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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 #9 of 66 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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Brasilia, DF
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75 reviews 75 reviews
42 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you like museums then it's a great place to go. There are a few museums around and the national museum will take you about 2-3 hours at a decently quick place to complete. Cafés and restaurants all around. Cheap and fun day :)

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I'm a big museum buff and I love visiting each country's national museum to see their art, their history and artifacts. The Tokyo National Museum was not a disappointment. There were so many displays to see, the museum is well structured although descriptions in English seemed a bit on the brief side. I'm sure the Japanese versions were more detailed.... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We walked through the park from the metro, past the zoo to get to the museum which is housed in an impressive building. The museum is fairly old fashioned in its presentation as others have noted but I did enjoy the main Japanese building which had a nice array of kimonos, uniforms, screens and sculpture pieces of various sizes. It... More

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Alberta, Canada
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121 reviews 121 reviews
63 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The museum is relatively large, though nothing compared with the Louvre, for example. There was a decent amount to see, but it was very spread out over a large area, which made it seem like you did more walking than admiring. Plenty of nice chairs in here to rest, though, if you've been on your feet all day, and it's... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I liked the museum building which is said to reflect a blend of 1930's architecture with that of the Japanese. The exhibition however was not that satisfactory. For example, you can see much more "netsukes" in Victoria and Albert Museum in London than you can see here. Besides, food & drink facilities were also quite boring. As a matter of... More

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San Francisco, California
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166 reviews 166 reviews
59 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

If you enjoy history & archaeology visit this lovely museum, which although large has plenty of space to wander. I enjoyed seeing the Earth goddess figurines from the Jomon period

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New England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Who is the idiot architect who designed the ticket office without any shade? There are no audio tours available. There is the odd placard with a toyl and date but no further explanation. I had the impression of visiting a museum from the 60's. Too bAd. There is some nice stuff to see

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A complex of museums, the main hall - Honkan - displays many of the most important art objects in the country. There is adequate English signage and map, but it helps to have an English language guidebook of your own. There is so much that it can overwhelm the fact that each item is among the very best of its... More

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Louisville, KY
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Nice collection of Japanese and Asian artifacts. I appreciate that most of the artifacts are not behind thick glass. It allows for really being able to see up-close the detail of the artifacts. Nice collection of terracotta figures. Locker storage for small bags and small umbrellas are located inside the main building.....very convenient.

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