Tokyo National Museum 東京国立博物館
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.
13-9 Ueno Park
Tel: 03 3822 1111
Nearest station Ueno (Park exit).