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Tokyo National Museum

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3822-1111
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Rich Art and History

Our visit to Tokyo National Museum was amazingly rewarding. The Japanese national treasures... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington
Buddha statues

I spent a total of about 3 hours just to see all the Buddha statues in the museum! This includes a... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
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13-9 Ueno Park, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit to Tokyo National Museum was amazingly rewarding. The Japanese national treasures displays were very interesting, particularly I was amazed to see the oldest samurai sword.

Thank Colbycol08
Reviewed 3 November 2017

I spent a total of about 3 hours just to see all the Buddha statues in the museum! This includes a 30-minute queue to get into the special exhibit "Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture", which you have to pay extra for. The...More

Thank leejk78
Reviewed 3 November 2017

This is not Louvres or Hermitage but still nice Japanese and Asian collections, worth visiting. 1-2 hours are more than enough.

Thank TX2005
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

This museum had 4 buildings. History and relics from Japan, history and relics from Japan influenced by other Asian countries and a mixed showcase. Every building has over 1 hour of displays and showcases to see. There is arts, artifacts, relics, tools all from Japan...More

Thank victorcyho
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Incredible collection of Japanese art and artifacts, centuries old but well preserved. We only had enough time to tour the Main Gallery, but it took a whole afternoon.

Thank Janice L
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We enjoyed touring in the Museum which is actually a collection of buildings. The variety of items on display was excellent as was the English signage. It's also very affordable

Thank ExcellentAdventures
Reviewed 30 October 2017

I am amazed that some reviewers rate this single National Museum so highly, if you are a regular museum- goer in the likes of Europe/US, you will probably find this collection tediously displayed with little thought to interpretation. There are English labels alongside Japanese but...More

1  Thank smallportions
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

The Tokyo National Museum has a small but interesting collection of “Japanese National Treasures”. The collection provides you with a valuable insight into the political, social, economic and religious influences that have shaped and continue to shape Japanese culture. The museum can easily be toured...More

Thank Timothy R
Reviewed 27 October 2017

If you are only planning on visiting one museum then I suggest this one for a full 'run down' of Japanese cultural history. Yes, it is a bit run down and could do with better curation, however, hits the major highlights.

1  Thank NKelly186338
Reviewed 16 October 2017

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
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.
10 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.