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Tokyo National Museum

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 13 - 9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3822-1111
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Description: 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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2500 years of Japanese Art & Culture

The Tokyo National Museum is in a park area that really has a collection of museums, including several art museums, a natural history museum, and the Tokyo National Museum. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The Tokyo National Museum is in a park area that really has a collection of museums, including several art museums, a natural history museum, and the Tokyo National Museum. It reminded me of the Smithsonian museums around the National Mall in DC. Even within the confines of the National Museum grounds, there are several buildings with different collections. On the... More 

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Calgary, AB
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

While the name "Tokyo National Museum" may sound overwhelming, this place is surprisingly serene (not crowded at all on a rainy weekday), pleasantly classy (art is tastefully and creatively displayed ) and eminently "accessible" (you can tour through all the exhibitions in less than 2 hours and not feel rushed). A most enjoyable, insightful way to spend a couple hours... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lot of things about Japan History, I did all the way twice (plus the day that I visited was International Museum Day -free admission-)

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A lovely museum to visit if you're interested in Japanese life/art, There are exquisite drawings and scrolls to view - not so much that you get bored but fascinating scenes of life in the past. Its free if you're over 70 which I'm not but you may be.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I have visited here a few times. This past trip was with my 11 year old and he just loved it. He spent a LOT of time photographing armor, swords and the beautiful hand painted screens AND of course the wood block. Arms and armor are so interesting. Never have I seen swords forged as works of art like this.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

If you enjoy history, reading about time periods and inter-family politics, this is fascinating. If you're not a history buff or are bringing along short-fused kids, it might be a little dry and academic for your tastes. All the same, I can't imagine there is anyone unimpressed by an awesome samurai armour set.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Depending on your style of museum-going, this could be an excellent choice. There are thousands of artifacts with supporting information in multiple languages--speaking little Japanese, I did just fine here. Price of admission is not bad at all, and it actually qualifies you for three different museums which you can explore at your leisure. Art, History, and Culture buffs can... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This museum was lackluster- especially if you're used to European museums or have ventured into American's museums in Washington DC or New York City. The exhibits were well done, though sparse, with very few items per room. There were some beautiful kimonos and pretty cool samurai armor, but then I realized that most statues, pieces or armor, etc were reproductions.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A good collection of Japanese fine arts. Ceramics, screens, swords, armour, laquerware, ink drawings, kimonos and sculpture from 3rd century to 20th century. Just enough and not too much. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours to see it all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

If you go to Tokyo you must spend some hours in this wonderful museum. Here is the right place to know the History of the Japan through art crafts and very important pieces from all over the country. To highlight the Asian gallery in the same area of the museum.

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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.