Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ueno & Yanesen

This museum hosts blockbuster shows with art on loan from local and international museums (such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art); you could be lucky and catch the likes of Van Gogh and Renoir, or a Japanese master such as Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita. Other exhibition halls are given over to local artistic associations, whose shows include works (ceramics, calligraphy etc) from living artists.

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1. Kuroda Memorial Hall


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,…

2. Ueno Zoo

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Japan’s oldest zoo, established in 1882, is home to animals from around the globe, but the biggest attractions are the giant pandas from China, Rī Rī and…

3. 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…

4. 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…

5. University Art Museum

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Tokyo University of the Arts, commonly known as Geidai, is Japan's top art school. Its collection dates back to 1887 and includes over 28,000 items, a…

6. Ueno-kōen

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Best known for its profusion of cherry trees that burst into blossom in spring (making this one of Tokyo's top hanami – blossom-viewing – spots),…

8. Hyokeikan

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