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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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Asian history in your face!

I have never been so close to history. The exhibits showcased at this museum cover Ancient Egypt to Japan. All those years I've watched educational programs about these Asian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I have never been so close to history. The exhibits showcased at this museum cover Ancient Egypt to Japan. All those years I've watched educational programs about these Asian cultures came to life before my eyes. I was amazed to behold Egyptian hieroglyph carved slabs , 4000 year old Mesopotamian artifacts, Chinese jade statues, religious relics 100's of years old,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

There are several buildings and only 2 were open when I went - they had 2 buildings and an entire wing of a 3rd being renovated or transitioning exhibits. The buildings are laid out so you can easily wind your way through with out getting lost in a labyrinth or missing galleries. Not a lot of the block print art... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Within the huge Ueno Park with many museums, gardens, and a zoo, this museum is a must-visit! Within a few mi notes from the rides for young children, a large and welcoming Starbucks, and a huge mirror pond, this is easy to find. In front, the museum has a unique, glassed in gift shop with light and lovely snacks, spaces... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful Museum with a variety of exhibits! It's like taking a step back in Japanese history, from swords, masks and pottery it's gorgeous. The area is outstanding as well with places to shop and eat in close proximity to the park!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A great museum to visit and see some excellent Japanese art and it is well situated near many other great museums if that is your passion. Lots of unique and well labelled things to look at and great ice-cream outside to enjoy a walk around the grounds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Japan, one of the artistically richest countries. Tokyo, a top 10 mega city of the world. When the name has "National Museum" in it, surprise at the lack of breadth and depth of this museum. Positives: Air conditioning works, nice respite from the heat. Entrance fee is reasonable. There were some good art and exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

If you chose to only visit one museum indoor, chose this one. Go to both the Japanese and asian arts sections and have lunch and matcha jn its restaurant between the two visits.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We were so excited to visit the museum, as I had read many great statements about it. We bought our tickets only to realize after walking around that all the exhibits were closed. They did not tell us when we bought the ticket that everything was closed. The exhibit I was excited to see was the egyptian exhibit, however, when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The museum is an excellent place to get to know Japanese arts. The exhibits feature many interesting arts and artifacts. The location also allows one to visit one or two other museums in the same area. The museum shop sells souvenirs and books related to the exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Excellent place to know more about Japanese culture and achievements! Saw human bones and some organs made of wood during the Edo Period; they were used for teaching acupuncture. Besides that, there were a variety of exhibits and many with useful English information.

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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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