Tokyo National Museum, Taito

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#2 of 264 in Museums in Tokyo
Among the country's, and the world's, largest institutions of its kind, Tokyo National Museum exhibits Buddhist and Japanese artwork, woodblocks, kimonos, and other cultural gems. Browse the museum's collection of more than 100,000 artifacts spread out over five different buildings to take a step back into the nation's past. Note that exhibits and displays feature descriptions and signage in English--you can also check out an English-language audio guide at the entrance. Make Tokyo National Museum a centerpiece of your Tokyo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tokyo visit planning app .
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  • I thought the museum has a fairly comprehensive showcase of Japanese artifacts. From carvings, historical documents, textiles, and Samurai swords! Unfortunately, I had a limited time to read everythin...  more »
  • Tokyo National Museum, made in Japan for the first time at the Museum in Ueno City of art the main building is located at the front entrance is beautiful form put the reddish-brown tile roof to wall up high know atmosphere of Japanese and Western elements. Exhibit cultural assets such as art and archaeological objects of Oriental culture hotel for the first time to Japan. With the new year, are crowded with tourists. Quiet slow pre-Raphaelite.
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  • Museum Park is very beautiful. During the conduct of museum exhibits come sakura and provide special tours. We've gathered some of the checkpoints in the stamp and can finally pin cute prizes (such as a treasure hunt).
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  • An amazing museum with many Japanese treasures. Many signs are in English, and the museum map is available in a variety of languages. The entrance fee is very reasonable, especially if you are a student and show your school id. We only spent a few hours here, but you could easily spend a whole day! The museum gift shop is worth a visit, even though it's a little overpriced.
  • Worth seeing if you have time Chinese, and Indian art, including more than 100 national treasures. The Tokyo National Museum is a nice museum. It is worth the visit if you have time and are interested in Japanese art. We went to see the Samaurai collection, which was good but rather small. We only toured the main building so I can't say much for the entire museum, but the building we saw lacked any signs providing information on history or culture. With only a few days in Tokyo we felt that going here wasn't really worth our time.
  • Beautiful, well laid out. Plenty of English translation. A good mix of historical and artistic pieces. Could use a bit more scientific detail.
  • 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.
  • Amazing collection of art, including Japan National Treasures: lacquerware, kimonos, samurai armor, swords, paintings, prints, sculpture and much more. Also a nice museum shop. There are multiple museum buildings, but start with the main one, which is straight ahead from the entrance. There are 2 floors, and you should allow at least 2 hours.

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