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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 65 attractions in Taito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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New England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW 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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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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East Coast
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Liked- quick exhibits made it great for a crash course on Japanese culture. Lots of variety to keep you interested including a garden. Nice break from the elements and cheap at $6 for entry. Disliked- pay extra for special exhibits.

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MARKHAM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

There is so much at the National Museum, with 4 major buildings and a temporary exhibit. The entire regular collection costs $6-7, but there is information overload even after a single building. The exhibits are magnificent, the information is detailed, and the quantity of items is rather overwhelming. Well worth several days interspersed with other activities.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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158 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Sparsely filled museum cases with artefacts from a range of periods including Chinese, Korean and Egyptian. The cases have a label attached that state what the object is and the date it comes from. There is some brief information on entry to each gallery but if you want to learn about Japanese history then this is not the place to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The layout of the museum is stunning with wonderful spacing and displays of all the pieces. I especially loved the collection of Buddha statues, most of which had imperfections like missing arms and chipped faces, which added more character to the pieces. Inexpensive and conveniently located. Great way to spend 2 hours.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Nice museum with a reasonable entrance fee and some great exhibits however for a National Museum i would have expected more, the range of things there was very limited and although they had some nice things many of the items were not of the top quality I would have expected and there was little to show how these things had... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a good museum on Japanese history. The exhibitions are good to explore the history and culture of Japan. Would spend at least half a day here.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Disappointing, especially after being told this was Tokyo's best museum . Old fashioned in its design and lacking striking exhibitions.

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