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Tokyo National Museum

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3822-1111
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Fantastic museum on par with the Smithsonian?

My wife and I enjoyed a brilliant afternoon at the Tokyo National Museum. It has a broad spectrum... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Taylor C
Forest Hills, New York
via mobile
Good overall museum

Bring your Tokyo handy guide to get a 100 yen discount! There are three museum buildings and we... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Santa Rosa, California
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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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  • Average12%
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13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3822-1111
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a brilliant afternoon at the Tokyo National Museum. It has a broad spectrum of Japanese artifacts and others from mainland Asia. Unlike a lot of places the signs are in English so you can keep up with the dialogue. I...More

1  Thank Taylor C
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Bring your Tokyo handy guide to get a 100 yen discount! There are three museum buildings and we only made it to the main one. It is the oldest national museum in Tokyo and does a nice job of documenting the highlights of Japanese art...More

2  Thank revett2016
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Please rent the audio guide. It is based in iPhone and uses the GPS function of the phone to automatically select the proper audio accordingly with the exhibit rooms. The Guide is not only talking. Also shows several pictures and even some interactive media in...More

1  Thank Bernardo S
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

I went here with my mother and we have traveled the world together from the British museum to museums in Germany, France, Egypt, etc and our guide told us that the rest of the buildings mimicked other countries' exhibits so we skipped all of the...More

1  Thank Anastasia G
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This museum represents the history of Japan which goes back a long time. The museum has a collection of more than 115.000 items which are impossible to display or to visit in 1 day. We walked through the main building to enjoy many letters, window...More

Thank Robert-Jan1972
Reviewed 1 July 2017

A must-see for history lovers but a bit on the dry side for kids. Lots to see and you'll love all that's housed here especially if you stop in on a rainy day. Lovely museum.

Thank Indigo_Scott
Reviewed 30 June 2017

It has several buildings and a lot of artefacts. However, the main attraction is the collection of swords. You may take some mental preparation to read the background of it.

Thank fuadomar
Reviewed 30 June 2017

We visited this museum on our last day in Japan. The detailed history of Japan's culture was very interesting and the interactive displays were fun and informative.

Thank Emma D
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Not a being much of a museaum kind of person I was not entirely thrilled when my wife told me we were going, however being a very rainy day in Tokyo I begrudgingly tagged along. I was pleasantly suprised by the entire experience. The place...More

Thank PeterParkersburg
Reviewed 26 June 2017

This is an older museum and has some interesting displays. The sword display shows you how various sword shapes evolved throughout Japan. The museum in Kyushu has a much better layout and displays. It is a train ride south of Fukuoka. The Ueno museum would...More

Thank rp-yp
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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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.
7 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.