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Tokyo National Museum
Ranked #4 of 291 things to do in Taito
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Owner description: 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.
South Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Loved it”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

We walked through Ueno Park taking lots of photographs along the way. The Museum itself is beautifully presented. If you like Japanese woodcut prints, old Japanese weaponry and armour then you will love this place. I found even the latter items a beautiful artform and each piece told a story of Japanese history.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“good for dead people”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

sorry - I wanted to enjoy it - we paid to get in - but the first room on the right was dim lighting, I had trouble reading anything, and I was bored before we got twenty feet - we proceeded on, and it got worse from there - mostly old bits of pots, metal and clothing and some old paintings - the highlight was 2 or 3 suits of samurai armor which kept my attention for at least a minute - thankfully there was a seating area halfway around before I died of boredom.

Most other visitors seemed to be old retired people - it was nice and quiet so probably ideal for them to reminisce about the past and consider their impending consignment to history.

Putting a positive spin on it - the ?Heisian Building on the left coming in the entrance was closed for renovations, so that may have held something interesting - I won't know as I'm unlikely to be back. And visible from rear windows of the main building was a nice traditional garden which may have been nice for a stroll, but we were both so enervated after the museum we had to sit down on a bench on the way out to recover some energy.

Across the road in Ueno Park was full of life, so that's a place I'd recommend for the living.

Sorry to not love this 'significant' museum - but it just didn't work for me - and I'm an old guy with a degree and interest in history !

Visited October 2012
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Spring, Texas
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“A great museum in the park”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

An excellent museum. There are several buildings w/different exhibits. They have artifacts dating back to the beginning of organized civilization in Japan and the progression of that to the present day. To go though the many rooms, and read about everything (good English explanations everywhere), usually takes 2-4 hours. Be sure to allot enough time to it b/c it is definitely worth the vist.

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sydney
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“Interesting”
Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

Interesting museum. Lots of art, swords, pottery etc.
English information on the exhibits was rather limited.
Would not rush back.
If you're not really into museums and just trying to get a feel for the culture and history, probably worth a visit.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Very small”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Limited exhibits and mostly closed for ages on end. Some good things to see but a disappointing museum considering the rich history of the country. Still, if your big on the culture you should go.

Visited June 2012
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