Tokyo National Museum

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-338221111
  • Ticket Price: 600 JPY
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museums, History Museums, Family And Kids, Sculpture

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.

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  • 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.

  • Last entry is at 4:30pm.

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

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  • Tokyo National Museum Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan
  • Tokyo National Museum Contact Number: +81-338221111
  • Tokyo National Museum Timing: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • Tokyo National Museum Price: 600 JPY
  • Time required to visit Tokyo National Museum: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 66.29% of people who visit Tokyo include Tokyo National Museum in their plan

  • 61.61% of people start their Tokyo National Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Tokyo National Museum

Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday

52.75% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tokyo National Museum

People normally club together Ueno Park and Edo- Tokyo Museum while planning their visit to Tokyo National Museum.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • As someone who is not familiar with Japanese culture, I found this museum interesting but not spectacular. Some of the pieces considered to be most precious are artistic milestones from early Japanese painting, which is academic, but not especially visually impressive. A couple of the items were long scrolls of Japanese calligraphy, with impressive detail and skill, but not beautiful. I was most attracted to an ancient pictured manuscript with instructions for the medical care of horses and several Buddhas.

  • Really affordable ticket. Half the Japanese building was closed and it wasn't clearly highlighted even when you got inside. The building itself is beautiful. If you don't have much time in Tokyo I would recommend not visiting here unless there is something in particular you are interested in seeing and even at that make sure it is actually on display before heading out to the museum.

  • The Tokyo National Museum is very well put together. Each of the sections are accommodating for English speakers, and they offer plenty of context as to help fully explain what it is you're looking at. Very clean and well kept, it was one of the nicer museums I've visited.

  • Asian treasures spread out over a number of different buildings. Displays are nicely arranged. Set aside some time if you want to visit thoroughly.

  • Reasonable size. Plenty of space between the displays and frequent place to sit. There is a dedicated Museum app and it worked well, it knew what room I was in and played the appropriate information. To improve, there could be more information. I don't know much about Japan's history and could have done with some context next to the artifact.

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