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National Museum of Western Art

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Address: 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito 110-0007, Tokyo Prefecture
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Some nice painting

If you like old paintings of Dutch and Italian painters go check it out. Not really mindblowing pieces but still good for a few hours of relaxed views.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like old paintings of Dutch and Italian painters go check it out. Not really mindblowing pieces but still good for a few hours of relaxed views.

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Kitanakagusuku-son, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I visited this museum, 11 years ago, when we were exchange students. I wanted a taste of "home" since I'm living on Okinawa and I grew up on "western art" in the States. They had a "movie" in Japanese that I highlighted various pieces of the collection. It was rather comforting to see Rome, Paris, and Monet's Giverny, as I've... More 

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Bankstown, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm not an art fan but the thing I saw there was amazing! The museum consists of 2floorsx2buildings. It is a perfect place for art lovers or even couples. Entry fee is not expensive and it is completely worth it.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a great way to relax if you're tired of the crowds of Tokyo, especially on an evening when the museum closes late. Great selection of artwork.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

The National Museum of Western Art is one of the several museums in Ueno Park. I went there in the afternoon on a weekday. It's quite crowded with the majority of the visitors being Japanese. Maybe it's because the main building designed by Le Corbusier is one of the seventeen works by the Swiss architecture listed as UNESCO World Heritage... More 

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Washingtonville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

While there are definitely "better" museums devoted to western art, this one in Tokyo is certainly a worthwhile visit given one understands it is a "mid-size" museum that shouldn't be compared to some of the greats in the West. Still, it is a super visit. The story of the museum's initial collection (the Matsukata Collection) is both inspiring and rather... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

The museum of western art is a good location to check you if you find yourself in the Ueno area. Make sure to check out the zoo nearby with panda bears.

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East Moline, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Western art, here is includes Spanish and French which is different from many of the museums in the states.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

The building is now an UN heritage site. It's worth mentioning that there are also lots of Rodin's sculptures in front of the museum. You definitely can enjoy these sculptures without entering the museum. I strongly recommend you should visit here if you love western arts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

I do not expect that I will find the sculpture The Thinker here. An interesting experience! Outside the museum, there are some interesting sculptures. I bought tickets to the regular exhibition (admission not until 1000 yen), I found the paintings masterpieces of Monet, Gauguin, Cezanne, Picasso and many 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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