Tokyo National Museum


Museums & Attractions


If you have just one day to devote to museum-going in Tokyo and are interested in Japanese art and artefacts, this is the place to visit. Japan’s oldest and largest museum houses over 110,000 items. Past the ornate gateway, there’s a wide courtyard and pond surrounded by three main buildings. Directly in front is the Honkan, or main gallery, dating from 1938, which displays the permanent collection of Japanese arts and antiquities. The 25 rooms regularly rotate their exhibitions of paintings, ceramics, swords, kimonos, sculptures and the like. The Toyokan building to the right features five floors of artworks from other parts of Asia; the Hyokeikan, the 1909 European-style building to the left, is currently closed to visitors. Behind the Hyokeikan is the Gallery of Horyu-ji Treasures, which houses some of Japanese Buddhism’s most important and ancient artefacts, from the seventh-century Horyu-ji temple in Nara. The Heiseikan, behind the Honkan, holds three to four temporary exhibitions of Japanese and Asian art each year. There are also a couple of restaurants in the complex, and a good gift shop.


Upcoming events

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13-9 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ueno Station (Ginza, Hibiya, Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku lines)

Telephone 03 5777 8600

Open Tue-Sun 9.30am-5pm / Closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday)

Admission Adults ¥600, university students ¥400, high school students and under/over 70s free; special exhibitions cost extra


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

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