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National Museum of Western Art

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito 110-0007, Tokyo Prefecture
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Tue - Thu 09:30 - 17:30
Fri 09:30 - 20:00
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Divine collection of wonderful art

Fabulous paintings and sculptures from 15th to 20th century. A ROOMFUL of Monets ! It was wonderful to visit,as the last time I headed for Tokyo it was on the day of the tsunami... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2013

Fabulous paintings and sculptures from 15th to 20th century. A ROOMFUL of Monets ! It was wonderful to visit,as the last time I headed for Tokyo it was on the day of the tsunami/ earthquake in 2011, and all attractions were closed. Avoid the weekends,when there are massive queues. also closed Mondays. Currently showing a special exhibition of Raphael et... More 

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Reviewed 3 May 2013 via mobile

The building is pretty easy to find in Ueno park. The outside may seem dissapointing for architecture buffs, but the inside is fantastic. A good selection of work in the permanent collection and some big names in the special exhibits. Very good price concessions for tickets.

Thank Jacob N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2013

A dozen or so Monets, some very good, and a single van gogh of a rose. You can photograph most of them.

Thank Coltbridge
Anchorage, Alaska
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329 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2013

Nice museum with many european paintings in there collection, such as Monet, Renoir, and many old masters. Even a Jackson Pollock. Went there to see Rafael which was very nice.

Thank gabriellap
Kita-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2013

If you are interested in arts, it's good place to go! but Its maybe too big when its crowded so you should not take so much time to see everything.

Thank fumi3japan
Wollongong, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2013

Lots of advertising for an El Greco exhibition, 50 paintings, which is an exhibition not to miss. Arrived over the public holiday weekend and the gallery is closed for refurb. There was nothing about the closure at tourist info and lots of people turning up for the exhibition and very disappointed. Given that this was a sell out in Osaka... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2013

Ueno Park is an enjoyable excursion while in Tokyo. We were there during a weekend, and there were lots of locals out on a sunny day. The National Museum of Western Art provides an interesting and relaxing break. The Le Corbusier building proves an interesting setting for the art, featuring mid-twentieth century design. While the art collection is not extensive,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

It's a plus that you don't have to pay to see everything as Rodin's work is on display outside of the museum and you are allowed to take pictures of it and with it. Also you can enter the museum and only have to pay for some of the display areas which was wonderful since I didn't have to pay... More 

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Reviewed 5 January 2013

The National Museum of Western Art is housed in a beautiful, purpose built building. It is not a huge or sophisticated collection, but it has nice variety and several high quality works. It has a some excellent impressionist paintings including a lovely "Water Lilies" by Monet, a beautiful "Yellow Irises" by the same artist, a breathtaking little "Roses" by Van... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

All that Japanese art can bog you down if your an art lover. I am not an art lover and while I enjoyed the exhibit, I found myself missing the Japanese period art.

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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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