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Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
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+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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Fabulous, old stuff and English descriptions!

Spent 3 hours at these 4 different museums (all in the same compound). Fully english descriptions so it was a very interesting trip. If you like seeing old things (pottery from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent 3 hours at these 4 different museums (all in the same compound). Fully english descriptions so it was a very interesting trip. If you like seeing old things (pottery from 11,000 BC) up until current items this is a great way to spend the afternoon. AND you can take pictures.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gallery is spectacular as a building and as a collection. The entrance is beautiful (with a zen water spot) and the gallery hosts both permanent and temporary collection. We decided for the permanent treasure: Hokusai, statues, kimono, old strolls, great masterpieces are shown to the public. The museum shop is great too. There is also ed educational arra for... More 

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United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Tokyo National Museum is huge and has so much to see, you could spend days here. There are several buildings, special exhibitions were available for an additional fee - we saw Buddhist statues which was beautiful. The Prince Takamado collection netsuke is spectacular, they are toggles used to hold tobacco pouches in place it so intricate and detailed. We... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is an excellent introduction to Japan's art and artifacts. The exhibitions are well laid out without clutter so seeing each item is easy. The arrangement of the museum allows the development of a sense of context. This museum will take hours but it is time well spent. There are parks galleries and other museums in this precinct making... More 

Thank alanloy
Banff National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had a short time to visit here just over an hour. Really well laid out with each room having a different focus. Beautiful cultural artefacts. The museum shop was fabulous as well if looking for a nice momentum. Good for a bit of local culture.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Location: good, walk through Ueno Park which is nice. Fee: reasonable Place: too less information about Japan history but for people who love all the ancient stuff like pottery, copper equipments, households and clothing would be a good place, saw a beautiful garden that not open for public but you can take some photos, souvenir shops got all the same... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We could have spent days at the Tokyo National Museum. We will definitely be coming back . After 3 hours it was sensory overload and we were exhausted. THe sculptures were splendid and generally all the exhibits were excellent. We also throughly enjoyed a performance by Japanese Drummers and a Kabuki group. JUst made our day complete.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is located in the Ueno Park complex, at the far end of the park (near the water feature). They have some fabulous artifacts that date back to the 8th century. I wandered around for several hours taking in the artwork and artifacts. I had to pick only a couple of museums in my limited time in Tokyo and... More 

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East Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was a lot of information at this museum. One part of it was about Japan and the other was about other eastern countries. If you want to learn about Japan only, find out which building to go for or you might get tired before finding the half about Japan.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Tokyo on business in September 2016. I put my free time to good use. The Tokyo National Museum is next to Ueno Park. From the concert hall you walk towards a Starbucks and make a right. You will pass a special exhibit for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Keep going and you will see the museum. The collection... 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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