Tokyo National Museum

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The Tokyo National Museum is a Japanese art museum in Ueno, Tokyo. It is Japan's oldest national museum and one of Tokyo's largest art museums with a huge collection of national treasures and important cultural properties. Its focus is on ancient Japanese art and Asian art. If you are looking for the best museums in Tokyo or are planning to visit Ueno park, you should definitely consider visiting Tokyo National Museum. The national museum opening hours are extended on Friday and Saturday, making it easier to visit if you have a busy schedule during the day.

Telephone Number
Postal code
13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku
Method of payment
Cash, Credit Card, IC Cards
Recommended season
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Business Hours
Tuesday・Wednesday・Thursday・Sunday : 09:30~17:00 Friday・Saturday : 09:30~21:00

※Please check the opening hours of the special exhibitions separately.
※Kuroda Memorial Hall is open from 9:30 to 17:00.
※Final admission 30 minutes before closing.

Regular Holiday
Admisson Fee
JPY620 / Adult

University Student: JPY 410
Discounts for groups and people with disabilities.

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5 out of 5 stars

Originally established in 1972 at Yushima Seido Shrine, the Tokyo National Museum now stands in Ueno Park, along with the National Museum of Modern Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the National Museum of Nature and Science. I had initially expected one museum, but it was a space encompassing six buildings in total, with the added bonus of a Japanese garden. My friend and I were able to visit five of the six buildings as the Hyokeikan (the oldest building, having been built in 1909) was undergoing renovations at the time. The other five buildings housed exhibits from Japanese artwork to Chinese artifacts to religious works from Nara's Horyuji temple. The museum shop is also a decently big size with the white counter tops making one whisper softly as if in a high-end store. Overall, a worthwhile and well-spent 2.5 hours.


5 out of 5 stars

Tokyo National Museum is the largest art museum in Japan and one of the largest in the world. It is also the oldest museum in Japan and as such has accumulated a very large collection of artwork and artefacts.

The main building, the ‘Honkan’, consists of a large number of “National Treasures of Japan”, “Horyuji treasures”, and “Important Cultural Properties”. Most exhibits have an English description accompanying the Japanese text, making the museum a great place to learn more about Japan’s rich culture. I was particularly interested in the Samurai history of which there was many artefacts.

The ‘Toyokan’ building hosts art and artefacts from other countries across Asia and at the time of my visit, there was a special Ancient Egyptian exhibit on. The museum’s website frequently updates information about current special exhibitions so I'd recommend checking it before visiting.

Outside of the buildings, there is a traditional Japanese garden with a pond which is nice to relax in.

I spent about 1.5 hours at the museum but for those more interested in art, more time may be needed.


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