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Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
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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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Great Place to Learn Japan's History

I'm not good at historical knowledge, but when I visit this museum, I feel mesmerized by their presentation, anything there was amazing and made me want to learn the history of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not good at historical knowledge, but when I visit this museum, I feel mesmerized by their presentation, anything there was amazing and made me want to learn the history of Japan more and more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent 500 yen and rented the English audio tour before we began our 3 hour visit to the Japanese National Museum. Thank goodness for the audio tour as nothing is in a language other than Japanese. Interesting tour with some rooms that I found interesting and other rooms that were so boring, rooms filled with calligraphy with no translations... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At every place we go to, we make sure to visit the national museum. This one did not disappoint! Japan has very rich culture and this was thoroughly displayed in the museum's various parts. My favorites were the parts showing shoguns and samurai, the arts section with various displays of kimono designs and the literature section with actual excerpts of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has several buildings, and for a good understanding of Japan's history and cultural development, you owe it to yourself to visit all of them. Spend the better part of day. There are places to eat, the museum's located in a beautiful park, and you'll leave with a good sense of how Japan developed over the millennia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a history buff so the museum is going to have to be really underwhelming for me to give it a bad review. All periods of Japanese history are covered extensively. Other Asian countries are also covered. Not much for western art/history but wasn't looking for it either.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have time for only one museum in Tokyo, that should be the one. Its worth getting an Audio Guide to learn more about the exihibition.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most visible pavilion of museum - the main building - contained the most important exhibits but really could have used more space. But make sure you visit the other pavilions - including the Asian gallery (with some excellent Chinese exhibits) It is particularly easy to miss the modern and elegant Hōryū-ji Hōmotsukan ( Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures) with its... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We weren't sure what to expect our even what ticket to buy , as soon as we got there we saw a lineup for tickets but that was for a special exhibit . We just had time to go to the main museum . Lots to see and well laid out .mwe spent three hours there but it would take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館) Nearest train station is Ueno Station 上野駅 . Distance about 15 to 20 mins Do take note on thier operation hour. Some museums does not open on monday. This museum does not display themes such as post war , world war two , modern japan . It is more on Edo period , japan history ,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had super some cool exhibits, most were a bit boring though (pollination exhibit). Overall, well worth the 620 yen. Everything was in Japanese so you had to guess what most exhibits were demonstrating

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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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