Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum
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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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Neighborhood: 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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  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 stars
    Overall, a definitive museum. I only visited the Japanese gallery and architectural hall but even that felt very comprehensive. There are some truly exquisite objects on display: statues, art, pottery, and swords. It offers a wonderful contrast to the metropolitan and postwar feel of Tokyo. The staff were helpful, entrance for university students was dirt cheap, and I found the curation was strong. It is also right near the train station! I would strongly recommend coming here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Michael
    Irvine, California
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A treasure collecting facility
    This facility collects lots of treasures from all over the world, and it also provides a very close distance with some of the collections which gives visitors another feeling while viewing the ancient treasures. It's located in Ueno Park so with lots traffic options around the area. Walking would be necessary so a pair of comfortable shoes would be necessary for the visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Rodman100
    Wellington, New Zealand
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    National musuem
    Well worth a visit, the entrance fee is 1,000 yen (free to under 18 and over 60). The museum covers 3 buildings, where the main one covers Japanese history with kimono's, paintings and folding screens,lacquerware, arms and armour including samurai swords from the 12th and 13th century which are in pristine condition. The other 2 buildings are the Asian gallery which includes artifacts from around the world and the Japanese archaeology exhibits
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Emi
    Auckland, New Zealand
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit, informative museum.
    I had a lot of fun at this museum. Very informative and well laid out museum with display explanations in different languages which makes it helpful for visitors of different countries. Excellent and helpful staff. The special exhibitions were also very interesting.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Anne S
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting Museum
    Went here on a rainy day. Plenty of exhibits which had descriptions in English. We felt there was not much variety and were basically pottery, sculptures or armoury. We skimmed the surface and were there for a couple of hours. We saw some fascinating objects and would definitely recommend it for a rainy day.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Kelsey P
    San Rafael, California
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool museum with a lot of history
    This is a really cool museum inside a beautiful park. We only went to the Honkan building - it has a lot of art and artifacts starting from the earliest signs of civilization to the present day. The highlights were the swords, samurai effects, kimonos, and woodblocks. They also have some fun interactive exhibits where you can make your own postcards with stamps. The signs say that they rotate some of the art and clothes to match the seasons, so it seems like you could go again and see different works!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2024
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum
    I liked this museum a lot. It has 20 rooms on two floors with each room dedicated to a specific topic. The museum is very well laid out and it’s easy to breeze through the rooms you’re not interested while spending more time in others. English signage was common. They had a special exhibit for Edo Castle while we were there. We didn’t visit but the lines were extremely long. A great place to visit along the other sights of Ueno Park.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
  • berend
    San Diego, California
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love it or Leave it
    You'll either love it or hate it depending on your preferences. If you like art (calligraphy, drawings), swords, samurai and kimono dress, laquerware, porcelain...then you'll like this museum. If that doesn't appeal to you, skip it. Tickets, you can purchase from a kiosk/vending machine OR go to a ticket counter for personalized service. Seniors, ask about discounts.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Shannon
    Suva, Fiji
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational
    Excellent museum large exhibition halls with great content and sufficient resting benches. Easily could spend an entire day here if you had enough time. It's made up of just two floors but as mentioned earlier spaces are huge. The ordinary ticket didn't have a queue only the special exhibition had a 30 metre queue when visited on a Sunday. Museum grounds are impressive also with sakuras and food trucks. Recommended.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2024
  • Olga B
    London, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum
    Great place to visit. Not overcrowded. This is the oldest and largest museum. I could be wrong. It is not far from the art museum, the Ueno park, Ueno Zoo and also a science museum. It is a stop shop. When the weather is great you can sit around the fountain and relax. I will recommend this place as you get options. I did not take a lot of pics. But enjoyed my experience there.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 18, 2024
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MomRocco
Chicago, IL
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Once more bad traffic and problems parking our tour bus gave us only 45 minutes to visit this museum which is a shame. Our tour guide rushed us through some of the exhibits of textiles and gear worn by the Samurai and then told us that the museum had one of the best gift shops on the tour and sent us on our way. It was exceedingly hot and stuffy in the museum and the gift shop, while equally uncomfortable at least had some fans. There were only 3 cashiers on duty and when I got in line with my purchases there were at least 15 people ahead of me. I thought I'd go back to the museum on the extra days we had scheduled in Tokyo, but we just never got to it.
Written May 24, 2024
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Rodman100
Wellington, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Well worth a visit, the entrance fee is 1,000 yen (free to under 18 and over 60). The museum covers 3 buildings, where the main one covers Japanese history with kimono's, paintings and folding screens,lacquerware, arms and armour including samurai swords from the 12th and 13th century which are in pristine condition. The other 2 buildings are the Asian gallery which includes artifacts from around the world and the Japanese archaeology exhibits
Written October 28, 2023
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chowso
Gloucester, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We tried to go here on a Saturday which was a mistake as the queue was huge to get in. We went back on a rainy day, first thing, and the queue was already substantial. I think it makes sense to book tickets in advance if you know when you are visiting.

