The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest of Japan’s top-level national museums, the museum displays a big collection of art works and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries, the collection is made up of over 110,000 individual items.
Upon arrival you will see the ticket office on the right side of the entrance. You are able to buy your tickets at a machine or at a ticket booth. The machines have English options so you don’t have to worry about buying the wrong ticket on accident. When you enter the area you will see multiple buildings that you will be able to enter. Looking at a map is recommended, especially if there is some place you want to see first. The main building you will see in the middle is the ‘Honkan’. Here you will be able to find the Japanese artpieces. Halfway through the museum you will be able to go outside to the museum garden. You are not able to enter the building again on that side if you exit through the garden, you will have to walk around it and enter again if you would like to see the rest of the exhibition. The special exhibitions are in the building behind the Honkan on the left side.
The art in the museum has descriptions in English, which makes a visit to this place a lot better since you can learn about the history and not only see objects of history. English audio guides are also available at the museum.
How to get to the Tokyo National Museum
The best ways to get to the Tokyo National Museum is to either get off at Ueno Station or Uguisudani Station. From here on you will be able to see the area of the museum. Both of these stations are located next to it.
Sunday-Thursday: 9:30 – 17:00
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 – 21:00