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Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
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This famous museum houses the largest collection of Japanese artifacts and...

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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We had a short but satisfying visit to this museum in Ueno Park. We especially wanted to see the scroll paintings and woodcuts. We were able to see pretty much everything on the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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179 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a short but satisfying visit to this museum in Ueno Park. We especially wanted to see the scroll paintings and woodcuts. We were able to see pretty much everything on the second floor, including some weapons and armor. It makes a good introduction to Japan's traditional fine art and decorative arts

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing museum extremely well set out . Art works, beautiful silk screens together with many other artifacts and archeological specimens from different dynasties . With the bonus of the surrounding gardens and parkland .

Thank Ruth4867
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The TNM covers all the major periods of Japanese history, with a strong slant to the Edo (and earlier) periods. The range of cultural items on display is diverse - from religious items, Meiji-period artwork (when Japanese artists were exposed to Western art forms) to formal court dress and the almost obligatory samurai armour and weapons. A large museum, but... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2017

It gets really crowded so go as soon as it opens. It's free to people over 70 years old. You will line up to purchase tickets then line up to get in. Once we were inside, it was relaxing. We mixed every other day with cultural outings since there's so much to do in the Tokyo area. This was a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Lots of cultural treasures to be sure. I found the museum easier to appreciate after I rented the audio set in the main building. There's a lovely little garden out-back with tea houses, water features and such. I think I enjoyed that even more. So little time, so much to see.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Loved this amazing museum! We didnt bother getting a museum pass, as we spent all day here and still didn't see it all. Note there are limited eating spots for lunch once you are in the museum grounds. Best options were the food trucks that show up near the front gate around lunch. Be sure to view the National Treasues... More 

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dayton, oh
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Tokyo is a huge city with lots of things to see and do, but we wanted to carve out some time for their National Museum to see the treasures of this nation. The museum has three buildings, with a large Asian collection as well as Japanese artifacts. With the limited time we had, we wanted to focus on the uniquely... More 

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Irvine, California, United States
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is a nice museum that has a lot of different Japanese artifacts in it, the actual samurai swords and armor is something that should not be missed. The central garden is also I think a very splendid place to relax, just make sure to bring your walking shoes.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

I thought art by Hokusai in the Tokyo National Museum would be a given in the same way you expect Rembrandt at the Rijks, but it's not! That aside, there are some great art works here and it's worth a visit if you can handle the crowds.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This museum wasn't the best I've ever been to, but it still has many interesting and high quality things to see. Neither is it too overwhelming - we went to the highlights of Japanese art gallery on the second floor of the main building, the themed galleries on the first floor and the archaeological wing. There were a couple more... More 

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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 sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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