This is one of those museums that you could spend a good half or full day in. The collections are pretty vast and interesting if you like relics and artifacts from foreign cultures. We spend a few hours here while it poured down outside. If if hadn't been raining we would have spent even longer as the gardens looked very nice.

There are some private collection pieces that you can't photograph - the guards will stop you and ask you to delete the photos. You also can't take any water around the gallery.

The sword collection here was good and better than the sword museum in Ryugoku in our opinion. The archaeological wing was really fascinating and I also loved the pottery. As time went on the museum got busier and busier so I'm glad we got there early and saw the bits that we really wanted to see before the crowds. When we left the queue had probably tripled.
Written April 27, 2024
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Ralph Wilhelm
Carmel, IN
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The Tokyo National Museum was a totally pleasant and informative surprise. Suggest reserving tickets ahead of time due to interest; we went on last day of Golden Week and the crowd was quite low early in the day. Breath-taking view of Japan's history, the shogun period, the various emperors, outstanding shogun "outfits" and swords, terrific art. Well laid out and all artifacts labeled in English, Japanese, and Korean. We only spent three hours, but could have spent three days. Will have to make time to revisit and do more. If you are in the Tokyo area and have at least half a day, recommend highly. Please can take pictures of much of the collection...except a few artifacts that are clearly labelled as photography prohibited. Recommend this highly. But also suggest that good shoes and ability to walk a few miles is a huge help, but also a number of seats and benches around so that you can take a break when needed. P.S. wonderful museum store with very classy pictures, artifacts, screens and other things. Truly classy.
Written May 6, 2024
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ORTravelMom
Eugene, OR
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We arrived on a very rainy day. We were delighted to be pulled out of the line by staff since we were with a minor child, and moved to the front of the line! After paying for our entrance fee, we checked out a few buildings. The main building had an impressive collection of Buddhist statues, swords and other armament, as well as a large lounge area with drink vending machines. Many families brought their own snacks or lunches. There are also small lockers for backpacks/purses.
The building past the main one and to the left contains rotating exhibits on the second floor and the first floor has items from a much older period such as pottery and jewelry.
Written March 31, 2023
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AK95
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We came here and there was a special exhibition on so the queues to get in were very long! The museum is good if you’ve interest in it but on the day we went we were so tired and there was a lot of information. Parts of the museum were very interesting but I didn’t have an interest to a lot of it. That’s purely down to interest though and not the museum. The museum was very reasonably priced also.
Written April 6, 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I liked this museum a lot. It has 20 rooms on two floors with each room dedicated to a specific topic. The museum is very well laid out and it’s easy to breeze through the rooms you’re not interested while spending more time in others. English signage was common.

They had a special exhibit for Edo Castle while we were there. We didn’t visit but the lines were extremely long.

A great place to visit along the other sights of Ueno Park.
Written March 19, 2024
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Michael K
Munster, Germany
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Interesting, but by far not as great as we thought. Presentation of the items is quite old fashioned. However, some of the artifacts are very impressive and give an impression of the high level of craftsmanship in historic Japan. 1.5 hours is in our view sufficient, maximum 2 hours.
Written March 8, 2023
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ege
Illinois
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very underwhelming, though admission cost is reasonable.

Only hall worth visiting is the 东洋馆 or Asia Exhibition Hall, which is essentially the "Where We Put Some of the Nice Stuff We Took From China" Hall. The "collection" here are comparably much more exquisite in detail and artisanship than the stuff in the National Hall.

Unless you really need to check the box off a list of museums to visit, this place ain't worth your time.
Written January 6, 2024
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Overall, a definitive museum. I only visited the Japanese gallery and architectural hall but even that felt very comprehensive. There are some truly exquisite objects on display: statues, art, pottery, and swords. It offers a wonderful contrast to the metropolitan and postwar feel of Tokyo. The staff were helpful, entrance for university students was dirt cheap, and I found the curation was strong. It is also right near the train station! I would strongly recommend coming here.
Written July 2, 2023
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