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Tokyo National Museum

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A must for art lovers

A large exhibition of Japanese art from ancient times to our days. Leave your bag in a smallish... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Elina S
Helsinki, Finland
Excellent museum. It helps one understand better the Japanese culture

This museum gives one an overview of Japanese history, culture and arts. As a foreigner, it helped... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alexandra B
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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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13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-0007, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3822-1111
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All reviews japanese art main building national museum on display several buildings ueno park samurai swords different buildings special exhibition nice collection english explanations audio guide two floors couple of hours rainy day few hours worth a visit
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A large exhibition of Japanese art from ancient times to our days. Leave your bag in a smallish coinlocker, you don't want to carry it with you, trust me. However, you might need a scarf as the museum can be a bit chilly (at least...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Elina S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum gives one an overview of Japanese history, culture and arts. As a foreigner, it helped me understand better and admire more the Japanese culture and way of life. The samurai swords and armors are impressive. There is also a small nice terrace overlooking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Alexandra B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The compound includes a great variety of Art and history, which have emerged in different points in time. It is especially recommended to those who wish to learn about Buddhism and literacy. A visit worth making!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hristo L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

DO NOT BUY AN AUDIO GUIDE! The entrance fee is 620 yen and the audio rental is 500yen, but what they don't tell you when you go in is that you can downlaod a FREE audio app onto your phone using their free wifi, bring...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Karina K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We learned history of Japan at school. We still can know the history on the internet.However, the museum is more than that! I saw a lot of Buddhism statues and samurai swords.These are national treasures.When I visited here in November 2018.I saw a lot of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MarkT4358
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located at the top of Ueno Park this is a very large museum and is worth a visit to get a real appreciation of Japanese history and culture. My time was limited so only got to see a portion of worth I wanted to see...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank E9706FNpaulo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice ride down the history of Japan but somehow lacks the narrative that you find in Korea National museum. The curators have made it into a broader than a deeper experience. But a great source of discovering Japanese culture that had evolved through ages....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank soulstirrings
Reviewed 7 November 2018

We really enjoyed the National Museum, especially the gallery with prints and kimonos. All of the galleries gave individual objects space in which they could be enjoyed with the minimum of distraction. There is not a huge number of objects on display, unlike some the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter C
Reviewed 3 November 2018

Do stop by here after the visit at the zoo. Good souvenir choices as well and you can post postcards from here.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank h2783
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

This is a must visit when you’re in Tokyo. Packed with history and artefacts from the past. Could spend the whole day looking at the most beautiful and intriguing items on display.

Date of experience: February 2018
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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
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