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“Exquisite artistry”

The Ueno Royal Museum
Ranked #48 of 358 things to do in Taito
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

When we visited this museum in the spring of 2013, it featured the arts and crafts collected by the Royal Family. These pieces demonstrated the exquisite artistry, the beauty, and the fineness of Japanese glass, pottery, silver, carving and painting. There is even a magnifying glass provided to see a carved grain of rice. Most labels have English text. As anywhere in Japan, staff are very helpful.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

THE UENO ROYAL MUSEUM, TOKYO
That popular museum holds only special exhibitions of exquisitely produced artifacts belonging to former Japanese royalty. To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Japan Art Association, at the time of my visit last July, the museum had an exhibition of Masterpieces of Arts and Crafts in the Prince Arisugawa and Prince Takamatsu Families. The exhibits included portraits, paintings, sculptures, calligraphy and the like, dating back to the Meiji period. The artifacts were, naturally, of the finest quality, and had been specially hand-crafted for Japanese royalty by master-craftsmen.
These included jeweled Swiss watches, a miniature silver coffee set with a royal crest, exquisite calligraphy works and the wide range of brushes used for them, beautifully carved and polished sandstone miniatures owned by Prince Takehito, an embossed silver music box, early photographs of the royal family, an ivory travelling trinklet set with a royal crest, small ceremonial Tanto swords, a soldier’s helmet, a fully-embroidered kimono with a colourful floral design, pretty little dolls, that had once belonged to the royal children, and a great deal more.
Of particular historical interest was the original copy of the “Charter of Oath” hand-written by Prince Takahito. The museum is small, and the number of artifacts on display was not very large. However, they more than made up qualitatively what they lacked in quantity. Attendance at the event, by local Japanese as well as by foreign tourists was good.
This is one of the many museums in Ueno Park, including the fabulous National Museum.

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Reviewed 5 January 2013

I visited the Ueno Royal Museum on a public holiday, during the very popular exhibition about the treasures from Tutankamun's tomb. The crowds were unbelievable. The entry time on my ticket was 3 hours after I bought my ticket. At the time stated I joined an enormous queue over 100metres long. We were ushered into the building in groups of about 30 every 5 minutes or so. It took real patience and endurance to see each exhibit. I don't know how the museum operates normally, but I can tell you that the staff are friendly and helpful. There are 100 yen lockers where your coin is returned when you reopen the locker. The museum is fairly small. The exhibit I saw had 105 objects, and they seemed to fill the space (them and the 100's of people!). The building itself is uninspiring. There was a gift shop. My visit cost 2700 yen entrance fee.
The museum is very close to Ueno JR station. Just take the "Park Exit" , walk into the park and turn left. It's about 100m.

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