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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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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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good to learn a bit more about jap history & culture. amazing pottery/ceramics & ink/parchment art

I love museums and so I went. I found that the path to follow it's very pedagogic and it's easy to to walk by - i found very interesting the collection & the way it is organized... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I love museums and so I went. I found that the path to follow it's very pedagogic and it's easy to to walk by - i found very interesting the collection & the way it is organized, making it easy to understand more and better the japanese culture and history. And if you are into some craft, like me and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

With many artifacts it shows a part of the Japanese history, and also has a place for Asia as a Cintinent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A very nice museum which consist of many rare item in excellent condition and description. Multiple mall in this museum which impressed me. A must visit museum.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This museum is fantastic! Not too large, you can tour it in 2 or 3 hours if you're just a regular visitor, not deeply into art. Anyway, it gives you a good idea of art and culture evolution through history in Japan. There are exceptional pieces, like figures of the Kannon goddess, and plenty of lacquer pieces, which I just... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I enjoyed my visit, but I wasn't blown away. The museum is well maintained with nice pieces. I found the descriptions (all in English) explaining each room to be particularly interesting. The shop is decent, too. But overall it didn't have that "wow" factor. It could be because as an American I am not familiar with Japanese art the way... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This museum has an array of different artifacts spread out over two stories in (the main) grand building. Special exhibitions may be worth your time, in fact, it was the highlight for me to see a Buddhist sculpture exhibition in February 2015. Another highlight was the regular exhibition of a room just of Japanese screens behind glass that are the... More 

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

I usually love going to national museums to learn about the history and culture of the people. This museum was dark. The information not very informative or interesting. The directions to get around were not very good. I ended up going the wrong way no matter how hard I tried and no matter who I asked. The gift shop was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The Tokyo National Museum is actually several museums in one. I only visited one of the six buildings. However, the main exhibit in the art museum was really excellent. The exhibit is a great overview of japanese art history over thousands of years, and the curators did an outstanding job using the art to tell some of the history of... More 

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Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We visited only one part of the museum. It gives good overview about the history and culture of Japan. The museum is definitely worth a visit, if you have some days in Tokyo, as you can combine its visit with a walk in the Ueno Park and it's quite near the metro station. Paintings, statues, war armours are well represented... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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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.