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Tokyo National Museum

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3822-1111
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Please do not miss the Hooryuuji Treasures and the current Unkei exhibition

Truely amazing arts. The building is Tokyo retro even the black phones. The displays are just as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Full of amazing cultural treasures!

Although the museum is small compared to its Roman or Parisian counterparts, it's still full of a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Xiamen, China
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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

Truely amazing arts. The building is Tokyo retro even the black phones. The displays are just as artistic as the arts themselves. Also very nice that most people are quietly observing art (even in super crowded Unkei exhibition) Very nice that few are taking photos...More

Thank newyorkscuba400
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the museum is small compared to its Roman or Parisian counterparts, it's still full of a wide range of impressive artwork. With several other museums just steps away, consider visiting this museum in tandem with the other museums of Ueno Park.

Thank david p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

People were surprised when i told them that i spent a whole day at the museums when i was at Tokyo. But then again, i'm a museum person and i enjoyed myself thoroughly! i went to two - the Tokyo National Museum and the Museum...More

Thank Mun Onn L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The nice thing is that they kind of have their history in a timeline. Beautiful artifacts. Not worth waiting for the free guides though, even though, they are super nice, they're level of English is too insufficient to follow and understand.

Thank Nazami1990
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Compare this place to the British museum or the Smithsonian? The place is run done and needs air conditioning even on just a warm day. Cannot say I thought 'Oh wow!' once. Wasn't cheap ¥1600 British and Smithsonian are free! A bit of creativity and...More

1  Thank Luke C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't do many museums in Japan because we wanted to really experience living, not the past but we were told we had to see this place. I am so glad we spend the small admittance & wandered this incredible museum. So many interesting pieces...More

Thank Julian D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is sad. It is run down, dark, and poorly curated. Believe it or not, the audio guide is even worse. It was an unfortunate waste of time in a fantastic city.

2  Thank Philippe L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in history and arts you should visit this place. It is a huge museum and there are lot of things to see. My personal favorite was Japanese sword (Tachi & Katana) & the Japanese artwork. You can take pictures of most...More

Thank vdey87
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a museum made of different structures,in every structure we can find different kind of art and moment of the Japanese history, absolutely recommended

Thank nether D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit coincided with "Respect for the elderly" day which is a holiday in Japan with free entry to the museum. That meant it was extremely busy. The highlight for us was the terracotta figures but other exhibits were interesting and gave some background to...More

Thank pttbw
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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26 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.