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Tokyo National Museum

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3822-1111
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Good to visit if have time to enjoy arts.

There are five major buildings of arts. Each of them has the theme. The have Japanese, eastern and... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2016
Makoto Y
Nice but not much there...

I've been to a lot of Museums over the years and although this one is generally well presented... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2016
Anthony J
Gold Coast, Australia
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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 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3822-1111
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

There are five major buildings of arts. Each of them has the theme. The have Japanese, eastern and middle east arts Especially the collection of Japanese swords cannot be missed. Buddhism sculptures from Horyuji temple, Nara would be worth to visit. Their back garden is...More

Thank Makoto Y
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I've been to a lot of Museums over the years and although this one is generally well presented, there just doesn't seem to be that much actually there. I found a few items to be of interest such as three sets of Samurai armour and...More

1  Thank Anthony J
Reviewed 29 April 2016

There is a modest fee for entering the museum. It is well stocked but not on the awe inspiring level of for example the British Museum. My son and I visited in March when cherry blossom season was in full swing and there was a...More

Thank MARTYW1971
Reviewed 29 April 2016

The entire museum is uniquely on view with exhibits I could stand and view for hours. A great pity we didn't have time to see all as our visit to Tokyo and Japan was coming to a close. I highly recommend

Thank Ronnie B
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Location is wonderful. Huge amount of National treasures are displayed in gorgeous historical building (built in 1938)Just looking around those buildings might take around 60 minutes. The way of displaying treasures are nice. They prepare copies so that you can touch or feel the weight,...More

Thank Martha-Kaihan
Reviewed 24 April 2016

The museum really does give you a great insight into Japanese culture with an interesting range of displays. Nevertheless, the highlight of my trip to the museum were the beautiful gardens and I recommend having a visit after touring the museum for a while.

Thank Lizzy M
Reviewed 22 April 2016

The quality of the displays, the room set-ups, the ambience, the comfy seats and lounges through-out, the knowledge of the English speaking staff, all combine to make this the one museum you must visit in Tokyo. Very easy to get to from Ueno Station, on...More

Thank O3694EXrita
Reviewed 22 April 2016

The first place you should visit in tokyo is the National Museum.. It is a must see for a traveler. They have prehistoric, samurai, equisite drawings, panels etc. you don't have to like museums but you need a perspective of the Japanese people to enjoy...More

Thank Ken E
Reviewed 22 April 2016

I visit the National Museum every time I visit Tokyo because the various component museums change their displays and reveal an apparently endless supply of delights. Exhibits are especially effective at offering an introduction to Japanese art forms for the visitor to Japan.

Thank John P
Reviewed 21 April 2016

If you want to know how Japan became how it is today, especially the rise of Buddhism, this is the place for you. Also a great place for art and architecture lovers. I saw lots of statues, pottery, tapestry, and swords. Very informational, especially for...More

Thank AlyssaR151
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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10 June 2017|
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Response from bea2504 | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there is english audio guide . May be rented at the entrance. Better to go in the morning to 'catch' one- the english audio guide is in a high demand and the stock is over. Have fun !
29 November 2015|
Response from tabisuki5 | Reviewed this property |
I am not aware of this option, however it certainly might exist. They do have printed guides in many languages (English, French, Chinese, Korean, German), and very well-written tags on each work of art.
6 April 2015|
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Response from lawm | Reviewed this property |
a couple of hours minimum. The shop is great, too, and you can always take a break for lunch or a snack and return refreshed! Too good to miss, so take your time.