Tokyo National Museum

東京国立博物館The Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan, 東京国立博物館), located in Ueno Park and founded in 1872, is the oldest and the largest art museum in Japan. It displays art works and archaeological objects of Japan and other Asian countries. You can basically take photos of what are being displayed, though not all of them. Its Japanese stroll garden will also be disclosed in spring and fall.

Gate of a feudal lord's residence
Tokyo National Museum

Domain lords in the Edo period (there were about 300 domains) had residences both in the town of Edo and in their domains. Many of them also had residences in Kyoto.
Their main residence in Edo was situated near the Edo Castle, and they also had a few suburban houses. None of them remain now in Tokyo -- only a few gates.
This gate was the main gate of the main Edo residence of the Ikeda clan, who ruled substantial part of modern-day Tottori Prefecture. It is an Important Cultural Property.

Azekura Repository
Azekura Repository

This Azekura Repository was constructed in the Kamakura Period. It was as a repository for a Buddhist temple in present-day Nara Prefecture. It is an Important Cultural Property.

Haniwa statues
Tokyo National Museum
Buddhist statues
Tokyo National Museum

Exhibition Buildings

In this museum, there are five exhibition buildings - Honkan, Hyokeikan, Toyokan, The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and Heiseikan.
Except for Heiseikan, these constructions were designed by architects well-known in Japan.
Adding to these, there is Kuroda Memorial Hall which was built in 1928 and became part of the Tokyo National Museum recently.

Hon-kan, Tokyo National Museum

Honkan, which means "the main building," is a Japanese-style edifice constructed in 1937. It exhibits Japanese art crafts. It is an Important Cultural Property.

Hyokei-kan, Tokyo National Museum

Hyokeikan is a Western-palace-style building created in 1908. It is an Important Cultural Property.

Toyo-kan, Tokyo National Museum

Toyokan was built in 1968. It focuses on art and artifacts from other Asian countries.

Horyuji Gallery
Horyuji Gallery

The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures was completed in 1999. It exhibits Buddhist art works of around seventh century which used to belong to Horyuji Temple in Nara Prefecture.

Heisei-kan, Tokyo National Museum

Heiseikan, erected in 1993, is used for special exhibitions and also displays Japanese archaeological artifacts.

Kuroda Kinenkan
Kuroda Kinen-kan

Kuroda Memorial Hall (Kuroda Kinenkan) was built in 1928 and features works of Western-style painter Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924). It is situated next to the Tokyo National Museum and became part of the museum recently.


Five tea houses placed around the pond of the Japanese garden behind Honkan were built in the Edo Period in the Kansai region and relocated here in the modern era.
This garden used to be disclosed in Spring and Autumn only, but since 2021, it is open throughout the year for those visiting the museum.

Japanese Garden
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum

Shunsoro, now used as a tea house, was a resting hut created in Osaka by a famous merchant in the late 17th century.

Tokyo National Museum

Tengoan is a tea house built in the 17th century by a renowned tea master and domain lord Kobori Enshu.

Tokyo National Museum

Rokusoan is a tea house erected in the mid-17th century at Kofukuji Temple in Nara.

Tokyo National Museum

Okyokan was built in 1742 as a study room at a Buddhist temple in modern-day Aichi Prefecture.

Tokyo National Museum

Kujokan was a facility constructed in the residence of the Kujo Family, who was one of the top-ranking aristocratic families of the Imperial Court in Kyoto.

The Tokyo National Museum Official English website
Open 9:30AM - 5PM; permanent exhibition 1000yen; closed on Mon (if a national holiday, the next day instead) & late Dec-early Jan
13-9 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: JR's or Tokyo Metro Subway's Ueno Sta./ Keisei-Ueno Sta./ JR Uguisu-dani Sta.