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Tokyo National Museum

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3822-1111
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Worth seeing!

Definitely a must when you are in Tokio. Great exhibitions, no queues, easy to get to. Worth every... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Marta_MacF
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London, United Kingdom
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Utterly boring

Some nice paintings, a couple of swords and kimonos, but overall a totally boring place. Good thing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
JonDoe04134
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Lidingo, Sweden
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely a must when you are in Tokio. Great exhibitions, no queues, easy to get to. Worth every penny!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Some nice paintings, a couple of swords and kimonos, but overall a totally boring place. Good thing there are seats and it's culturally appropriate to take a nap basically anywhere in Japan. Roads of Arabia? Sorry, but I couldn't care less about the Arab culture...More

Thank JonDoe04134
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nice place for vistor who want to explore janpan culture. Im explore there with local friends.There were some collections of furniture, kimonos etc., however, there was slightly no story behind. The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures is housed in an elegant modern building and the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum was much better than my expectations. They offer audio-guides in english and other languages which makes the visiting still better. The things that are exhibited over ther are amazing and very well organised. I loved the "Japanes Culture" section and "Budism" section. Definitely...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Expectations were high - going to the national museum representing the finest works of an incredible culture, right? But, BORING. What a wasted potential. One of those stiff, boring, static museum experiences. This is no Smithsonian, no Met, no British Museum.

Thank OrangeOrb
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were disappointed in fact that the national museum lacked any information about the recent significant history. It appears that the Japanese prefer not to have any information regarding world war 2. The museum itself needs modernising with technology that always it to interact with...More

1  Thank Jacqueline W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There were some collections of furniture, kimonos etc., however, there was slightly no story behind. Since I prefer museums that are not overcrowded with exhibits the National Museum had just the right amount. The Museum as it is, was nothing special but the inner garden,...More

Thank Marija G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tokyo National Museum is a delight, well worth a visit. This review, however, is to mention that the little food truck to the left of the open air fountain, as you walk past the entry gate, is amazing! It is some of the best...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was amazing. Lots to see and learn about. The exhibits had descriptions in Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, and English. That made it easier to know what you are looking at. Worth it if you are a fan of Japanese history.

1  Thank Daniel D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is advisable to learn about the museum before you visit. There is so much to see that you surely want to know which parts of the exhibits to visit. You will surely enjoy it.

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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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jct263
September 26, 2017|
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Response from pasweet | Reviewed this property |
Slippers are not required. Any time we did need to wear slippers though they were provided.
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lpslps
June 10, 2017|
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Response from bea2504 | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there is english audio guide . May be rented at the entrance. Better to go in the morning to 'catch' one- the english audio guide is in a high demand and the stock is over. Have fun !
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sohjd
November 29, 2015|
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Response from tabisuki5 | Reviewed this property |
I am not aware of this option, however it certainly might exist. They do have printed guides in many languages (English, French, Chinese, Korean, German), and very well-written tags on each work of art.
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