Alongside Akira Kurosawa and Hayao Miyazaki, the late Juzo Itami is regarded as one of Japan's most innovative and captivating film directors, known for his affectionate and absurdist look at Japanese life. Each film starred his wife Nobuko Miyamoto and an off-the-wall supporting character, sometimes played by Itami himself. Best-known films include Tampopo, centering on a bedraggled ramen-shop owner trying to make the perfect soup, and Ososhiki, the story
of an idiosyncratic family coming together for a funeral. If you haven't seen them, they're musts for any visitor to Japan; if you have, then you'll love the museum, curated by Miyamoto herself, showcasing video clips and objects from Itami's life. To get here, take a Tobe-bound from in front of Shieki station for 20 minutes to the Amayama-bashi Bridge stop; backtrack two minutes on foot to the museum. It's a ¥1,200 taxi ride from Shieki station.