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Tokyo National Museum: Celebrating its 150th anniversary



2022.10.20 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Today we introduce Taito City’s Tokyo National Museum. Opened in 1872 with an aim to preserve Japan’s heritage through collection, research, restoration and exhibition of cultural artifacts, it is the oldest museum in Japan. It is also the largest with approximately 120,000 items added to its collection in its 150 years in operation, including national treasures and high-quality exhibits illustrating Japan.

Known for its extensive variety of art, including painting, calligraphy, pottery, lacquerware, dyeing, etc., the Tokyo National Museum is a must visit for any visitor wishing to get a quick overview in about two hours, or a more in-depth immersion into Japan’s culture over the space of one day. If you have time for only one museum in Tokyo, we recommend you visit this one.

Set inside the beautiful Ueno Park, the Tokyo National Museum is home to countless exhibits that are rotated regularly. Regular Exhibitions continually display around 3,000 items, and exhibits are rotated about 300 times per year, making each visit a unique experience. With a total of 120,000 items, 89 of which are national treasures and 648 are important cultural properties, the Tokyo National Museum collection is both extensive and exceptional.

This year, a special commemorative project, “Tokyo National Museum: Its History and National Treasures,” will introduce the museum in detail, through masterpieces and historical records, including all eighty-nine national treasures - which is sure to be a highlight - with a two part exhibition of approximately 150 specially selected artworks.

Advanced reservations for this once in a lifetime event are required. For ticket information, please visit the following site:

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