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Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan

13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 110-8712, Japan
+81 3-5777-8600
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Ranked #15 of 68 Attractions in Taito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Art Museums
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Kansas City, Kansas
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Interesting museum with Japanese history and many national treasures. Also an exhibit on other Asian countries. We spent only 1 1/2 hours and didn't have time to make it through the whole thing. You probably need at least 3 hours. 600 yen per person -- well worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Amazing Museum describing the origin of Tokyo as the imperial city, first, and Capital city of Japan then. The museum offer a free guiding service, which everyone should choose to attend. Guides are Japanese/English-speaking professionals, extremely well prepared on the content and history of the Museum itself. Guided tours can be arranged as far as language and duration of tours.... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The museum was nice and the newer stuff really shines but the older stuff really needs updating. Also would have liked to have some kind of Audio guide in English to explain things since most of the information seemed to be in Japanese.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The Heiseikan is the second largest building in the National Museum complex. A little corridor links it to the main building and front entrance. It's home to archaeology and temporary exhibitions. Artefacts date back to the Jomon period of 2000BC and even older.

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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Very well preserved relics of the past being displayed belonging to priests, army,leaders from different ages.

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Full of varied exhibits this museum is well worth a half day visit. We went because the weather was terrible but were glad we did.

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Ottawa, Canada
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is a museum showing the best in Japanese archaeological and historical artifacts, calligraphy, painting, armour, metalwork, textiles, and exquisite enamelware and ceramics. The attention to detail, colour, and texture are sublime. Some paintings demonstrate "less is more", with scenes of pastoral activity set on a blank background with distant scenes set apart, showing the relation of the scene with... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The museum had some really nice permanent exhibits and interesting special exhibits when we were there. Only issue is that explanations in English of the various pieces is very limited, so often you don’t really know what you are looking at, unless you understand the much more extensive descriptions in Japanese. It is located in a beautiful park that has... More

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La Mesa, CA.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I recently attended the current exhibit at the Heiseikan at the Tokyo National Museum. It was a combination of screens depecting Kyoto in the 1500's, a brilliant short movie about Ryoanji Temple in western Kyoto and a large number of panels from the Nijo Palace in Kyoto. While the screens were stunning, the size of the crowd was also making... More

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Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

THE TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM Set up in 1872, it is the oldest museum in Japan, and has the finest collection of cultural treasures of any. Its collection has a total of over 113,000 artifacts, including 87 National Treasures, and has about 4,000 to 5,000 on display at any time. The museum is spread over three large buildings, one of which... More

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