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Tokyo National Museum

13 - 9 Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 110-8712, Japan
+81 3-3822-1111
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Ranked #8 of 68 Attractions in Taito
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dardanelle
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

very well laid out floor plan. the staff is kind and helpful. the exhibitions were great- glad there was english also.

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Chengdu, China
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent museum that provided me with a solid foundation for the rest of my time in Japan. Pick up the "Highlights of Japanese Art" brochure (free). It tells you everything you need to know and where to find it. Plan to spend 1 to 2 hours here. The brochure includes a timeline of Japanese history on the... More

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Chiba-shi, Chiba, Japan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I regret that I only planned 3 hours for this museum (or need I say a collection of museums). This site is full of great historical finds from within and outside Japan. History junkies will definitely be satisfied. Definitely a must-see when in Tokyo. Taking pictures is allowed, except for a few items with a no-camera sign.

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Palo Alto, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Tokyo National Museum has a little bit of everything. The collections on display are spread across artwork, sculptures, ceramics, iron-working, furniture, just about every kind of item you can imagine cataloguing the long history and endless depths of Japanese and Asian culture. Located in Ueno Park, it is a very easy walk from Ueno Station. The museum is actually... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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129 reviews 129 reviews
69 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The Tokyo National Museum, TNM, is to Japanese art, what the Uffizi is to Renaissance painting and the Rijksmuseum is to the Dutch masters: the premier showcase of that category of art, with masterpiece after stunning masterpiece. Many of the works are of great cultural importance, and several are officially listed as national treasures. The TNM is housed in a... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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197 reviews 197 reviews
37 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

the museum stands at the head of Ueno Park in very attractive and imposing buildings. There were traditional dancers in the courtyard and the facilities are generally excellent. I do feel however that the exhibits were sparse particularly given Japan's rich culture, there simply wasn't a real depth of exhibits. I accept I am no expert, I simply wanted an... More

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Las Pinas
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509 helpful votes 509 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Situated in Ueno Park, the museum is a great place to spend a good part of the day. The collections and exhibits are exceptional.

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Cork, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I have seen many museum but the Tokyo one is fine and well done. Labels are in Japanese and English so no problem there. You cannot take pictures of everything (per request of the lenders) but the items will remain on your memory long after you have visited the museum. Don't forget the shop, well stocked in books and reproductions.

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Santa Monica, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We took our time and visited the museum on two different days. As we were over 70, it was free for us to visit. There are four different buildings with the main buildings holding the highlights of Japanese art. Another building contains Japanese archaeology on the first floor and special exhibits above. The third building has art from other Asian... More

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Brasilia, DF
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42 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

In a modern city where most of the attractions are related to shopping, this museum is a must for those who like more traditional attractions. It gives a good sence of the old and traditional city and has a good colleaction of samurai swords.

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