Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum 東京国立博物館

Tokyo National Museum, Ueno.
Tokyo National Museum, Ueno

The massive Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) which opened in 1938 is a short walk from Ueno Station or Uguisudani Station on the Yamanote Line.

Tokyo National Museum, located in Ueno Park, houses the largest collection of Japanese art in the world: calligraphy, ceramics, statuary, swords, paintings and Buddhist treasures from Horyuji Temple in Nara.

There are also extensive collections from Korea, China, India, Central Asia, and Egypt, making the museum one of Tokyo's finest museums.

The Honkan (Main Gallery) and the Toyokan (Eastern Antiquities Gallery) are the biggest buildings and house most of the Museum's exhibits. The Honkan is devoted to Japanese artifacts and the Toyokan to exhibits from the rest of Asia.

The Honkan, built in 1937, was designed by the prominent pre-World War II architect Jin Watanabe. It consists of two very spacious floors with 24 exhibition galleries that include the Dawn of Japanese Art, Attire of the Military Elite, Courtly Art, Buddhist Art, Ainu and Ryukyu Art, Daily Utensils, and Modern Art.

The Horyuji Homotsukan building of Tokyo National Museum, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, displays important Buddhist art and artifacts from Horyuji Temple in Nara.

Admission to the Tokyo National Museum is presently 620 yen for adults, 410 yen for college students.

National Museum of Japan, Ueno Park, Tokyo
National Museum of Japan, Ueno Park, Tokyo

National Museum
13-9 Ueno Park
Taito-ku
Tokyo
110-8712
Tel: 03 3822 1111
Nearest station Ueno (Park exit).

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Tokyo National Museum, Ueno, Tokyo.
Yayoi Period Jar at the Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum, Ueno, Tokyo.
Suit of Armor in the Western Style at Tokyo National Museum

There are four National Museums in Japan: Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum and the much later Kyushu National Museum.

Tokyo National Museum.
Tokyo National Museum.
Tokyo National Museum.
Tokyo National Museum.

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