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Updated: April 2, 2018

Tokyo National Museum 東京国立博物館

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Spend a day or more with the treasures of Tokyo National Museum

With over 110,000 items in its collection, nearly a hundred of which are priceless National Treasures, the Tokyo National Museum is Japan’s largest and oldest museum. Any of the museum’s buildings could be a museum of its own, so get to Ueno Park early and save a full day for looking at as many of the 3,000 items on display as you can.

The iconic main Honkan building provides an extensive overview of Japanese art and history, with 24 exhibitions featuring Buddhist art, samurai swords, kabuki masks, intricate metalwork, and much more, all with great English information. The Toyokan expands this view to the rest of Asia, with art and archaeology from China, India, and beyond. The Heiseikan hosts special exhibitions as well as a permanent collection on Japanese archaeological finds (including the earliest polished stone tools in the world). Lastly, there’s the Gallery of Horyu-ji Treasures, a collection of over 300 Buddhist treasures from the Nara temple.

The surrounding grounds are dotted with shops and cafes, and during the spring and autumn, you can visit the museum’s traditional garden and teahouses.

How to Get There

  • Ueno Sta. | Park Exit | 10 mins on foot
    JR Yamanote Line | JR Keihin-Tohoku Line | JR Joban Line | JR Tohoku Line | JR Takasaki Line | Ginza Line | Hibiya Line | Keisei Line
  • Uguisudani Sta. | 10 mins on foot
    JR Yamanote Line | JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
  • Nezu Sta. | 15 mins on foot
    Chiyoda Line

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Opening Hours

  • 9:30-17:00 Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun, holidays
    9:30-21:00 Fri, Sat
    See official website/local tourist information office
    Operates irregular/seasonal opening hours
  • Last admission: 30 mins before closing




Discounts available for students, senior citizens

Visa | JCB | MasterCard | AMEX | UnionPay |

Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Dining facilities | WiFi |
  • Japanese | English | Chinese (simplified) | Chinese (traditional) | Korean | German | Spanish | French |
  • Elevator | braille signage | Disabled parking | Automatic doors | Wheelchair ramp | Wheelchair lift | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | Wheelchair loan | stroller loan | Breast feeding room |

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