Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo

Established in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum is the oldest Japanese national museum.

Established in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum is the oldest Japanese national museum. Its collection of over 110,000 items makes it the largest art museum in Japan and one of the largest art museums in the world. The collection is spread across 6 buildings in Ueno Park –

  • Honkan - the Japanese Gallery showcases Japanese works from 10,000 BC to the 19th century, including Buddhist statues, painted sliding doors, scrolls, ceramics, lacquerware, and maps, along with objects such as samurai clothing, Noh masks, costumes, katana swords, armor, and weapons.
  • Hyōkeikan is the oldest structure in the complex, built in 1909 to commemorate the wedding of Meiji Emperor Taisho who was then Crown Prince. It is the epitome of Western-style architecture during the Meiji Period, and used for temporary exhibitions.
  • Heiseikan houses the Japanese Archaeology Gallery which traces the history of the country from ancient to pre-modern times through excavated finds of Jōmon linear appliqué type pottery, terracotta figurines, Paleolithic tools, burial mounds, and other objects.
  • Hōryū-ji Hōmotsukan - the Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures houses 7th-8th century religious objects donated by Horyuji Temple in Nara, such as statues and copper reliefs.
  • Tōyōkan – the Asian Gallery showcases artifacts from the entire continent grouped into 7 regions, namely China, Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia, India, West Asia, Middle-East and Egypt.
  • The Kuroda Memorial Hall, built by bequest of Western-style painter Kuroda Seiki, showcases 126 oil paintings, 170 drawings, sketchbooks, letters, and other materials relating to the artist.






















About Tokyo National Museum

 Japan, 〒110-8712 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Uenokōen, 13−9

 +81 3-3822-1111


Tokyo National Museum and Nearby Sights on Map

National Museum of Nature and Science

The National Science Museum in Tokyo focuses on the living world, with life-sized representations of practically every life form the earth has ever seen, from the blue whale (outside the old building) to hundreds of exotic insects

National Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo's Ueno Park houses an extensive collection of Western art built around the personal collection of Japanese industrialist Matsukata Kojiro

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art museum is housed in a classic Art Deco style structure that was previously home to Prince Yasuhiko

Ueno Park

Ueno Park, adjacent to the station, is home to most of the attractions in the area, including the Ueno Zoo and a concentration of Japan's best museums

Ueno Zoo

The Ueno Zoo, a part of Ueno Park, is Japan’s oldest zoo and home to over 460 species

SCAI The Bathhouse

A small gallery showing the work of contemporary artists, the building is a former sento, or bathhouse

Shitamachi Museum

A small museum that offers a glimpse into life in the area in the early 20th century, with re-created houses and stores, and cultural artifacts

Shitamachi Museum

Many buildings scattered around the Yanaka district survived the bombings of World War II, including this former sake store built in 1910

Tennoji Temple

Shinobazu Pond

Located within Ueno Park, the Shinobazu Pond is full of water lilies and waterfowl