Trip Planner: Asia / Japan / Kanto / Tokyo Prefecture / Tokyo / Taito / Uenokoen / Tokyo National Museum
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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Tokyo National Museum reviews
The Musuem has a great variety of all epochs and regions of Japan, including the Kingdom of Okinawa and Ainu of the North. Early pre-history is very well presented (Indiana Jones level stuff!), also..... more »
As a master student of Buddhist art, I come here quite often. Tokyo is a big city, so when there's good stuff, the place is definitively packed. However, good news is that good pieces are shown quite.... more »
Do the research and if you have an interest in other cultures and the history of Japan you will love this. They do accept credit cards. Visa and Mastercard if you're coming from the usa. They will... more »
Recall nice experience and a great chance to learn more about Japan and Asia in general. The different buildings offer different exhibitions and there are many items that should offer something for everyone. The buildings are air conditioned which makes for a great escape from the summer heat. Nice cafe to stop and grab a snack or ice cream. Highly recommended. Lovely walk through the park as well.
It was a rainy day which was a perfect time for my visit to the museum. So much to see and lots to photograph, a few pieces were off limits to photo, but being important cultural pieces I understand why. I spent a good half day here and didn't feel bored at all, it was a wonderful trip through Japan's very interesting history. The fact it goes all the way back to Prehistoric times was fantastic.
Entrance ¥620 for adults, you can visit many different parts of the museum which can ocuppy you for several hours, extra special exhibitions are available on special occasions, like right now there's one for the three kingdoms with China and Korea. The museum very nicely explains the history of the first settlers in Japan 40k years ago to 490 years ago and has a nice exposition of swords and armour
Clean with an old fashioned design the building is beautiful. The exhibits we're not really what I was expecting and so perhaps my expectations are what made me feel this wasn't as interesting as I wanted. Staff were all great and as the day was extremely hot in July it was a welcome reprieve from the heat.
It's already a reasonable price to begin with for how large of a museum it is (can easily spend a couple hours here, more if you're particularly interested in something) and there's a student discount on top of it. We only did the main museum (didn't pay the extra for the temporary exhibit). If you're interested in learning more about Japan's history I'd highly recommend visiting.
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