Ueno & Yanesen

Part of the Tokyo National Museum, this building houses the Japanese Archaeological Gallery, full of pottery, talismans and articles of daily life from Japan's prehistoric periods. The museum's temporary exhibitions (which cost extra) are held here; these can be fantastic, but sometimes lack the English signage found throughout the rest of the museum.

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1. Tokyo National Museum

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If you visit only one museum in Tokyo, make it the Tokyo National Museum. Here you'll find the world's largest collection of Japanese art, including…

2. Kanei-ji

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During the Tokugawa reign, Kanei-ji was a powerful temple – its grounds once covered all of what is now Ueno-kōen (its pagoda is inside Ueno Zoo). With…

3. Hyokeikan


Within the grounds of the Tokyo National Museum, this grand 1909 Western-style hall is only used for special exhibitions and events.

5. Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures

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This enchanting gallery, part of the Tokyo National Museum, displays masks, metalwork and sculptures from the temple Hōryū-ji (in Nara Prefecture, dating…

6. Kuro-mon

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West of the main gate to Tokyo National Museum is the Kuro-mon (Black Gate), transported from the Edo-era mansion of a feudal lord. You can view the…

7. Tōyōkan

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Part of the Tokyo National Museum, the three-storey Gallery of Asian Art focuses on pieces from across the region, including delicate Chinese ceramics and…

8. Kuroda Memorial Hall

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Kuroda Seiki (1866–1924) is considered the father of modern Western-style painting in Japan. This 1928-vintage hall, an annex to Tokyo National Museum,…