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Tokyo National Museum, Taito
(4.2/5 based on 1,300 reviews on the web)
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 part of your personalized Tokyo itinerary using our Tokyo vacation planner.
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  • This Museum should take a whole day from to in order to discover and see everything it has to offer. Visit all the buildings surrounding the main building as all has something great to show. 
  • Excellent collection really well displayed. Gives you a good idea of the history of Japanese art too. Worth spending half a day in if culture is your thing. If you only have time for one museum in Tok...  more »
  • Great museum with blessedly few (though high quality) items so its actually digestible in one walkthrough. 
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  • I enjoyed the exhibition in the Honkan building. This is Japanese art, it took me between 1 and 2 hours to visit and gives a comprehensive vision of the evolutionni n Japanese art mainly during the 12th to 18th century. I couldnt download the app to listen to the main pieces description but I found the brochure (A4 shape) very useful and complete. The shop has very nice stuff. The Asian gallery and the Buddist treasures are nice but the pieces of art are of less importance to me. 30 minutes for each of these two buildings was enough for me. I didnt have time to visit the Archeaological gallery.
  • Good museum but with little english. Also, the ilumination it is not the best and could you have headache
  • this is must to go place, specially the little models of old time Edo is hypnotizing! I could literally spend 10 days looking at all those details in the models of the city only if my wife'd let me :p
  • I enjoyed the museum very much. Check their website for specials. We did a VR theater show wich was great.
  • Lots of interesting exhibits, artifacts, and displays. I really enjoyed the one about blades and armor. Naturally, all of the plaques are in Japanese, but it was still enjoyable to just take it in visually even if I couldn't read the extra info.