-7777 0176-50-7777
Hours: 9am to 5pm, closed Mondays
Admission: Adults: ¥510
High School students: ¥300
Website: http://www.kokukagaku.jp/

Misawa has a long history as an aviation hub in northern Japan. A beach in Misawa was the departure point for the Miss Veedol — the first airplane to fly non-stop across the Pacific in 1931. Today, the city’s airport is host to both the Japan Air Self-Defence Force and the US Air Force, as well as commercial services.

The museum features a replica of Miss Veedol, the Gasuden Koken, an airplane that set a long distance record in 1938, a General Dynamics F-16, and a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, among other military and civilian aircraft.

Children under high school age are admitted for free.