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Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito 110-8712, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-5777-8600
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00

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Great Historical overview of Japan

We did this early on our stay in Japan and it provided a fascinating historical perspective on Japan. Our kids even liked it!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We did this early on our stay in Japan and it provided a fascinating historical perspective on Japan. Our kids even liked it!

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Ojai, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The National Museum did not disappoint. World class collection divided over several buildings of Japanese and Asian Art.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

So, we spent the morning in the National Museum. It was a nice collection, but they really need to update their explanatory labels in English and Japanese. They were missing a lot of historical and other background info that would have deepened people's appreciation. The scrolls had the best labels and the swords the worst. Having been to museums around... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

I loved seeing the history of Japanese pottery,art and culture well worth a visit , my husband and I wanted to see all aspects of Japanese culture , from the modern and crazy through to the beautiful art and culture of past era's .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

The Tokyo National Museum is a must-go museum which locates in the Ueno Park. This museum has represented as Japan's most important museum for more than 100 years. They also hold many international exhibitions. I would recommend you to visit the Tokyo National Museum if you are a culture and art lover, or simply as a tourist who wants to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

This is a very good museum showcasing Japanese historical art and artifacts. The museum is houseful 4 separate buildings over 2 levels each. There are some good samurai arm our and sword displays which our boys enjoyed. There are some excellent displays of robes. The Asian gallery has some good Egyptian displays, including a mummy. The grounds are lovely. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

This museum is really big and when I was there, it had a special gallery with Chinese taracotta soldiers. You can easily spend 2-3 hours, it's the best museum in Tokyo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

This museum is not huge by world standards. They have gone to a lot of trouble to pick the best examples of each period and art form. I loved the handmade scrolls, with their delicate calligraphy and paintings. But also interesting was the ancient pottery, armour and artefacts from many thousands of years ago. The 19/20th century paintings show how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

You can feel real Japanese history, culture, and craftmannship in such longtime before made in Nara era,

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

I was expecting a bigger establisement and bigger collection of japanese art and history, especially regarding the samurai history speciments, but it was really a disapointment.

Thank Γιάννης Π

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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