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Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-3822-1111
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Entrancing stuff, hands-on activities, comfy climate control

This terrific museum features Japanese archaeology from paleolithic times onward, art, arms and armor, objects of daily use and textiles. EXCELLENT ENGLISH translations of major... read more

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This terrific museum features Japanese archaeology from paleolithic times onward, art, arms and armor, objects of daily use and textiles. EXCELLENT ENGLISH translations of major explanatory signs and most of the labels. HANDS-ON activities (Assemble a Terra cotta dog, ring a gong, print a card, heft replica coins, etc.). Good selection of books (Japanese and English), postcards and gifts in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This large complex of buildings is an excellent introduction to Japanese history and art. A very long afternoon can be spent here, be sure to eat prior though as the restaurants in the museum are not very good. The Asian building, located on the right side, a large concrete almost Brutalist building, is an architectural gem. The cantilevered galleries are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Near the Ueno Park, the Tokyo National Museum if a treasure. For 620 yen you can visit this lovely 2 story air-conditioned museum. The museum is closed Mondays and year end holidays. Check their website before you plan on visiting. It is open 9 Am - 5 pm and the last admission is at 4:30 pm. It open until 6... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Remember to wear long pants and long tops and mossy spray I got eaten alive getting from the National Park to the Museum. We went to the Buddha Exhibition which was breathtaking. We wasn't allowed to take pictures but it so worth the trip it was around £7 which 1.000 JY. The gift shop was packed with lots of goodies... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're looking for a place to start understanding Japanese culture this is definitely the right place. Quite a lots of art pieces and artifacts from all the periods of Japanese history presented neatly and in a spacious way!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Some really interesting exhibits but with little background provided in English we found it hard to put the items into context. Whilst it was a good break from the storm I would recommend the edo Tokyo museum instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have to visit one museum in Tokyo, that should be this one! Ukiyo-e, sword, armour, scroll, it will satisfy your hunger for japanese history, art and culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Rainy in Tokyo but so many museums to see. The National has several buildings but the new Honku is a gem. This contains the Treasures of Nara, first capital of Japan , from 7th century. I also visited the archaeology collection, which I felt could be improved by limiting the number of items. The main collection was more of a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Calling it the national museum really hyped it up for me, in comparison to any of the western national museums, it was a disappointment. Was very small and had very little about Japanese history, which is the reason we went. A nice art collection though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful museum... you can see a part of the Japanese a history, sculpture, dresses, samurai history. Enjoy it... it's amazing!!

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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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