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Tokyo National Museum

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Beautiful collection

We were lucky enough to visit the museum on a free admittance day so I didn't feel as bad about... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Shampeu
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Northbrook, Illinois
Serene display of Asian treasures

Asian treasures spread out over a number of different buildings. Displays are nicely arranged. Set... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alex D
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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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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13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-0007, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were lucky enough to visit the museum on a free admittance day so I didn't feel as bad about zipping around the museum. The museum houses a very impressive collection of Asian art. I think I would have spent longer perusing the rooms if...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shampeu
Reviewed 1 week ago

Asian treasures spread out over a number of different buildings. Displays are nicely arranged. Set aside some time if you want to visit thoroughly.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alex D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided to spend our last day in Japan at the museum, and it was certainly ambitious. We didn’t realize that the museum is essentially 4-5 museums in itself, and it would take more than a day to explore everything properly! We paid for the special...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ariellechiu
Reviewed December 16, 2018

What to do on a day when rain was battering us on the street? Go to a museum, of course! This is not just any old museum, and to be honest, we had planned to visit it no matter what. The complex houses a massive...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank nocatnow
Reviewed December 15, 2018

the museum is divided to few buildings, spend 2-3 hours here is great. Besides the artifak and collection here, it is great to enjoy the garden scene around the museum especially autum .

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wongnp
Reviewed December 11, 2018

A large exhibition of Japanese art from ancient times to our days. Leave your bag in a smallish coinlocker, you don't want to carry it with you, trust me. However, you might need a scarf as the museum can be a bit chilly (at least...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Elina S
Reviewed December 7, 2018

This museum gives one an overview of Japanese history, culture and arts. As a foreigner, it helped me understand better and admire more the Japanese culture and way of life. The samurai swords and armors are impressive. There is also a small nice terrace overlooking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Alexandra B
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

The compound includes a great variety of Art and history, which have emerged in different points in time. It is especially recommended to those who wish to learn about Buddhism and literacy. A visit worth making!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hristo L
Reviewed November 28, 2018

DO NOT BUY AN AUDIO GUIDE! The entrance fee is 620 yen and the audio rental is 500yen, but what they don't tell you when you go in is that you can downlaod a FREE audio app onto your phone using their free wifi, bring...More

Date of experience: November 2018
5  Thank Karina K
Reviewed November 21, 2018

We learned history of Japan at school. We still can know the history on the internet.However, the museum is more than that! I saw a lot of Buddhism statues and samurai swords.These are national treasures.When I visited here in November 2018.I saw a lot of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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Dejan P
Tokyo itinerary review for a family (4 Replies)
Hello everybody ! Next week we are finally going on our first trip to Japan. I would appreciate if you could comment and make suggestions/additions/changes on my Tokyo itinerary which I planned for my family of four (two boys 11 + 7). Thanks a lot. Sat 8.04. Tsukiji, Ueno park, Tokyo National Museum, Akihabara, ??? Sun 9.04. Yoyogi park, Harajuku, Ōta Memorial Museum of Art (Ukyo-e museum), Shinjuku, Shibuya Mon 10.04. Kamakura and Enoshima Tue 11.04 Edo-Tokyo museum, Odaiba, ??? Wed...More
April 02, 2017|
Response fromSelsy|
I'm not sure that the Ota Memorial Museum will appeal to children. I think they will get good exposure to Japanese culture and history from the Tokyo National Museum and the Edo Tokyo Museum, so you could drop the Ota Museum from the itinerary.
stylishee
Melbourne, Australia
Need some advice for 6 days to tokyo pls (6 Replies)
I need some advise on the itinerary to Tokyo, Japan in April for 6 days. This is my first trip to Japan. My husband and I are big fans of Japanese manga and we would spend some time visiting the manga museum and places. Also, we have a toddler, under 2 yo coming with us and we try not to over plan our itinerary. My child is a early bird so we will try to get out from our ryokan early in the morning. Day 1 - Morning - Asakusa for senjo-ji temple and shrine, then head to Tokyo National...More
March 02, 2010|
Response fromjetblue09|
Hi stylishee, It might be difficult seeing Kyoto in 1 day traveling from Tokyo. I recommend staying over 1 night. On Day 6, I suggest visiting Harajuku after your visit to Meiji shrine since they are in such close proximity
BonP
Seattle
Itinerary question (3 Replies)
Hi all Tokyo experts, I have spent quite sometime on the 5 days Tokyo itinerary, and thought to share with you to see if it makes sense and if I have hit most of the spots in Tokyo. I will be staying in Yotsuya (East of Shinjuku) and thought will start my 2nd day in Shinjuku, but find out some attractions are better to go at night, so I changed plans to go back at night and now my day 2 looked unorganized. Also I want to see Sumo in Ryogoku, but found out that they have a tournament...More
November 17, 2013|
Response fromhotspot78|
I agree with Elly M. You can do Shibuya on day 4. You only need half a day for Harajuku and Omotesando. From Omotesando/ Harajuku you can walk to Shibuya.