Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo

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Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan

Phone: +81-338221111

Ticket Price: 600 JPY

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

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The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest museum in Japan. It was built in 1872 in the Ueno Garden. This museum has a vast breadth of artifacts from different periods of history in Japan. From Buddhism to Samurai to Noh (traditional theater), they have art and sculpture to leave you mesmerized. Not just history but modern art also has a special place at the museum. The museum is divided into section related to potter, the art of sword-making and sculpture among others. They have artifacts from around Asia that have influenced Japan and Japanese culture on the whole. A section on native ancient history is also a wonderful treasure. They also have short exhibitions with traveling exhibits to showcase different eras of history. Japan is an old culture and visit to this museum will grant you a new perspective into the lives of the Japanese.

Explore Tokyo National Museum and many other attractions like Sensoji Temple in this Tokyo itinerary 4 days.

Tokyo National Museum Information

  • Dress in semi-formals. Do not wear loud colours or jewelry as it can disturb other patrons.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because standing for long periods of time is expected.
  • They do have a souvenir shop to buy gifts.
  • This place is closed on Mondays.

Tokyo National Museum Opening and Closing Hours

  • Last entry is at 4:30pm.

How To reach Tokyo National Museum by Public Transport

  • Train: Keihintouhokulin- Uguisudani Station 
  • Train: JR Yamanote Line – for Ikebukuro / for Ueno

Restaurants Near Tokyo National Museum

  • Restaurant Museuon
  • Honjin Soba
  • Kinmochisho

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  • This museum is just massive. It has a great collection of art, particularly ancient Japanese art, to be sure but I found that most of the exhibits were pretty repetitive from building to building. There's also a very structured path that you can't deviate from, at all, so it's not like you can meander around and "discover" things: everything is (almost too) clearly laid out for you to simply absorb as you walk along. Go to the main building and go through the second and first floors for an excellent overview of Japanese art history and craftsmanship. If you like what you see and want more depth go ahead and visit the other buildings but otherwise feel free to leave and I, personally, don't think you'll be missing much.

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  • Contains an incredible collection of Japanese cultural treasures of all kinds and eras, in a beautiful old Western-style building. Was busy on the day I went but not crowded, and I could comfortably view everything I wanted to. Highly recommended for museum lovers.

  • A little bit expensive but there is an incredible array of beautiful artefacts to see. There are lockers to store your bags which just require 100¥ which is returned after. Very busy but the staff are very helpful and the gardens are beautiful.

  • Four buildings displaying a selection on Japanese and Asian art. The exhibited collection changes frequently so you may not find what you were looking for. Bottom line, I would say it's a correct panorama on Japanese art. Visit only if you have a few hours to spare.

  • Not as well curated, organized or maintained as The Met, Art Institute, Louvre or the British Museum. Great place to have a stroll in the spring and fall.

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