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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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Good Experience & Walk In The Park

Walked here via Uneo park - had a lovely walk all be it very touristy but the museum was a good experience and very worthwhile - unlike many museums in Japan this one is in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Walked here via Uneo park - had a lovely walk all be it very touristy but the museum was a good experience and very worthwhile - unlike many museums in Japan this one is in English as well which it makes it a lot more enjoyable.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

This museum holds the finest collection of Japanese art in the country and tells the story of the history of Japan through its art. The exhibits of pottery, clothing, armor, swords, etc. are exquisite. There are English explanations. This is not to be missed!!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

The Honkan Gallery provides a great summary of the finest examples of Japanese art, including painting, pottery, samurai swords and armour, and fashion (kimonos). Pamphlets and displays provide detailed information in English. Be sure to pick-up the brochure, entitled, "Highlights of Japanese Art," found in room 1-1 on the second floor of the Honkan.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

You could spend several thousand yen to dress in traditional costume for a photo. Or you could get to this museum early, make a booking and do it yourself for free. Okay it's not studio work but most smartphones these days are good enough. It's essential to book as the available slots fill up fast. That done, explore the rest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Really enjoyed the various exhibits from porcelains, to Buddha statues carved centuries ago, to the painted screens, samurai swords and armour, and especially the ukiyoe prints.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Being a big entusiast when it comes to history the National museum of Tokyo was a mandatory visit. It offers not only Japanese items but also Korean, Indian and Chinese. There is lots to see but not to extensive and massive as the Louvre in Paris.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

We had a great time here. Wonderful collection of all manner of antiquities which are beautifully and thoughtfully presented. Stands up well against any of the world's great museums. It's also surprisingly not that busy. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Located at the top/north end of Ueno Park and you can't go wrong with an entry fee of only 620 Yen (around £3.40). Numerous lockers inside to store the likes of rucksacks, that only require a refundable deposit of 100 Yen. You could spending anything from 2-4 hours inside, depending on how thorough you want to be. Probably not a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Nice and not overly big museum. But important part is that the area in Ueno Park has many museums. So its nice way to spend time in the areas museums and Ueno zoo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Located at the far end of the hugely sprawling Ueno Park, this museum has attractions over about 4 floors; because our time was limited we focused on Japanese art over about a 90 minute period. The thing I liked the most was the guides speak excellent English, are very helpful and there are excellent explainations in English on most of... 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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