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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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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

This famous museum houses the largest collection of Japanese artifacts...

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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Nice place for a rainy afternoon!

If you are open to some of the more old fashioned dimly lit exhibits, and accept that it is a reasonably priced spot for an hour or two of browsing, you will enjoy some of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are open to some of the more old fashioned dimly lit exhibits, and accept that it is a reasonably priced spot for an hour or two of browsing, you will enjoy some of the offerings in this museum. There are some splendid screens and scrolls, and even some nice woodblocks to peruse. There's even a nice Starbucks just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ticket is cheap less then 5 euro, big collection of history and art. Open till 5pm. Recommended to visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very old fashioned museum. The many wonderful items deserve much better presentation, especially a more coherent and more detailed historical context.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On the night I arrived in Tokyo, I saw a special report on “The Great Terracotta Army of China's First Emperor” on TV. So my friend and I decided to go to see its exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum. As the museum opens at 9:30am, we met at the JR Ueno Station Ko-en-guchi (Park Exit) at 9:00am and walked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this museum while wandering around Ueno Park. I was very impressed with the wide variety of artifacts contained in the exhibits. There is something here to interest everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tokyo National Museum had two special exhibitions on: Terracotta Army of China and the Bulgari Exhibition. We decided on the first and we're not disappointed with its fine detail and exhibition. Although the vast majority of the museum was in Japanese, we still appreciated the museum's dedication. The regular exhibition was outstanding and demonstrated Japan's extensive history and culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The national museum is split across a number of buildings and some are reserved for special exhibitions only which you need to pay extra for. Before wandering around, one gem I discovered a little late in my trip is that there are free (coin deposit returned at the end) that you can leave you hefty rucksack in and enjoy your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are three wings, Japan, Asia and a brand name one. We only went in the first two. It took about 4 hours. Great on a rainy day. Some of the works are thousands of years old. Really amazing items from yayoi and jomon periods.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the very early BC years forward, a great culmination of art, pottery, Japan's own terracotta warriors, samurai armour, kimonos and more ! Definitely worth a look but note not every exhibit is free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I visited there was the expo on the Terracotta Army from Xian. It was well laid out with a lot of small artefacts on display as wel.

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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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