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“One of my favorites”

Tokyo National Museum
Ranked #4 of 340 things to do in Taito
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Owner description: This famous museum houses the largest collection of Japanese artifacts and artworks in the world. With over 100,000 pieces and room to display only 4,000, exhibits are rotated constantly.
San Jose, California
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229 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“One of my favorites”
Reviewed 22 December 2013

Lots of great history about Japan. Nice garden in the back too! The walk in Ueno Park to get there was amazing too. Try to get there early!

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“wow. so much to see. so little time”
Reviewed 16 December 2013

I like this place. my feet and back hurt after a day of this and a couple of other sites. A sign of a good trip. Got here just before the gates opened. So I was able to see most of it. so much history to take in. my head hurt. Highly recommended.

Visited November 2013
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West Granby
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Lot's to see besides art work”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

The National Museum is one of five other museums in Ueno Park. Within the National Museum you can visit several buildings. We spent a couple of hours in the main building that features Japanese art. All the displays have clearly written English explanations. I gained a new appreciation for Japanese art, Samari sword making, Kimonos, calligraphy and so much more. Be sure to go behind the main building to the museum garden. There are several antique wooden tea houses among the beautifully landscaped garden and pond. We didn't have time to visit the other building that had archaeological treasures. Well worth several hours to visit.

Visited December 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Time well spent and the only place you can learn about early Japan”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

I have visited Japan more than 35 times but never managed to visit this museum before. It was a very pleasant surprise on many levels. Everything is well laid out and accurately labeled in English. For anyone who is a museum junkie ( like me) is has many of the typical pieces of art, calligraphy and screens but all are equal to or better than most you will see anywhere else.

It has some outstanding pieces of armour and beautiful swords dating back the15th Century. What really blew me away was the Heiseikan wing featuring some truly exceptional archaeological displays up to 10,000 year old through to the first century ME. This journey from China and Korea to what we now know as Japan was simply amazing. This alone is worth the price of admission.

If the weather is fine take the walkway between the Honkan and the Heiseikan to visit the gardens and the various teahouses. I visited in autumn and the colours were spectacular.

Visited December 2013
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“A Good One-Stop for Japanese History”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

The walk thru Ueno park to the Museum is in itself an experience. Great architecture and hundreds of quality exhibits makes this an excellent one-stop if one is short of time. I particularly liked the costumes, swords and weapons of old japan. There are also numerous original art exhibits and scriptures. The uniqueness of the exhibits even kept my 12-year-old engaged throughout. Give yourself a good 3-4 hours to explore both wings of the enormous 2-story building.

Visited October 2013
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