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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

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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Great museum but signage is an issue

This is said to be the oldest and largest museum in Japan and is located within the lovely Ueno Park. It has multiple buildings and we only visited on (Honkan) so we could see a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Balmain, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are visiting Tokio for some days, I would not recommend this place as long as you don't have time to go in deep of all the exposed items. In my view, it is far better to spend a nice walk in surrounding Ueno Park

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Westport, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely overview of Japanese art. Nice collection of pottery, statues, kimonos and art. Older buildings are hot and stuffy. The art is all in glass cases making it difficult to get close. Entry fee reasonable. Expected more from their national museum.

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Balmain, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is said to be the oldest and largest museum in Japan and is located within the lovely Ueno Park. It has multiple buildings and we only visited on (Honkan) so we could see a temporary exhibition of 20 hidden buddhas that dated back to the Heian period (794-1192) that are normally not displayed to the public. Signage between the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I tend to be a museum nerd and love looking at historical artefacts. This was a good rather than great museum, with numerous galleries showing historical artefacts for the Paleolithic period (40,000 yrs ago) to the current day, and including many old relics and more modern items. There is also a general Asian gallery showing artefacts and items from China,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy to spend a couple of hours here. The Highlights of the museum on the 2nd floor are superb, from armour, swords lacquerware, calligraphy, screens, kimonos, paintings. The best of Japanese culture. Only 600 Y entry is cheap for a museum of this calibre. Go for a stroll around the grounds. Don t miss the collections in the other buildings... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall this visit was a good experience. A comprehensive array of items of different time periods and media, set out in a spacious building which made it good to wander and explore the different rooms. Some exhibits were a little dry (pottery section), but as a national museum catering to all and attempting to portray the country's/city's history they do... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The National Museum gives a great overview of Japanese history, and it is an essential place to visit if you want to get a feel for this fascinating country. It is a classical museum,covering archeological treasures all the way up to modern art. The explanations in English are excellent, and it is housed in lovely buildings, which are in themselves... More 

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Risskov, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a museum of national art and gives an idea how things used to be. You will find what one expects to find in a museum like that. Japanese history and art is interesting and beautiful and when you visit the country and Tokyo, you should visit this museum as well :)

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Middlebury, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful museum complex. The exhibit spaces are beautifully crafted; the exhibits thoughtfully mounted. The onsite restaurant is excellent.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-see for those who wish to understand the history of Japan; from their religion development, arts, cultural and weaponry. Being a fan of ninja and samurai, it is an eye-opening experience to have a deeper understanding of their history; from warlords, war heroes, weapons and amours.

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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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