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Tokyo National Museum

Address: 13 - 9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3822-1111
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Ranked #7 of 67 Attractions in Taito
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This famous museum houses the largest collection of Japanese artifacts and artworks in the world...
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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21 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This museum was lackluster- especially if you're used to European museums or have ventured into American's museums in Washington DC or New York City. The exhibits were well done, though sparse, with very few items per room. There were some beautiful kimonos and pretty cool samurai armor, but then I realized that most statues, pieces or armor, etc were reproductions.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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68 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A good collection of Japanese fine arts. Ceramics, screens, swords, armour, laquerware, ink drawings, kimonos and sculpture from 3rd century to 20th century. Just enough and not too much. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours to see it all.

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Windhoek
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22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

If you go to Tokyo you must spend some hours in this wonderful museum. Here is the right place to know the History of the Japan through art crafts and very important pieces from all over the country. To highlight the Asian gallery in the same area of the museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Its good as long as you don’t compare it to the European museum culture. The place for one was half shut for renovations and what was at display was just fair enough to brush upon basic Japanese history but not much to details and could have used with a bit more collections and detailed explanations but otherwise they have decent... More 

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Brisbane
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We had only time to visit two of the buildings as closing time is 5.00 and we were trying to see a lot in Ueno park. We loved the collection of Samurai armour,swords and the bow and arrow. The archeological collection was impressive and I loved the ancient Egyptian exhibits,especially the Mummy.

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North Carolina Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
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19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Two of four buildings were closed for renovations when we went in mid December - I believe one of those buildings may re open in April, the other not until later. There is very little supporting information provided in English and so it was hard to know what you were looking at. Mostly ceramics. In a 3rd building there was... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The permanent collection on display felt repetitive. With two of the four buildings closed for renovations it may be wise to allow less time, or to skip this museum until your next visit.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Nice archaeological and art exhibits. Comprehensive museum shop. Exhibits of Edo and Meiji art; prehistoric cultural artifacts, samurai swords. Definitely a must-see for the intelligent traveler.

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Brisbane, Qld
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We decided that this would be a great place to see some of the history of the country. There was a wide example of historical artifacts. The grounds are also very beautiful.

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Bacchus Marsh, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

One of the most wonderful museums I have visited. Statues, masks, lacquer ware, pottery, painting and my favourite display - stunningly beautiful screens!

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