Tokyo National Museum, Taito

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#3 of 1,540 in Historic Sites 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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  • Worth seeing in the only permanent exhibition and. Is quite impressive and tired. Worth a visit is a splendid building, if you have time and.
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed the Highlights of Japanese Art. These included earthenware from 2000 BC, Military attire, screen paintings, richly decorated theatre costumes and everything you would want to kno...  more »
  • Visited April 19, 2018. We had only one building, the main: the Honkan. Very nice discovery. This part of the Museum presents objects from a great variety that illustrate well the Japan. I particularly enjoyed: the screens, the equipment of the Samurai armor, sculptures in stone. To do.
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  • 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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