Tokyo National Museum

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  • 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 Museum, History Museum, Family And Kids, Sculpture

Tokyo National Museum - Review

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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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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TripHobo Highlights for Tokyo National Museum

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Tokyo National Museum

  • 95% of people who visit Tokyo include Tokyo National Museum in their plan

  • 54.63% 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 Thursday

67.8% 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

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Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Reviews

  • The museum was filled with national treasures and extremely valuable cultural artifacts. It seemed that most of them were the original and not replicas. While my girlfriend and I only had about 4 hours to spend here, we easily could have spent 6 or 7. Before going there, I'd highly recommend bringing snacks/food if you're staying an extended amount of time since there is not much food there and is really expensive. There are plenty of free storage cubicles in each museum building that only requires a deposit of a 100 yen coin that you get back on return of the key. The only downside was that most of the captions were only in Japanese. It made the art a little harder to fully appreciate. However there are English audio guides available at the front for 500 yen.

  • Nice museum experience filled with national treasures consisting of very old artifacts. English audio tour can be skipped. Didn't add much that wasn't on the plaques. Nice mix of statues, art, everyday items, architecture, clothes. Nice gift shop and restaurants. Good to spend a few hours on a hot or rainy day.

  • Shockingly inexpensive, conveniently located in beautiful Ueno park, and full of fascinating artifacts from Japan, Asia, and other places. Contains art, implements of daily life, textiles, clothing, religious statues and ceremonial paraphernalia, and much more. Spacious and extremely attractive, emphasizing their reverence for these vitally important cultural relics. We spent over 4 hours here during our first trip to Tokyo and didn't see even half of the exhibits. We visited again a year later and went to a different building, seeing entirely new materials. A very stimulating, quiet, and attractive museum.

  • A must visit place is you're even slightly interested in Japanese history. A good range of exhibits well laid out over two floors so easy to get around in a couple of hours. Each item has a simple English description alongside the Japanese. A bit old fashioned in that respect and could do with some more background and meaning to bring the exhibits alive. There is a nice garden (try the cherry blossom ice cream) and other buildings in the museum.

  • Beautiful buildings, large and spacious exhibits, with a very clear and intuitive layout. Exhibits are much more subdued and informative than those in Australia, which seem to go for grand scale exciting ones to grab kids' attention. Information is, in addition to Japanese, in English, simplified Chinese, and Korean in all rooms. Entry is reasonably cheap (much cheaper than Melbourne, for example). Maps are available in a variety of languages.

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