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Tokyo National Museum

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Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3822-1111
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

This famous museum houses the largest collection of Japanese artifacts and...

This famous museum houses the largest collection of Japanese artifacts and artworks in the world. With over 100,000 pieces and room to display only 4,000, exhibits are rotated constantly.

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Great ceramics, but Hokusai's "Wave" was not on display

There are some very nice ceramics in this museum (if you like ceramics you should also visit the Idemitsu museum). We initially went to the National Museum to see the Hokusai... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Bern, Switzerland

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Bern, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are some very nice ceramics in this museum (if you like ceramics you should also visit the Idemitsu museum). We initially went to the National Museum to see the Hokusai woodblock prints, but unfortunately they were not on display. If you want to see gorgeous woodblock prints by great japanese masters, you should go to the "Ota Memorial Museum... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only had a couple of hours for this visit and could have done with a lot longer as there is so much to see. The collections are very interesting and I enjoyed seeing some of the 20th century Japanese art and interesting Ainu artefacts as well as Samurai armour and swords. Nice touch to be able to take part... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a good museum, but not great in my opinion. Parts of it were closed while we visited, so it could possibly be better on longer visit.

Thank Zionstorm
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had two hours before a meeting and was in Ueno Park, so decided to check it out. Since I had so little time, I decided to just buy a basic ticket, which gave me access to the Japanese exhibits and the Asian exhibits. Given that I was in Japan and had limited time, I decided to see the Japanese... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was lucky enough to see the Terracotta Warriors Special Exhibit and permanent exhibitions including notably the Japanese and Chinese sections. I recommend allowing more than half a day if you want to experience most of this museum. While others have said there is not a lot of information in English and this is certainly the case for many of the... More 

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Penang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

during my visit they had the special exhibition,teracotta warriors. paid a hefty amount for the ticket but not worth it as the the audio is only in japanese. we could only see and not indulge in the history. there was no mention about not having dual language inside the museum.

Thank nandinii25
Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there to check out the Japanese art culture, such as the swords, ceramics, paintings, etc. and was surprised that at the Heisei Hall they had Xian's Terracotta Soldiers exhibit! It was quite good as you could walk around the soldiers and horses. As for the main hall with the Japanese culture items, if you are a student or... More 

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Poznan, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for experiencing japanesse culture. Guides in english are avaible for additional fee. But it is worth of spending money.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you wanna see some stuffed animals then go ahead!!.. it is very basic with no English description at all..

Thank Garry N
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest of Japan's top-level national meseums Took subway from Suehirocho Station nearby hotel to Ueno Station. Along the walking journey to the museum, there are many other museums around the Ueno Park. Current special exhibition Terracota Warriors (¥1600, inclusive of permanent galleries entry) showcases many different artefacts from the one held in Singapore... More 

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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