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Tokyo National Museum

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Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-3822-1111
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Nice overview of Japanese history

I give particularly high praise to the way the museum offers an easy overview of their artistic heritage on the second floor. You just circle around that floor going room to room... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Bethesda, Maryland
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I give particularly high praise to the way the museum offers an easy overview of their artistic heritage on the second floor. You just circle around that floor going room to room to move from Jomon to Yayoi to more recent times. Very spacious and uncrowded overall. I think our teenagers were given free admittance. I found it amusing that... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were in this large park to see the classical Asian Art on display to find they were having a huge Greek Exhibit from Cicladic times to the Alexandrian era put together by period in a series of rooms for this very special exhibit.It will be seen in two other cities in JAPAN after the stint in Tokyo. It was... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are several galleries with different specialties. The main museum exhibits Japanese art and historical artefacts. Almost everything is explained and thus offers a good introduction to Japanese History. It is rather complete. The only small downside is that not everything is thoroughly explained. A good start for a trip in Japan.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While here I saw an amazing exhibit about the 'queens' of Egypt. A lot of information is translated to English as well.

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Uppsala, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't very impressed of the museum. How many different buddha statues can you appreciate? Other parts, like pottery, swords and caligraphy are more interesting, but still not worth more than 3 of 5.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice museum, get to see antique screens, samurai costumes, swards, pottery, lacker treys... I did think it is great museum or may be I don't know enough about Japan. When visiting foreign country we usually see historical museum but I expected a bit more from Japan ( better then Peru or Ecuador museum but not as good as France or... More 

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Thank Anna A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum takes you by the hand in the history of the Japanese culture. Their most valuable pieces are stored here. Valuable in Japan is all about art and design and less about the materials. Overall a goos experience for a descent price.

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We want to see something about Japanese art and this is the right place.. You can see through the objects how Japan and Japanese people were living in the past.. Very interesting and impressive

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the art museum and did the self guided tour on the second floor. Which was perfect for our family. The English pamphlet gave a good overview of the evolution of Japanese art. One ticket lets you into multiple museums.

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The TNM, as it calls itself, is actually a complex of seven or so buildings, including a beautiful gate which is only open on weekends. The building pictured above focuses on art, and it is connected to the archeology wing, which I enjoyed slightly more (being a history geek). There is adequate English signage and handouts. Nice gift shops as... 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.
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