Tokyo

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park was the first museum built in Japan, and exhibits a comprehensive collection of art works and valuable antiquities from Japan and other Asian countries. It also has a Japanese-style garden. During the height of the cherry blossom and the crimson foliage season it is open to the public.

The main building shows "Highlights of Japanese Art," and exhibitions of each type of art, such as ceramics, ukiyo-e works and swords.

The museum shop is in the basement. A favorite among the original products is the BE@RBRICK "Wind God and Thunder God" pair of figures (3000 yen per set) based on Ogata Korin's folding screen with the same name, a national treasure in the museum's collection. There is of course also a wide range of postcards, ukiyo-e prints, accessories, T-shirts and other gifts, as well as a book section with 4000 titles on art, archeology and history, including rare maps.

Tokyo National Museum
ADDRESS Basement of Tokyo National Museum, 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
ACCESS 10-minute walk from the Park Exit of Ueno Station on the JR Yamanote Line
OPEN 9:30 - 17:00
Open until 20:00 on Fridays during special exhibition periods July - December 2011.
Open until 18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays May - September 2011.
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing
CLOSE Mondays (Open on National Holidays, and closed the following Tuesday instead.), December 28 - January 1.
* The opening times may vary with the exhibition.
WEB Special site for the museum shopTokyo National Museum*"Wind God and Thunder God" fans and bookends
*Water bowls
*Bead necklaces
*BE@RBRICK "Wind God and Thunder God"
*Handkerchiefs with camellia arabesque pattern on a red ground
Photo: © Tokyo National Museum