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Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3822-1111
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00

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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Time-line display of artifacts, era by era. Easy to follow and well summarized. Highly recommend to those who have interested in Japanese history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The breadth of art is significant: textiles and clothing, pottery, painting, manuscripts, armor, and more. As an introduction, the exhibits in residence can be scanned in a few hours. Come back for a more in depth visit to focus on specific interests or a guest exhibit. Admission is very reasonable, but expected to pay a bit more for the traveling... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has an excellent collection of items: samurai swords, utensils used in tea ceremonies, Buddhist items etc. A good place to learn about Japanese culture and history. I think it's a must visit place for visitors who are really interested in Japan. We were looking at the exhibits in the garden ( by the way another set of interesting exhibits) and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting exhibition. On Friday and Saturday it is open till 8pm, however audioguide is available only till 5pm :(. Not too many information in english, but great anyway.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great museum. With some really great pieces. Statues. Swords. Art. Scrolls. Armour. Gives you a good insight to the Japanese history. Also includes some pieces from around Asia (like India). Great value for money too. Around 720yen I think. The newest gallery was great. All those statues in individual cases.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to revisit and understand the history and heritage of the Japanese people. A lot of display showcased. They also have special exhibition that you have to pay extra so you can view it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as big as the Met or the Louvre, but has a world class collection of Japanese art. A definite must-see on a trip to Tokyo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right near Umeo station and set within a large park with other museums and attractions. The National Museum is a collection of several buildings showcasing primarily Japanese and Asian items. When we visited, there was a large exhibit of Chinese Buddhist artifacts which was very interesting. Enjoyed the Egyptian and Iranian sections as well. The Japanese exhibits were very well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great museum with plenty of exhibits covering a broad range of subjects on Japan. Photography is allowed unless otherwise indicated and the class of exhibits is excellent. It is easy to navigate and not overly crowded. Some of the exhibits are rotated so that the articles in the archives get to be seen now and again by... 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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