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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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Great for quick introduction to Japanese history

We loved the quick 2 hours tour as an introduction to Japan. Museum has different treasures on display and in May it was a collection of swords, including a very famous katana... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We loved the quick 2 hours tour as an introduction to Japan. Museum has different treasures on display and in May it was a collection of swords, including a very famous katana. Easy to follow plan given at reception with descriptions and an audioguide app you can download for free. 600 yen per adult, all day

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Having been to the Edo Tokyo Museum, this museum is really not as interesting. There is simply not much write up of the artefacts shown, or a logical flow to the exhibits. If there could be more elaboration on the pieces of artefacts, explaining their origins, and things to look out for in them, it would probably have better brought... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Not as awesome as my personal favorite, the Tokyo-Edo museum, but this museum definitely has some cool artifacts ! I've only seem the Japanese part of the complex, and it was well worth the 2 hours invested in it.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The museum wasn't exactly what I expected. I thought there would be more traditional Japanese items, such as swords or historical items. There really wasn't much at all. Everything was just behind glass cabinets, with a lot of pottery and tapestry. I didn't leave the museum with one more piece of information than I entered it with, which really disappointed... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t all that great either. It had a pretty good selection, but not a patch on a lot of other museums we’ve seen. There was some interesting lacquerwork, though not much, and the same applied to ancient Japanese weapons. It only had two non-sword weapons and just a few examples of armour. It had quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Excellent museum with 5 different building housing separate collections. Pick according to your interest. Can easily spend few days here. The restaurant inside has very nice lunch sets at reasonable price. Great option for rainy day with very low entrance fee. One draw back is there is no activity for kids but probably this is not the place for it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

As we were here in cherry blossom time, the museum had a exhibition focusing on sakura, on scrolls, ceramic and fabric. The museum dates back to 1872 and has over 114,000 items, so the Regular Exhibition space rotates through about 4,000 of these at any time. Some of the more famous pieces it owns, such as the Thirty six views... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Thought I was going to get a history lesson on Japan's evolution but instead the buildings are more like a collection of galleries. The items on display are impressively dated but don't come here expecting to learn about the country's history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I came here to avoid the rain. I spent hours working. My way through all of the different rooms. I thought the displays were well set out and that the entrance fee was very reasonable.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Very attractive piece of architecture, a mix of Japanese & Art Décor However the interior is quite gloomy with dark décor With exhibits largely displayed in glass cabinets along the walls & limited English labels it is far from an engaging 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.
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