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Tokyo National Museum

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3822-1111
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Well worth spending your tourist time on this superb museum...

The Tokyo National Museum is often overlooked particularly by first-time visitors to Japan’s... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gold Coast, Australia
Concentrated Japanese culture!

If you like history and art, this is a must in Tokyo to see the evolution of culture and art in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frank D
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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 1 week ago

The Tokyo National Museum is often overlooked particularly by first-time visitors to Japan’s capital. Understandably so, as Tokyo has much to offer the tourist that the mind boggles. Not unusually, tourists are typically seduced by Tokyo’s bright lights, glitzy attractions and its more bizarre drawcards....More

2  Thank sand2skis
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like history and art, this is a must in Tokyo to see the evolution of culture and art in Japan. The museum is well organized and almost all exhibits have clear descriptions in English. Here the exhibits capture the many districts of Japan...More

Thank Frank D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simply said -- if you are into arts and you are to come to Tokyo -- check what exhibits they have.... if you are into arts, you will like what they offer.... trust me!

1  Thank MarcinDrP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Like to know the history of Japan. Museum has many artifacts collection of statutes and Paintings. Good if you can rent the mobile guide speaker at the ticket entrance explaining to you unless you can read Japanese. A huge museum with 2 floors staring from...More

Thank Isaac L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Tokyo National Museum is a nice museum. It is worth the visit if you have time and are interested in Japanese art. We went to see the Samaurai collection, which was good but rather small. We only toured the main building so I can't...More

Thank fireysunrise
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I only had a bit more than an hour to spare, so opted for a main Honkan building representing Japanese art from ancient times to the 19th century. Impressive collection with some English explanation. English leaflets of the museum and helpful staff available. Free calligraphy...More

1  Thank endis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collection of Tokyo National Museum comprises around 116,000 items, the best collection of cultural properties in Japan in terms of both quality and quantity, including arms and armor, calligraphy, paintings, ceramics, archaeology, decorative arts, costumes, Ukiyo-e, Buddhist sculptures, and Arts of Asia. They are...More

Thank mabei0123
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

A little disappointed as i assumed this would be more to do with outlining the history of japan. It was still interesting but much more on the artey side.

Thank Bobbinson
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Spent 3 hours at the place to see everything. Lots of Japanese and surprisingly Chinese artifacts. However this place actually can accommodate much more. Was lucky to listen life classical music and try on kimono. Very enjoyed it.

Thank Larisa V
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The museum is made with several buildings which would require several hours if you wanna see all of it. We only focus on Honkan Gallery & Horyu-ji treasures hall, and it took us already more than 2 hours. Excellent when it rains :)

Thank BLshanghai
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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27 September 2017|
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Response from pasweet | Reviewed this property |
Slippers are not required. Any time we did need to wear slippers though they were provided.
11 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.