7 Things To Know About Tokyo National Museum

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Tokyo National Museum
Source: takaaki nishioka

Japan is a magnificent country that is rich in culture and resources. The Tokyo National Museum is one of its heritage and an amazing site to visit. It is known to be one of Japan’s age-old and ancestral exhibits archive. It is a large storage for the most exquisite Japanese art collection filled with memories of the past. What makes this a splendid venue to visit are the assemblage of selective artifacts such as paintings, calligraphy, rare pottery collection, garnished tombs, samurai swords and armor and other artistic works. The history of the Japanese citizens are embedded in all these items and it is one of the top-most vacation vicinities that a tourist could visit while in Tokyo Japan. We have made a list of the seven (7) things you ought to know while at the Tokyo National Museum.

1. Learn  Japanese Art in the Honkan, Japanese Gallery

The Tokyo National Museum has Five Exhibition Buildings and one of these is the Honkan or the Japanese Gallery which gives a fantastic glimpse of diverse Japanese art collections. There are twenty-four (24) rooms filled with artistry and craftsmanship exhibited for viewing found in two (2) floors. These exhibits date way back from the 19th century with a variety of ceramics, wood or stone sculpture, flashy swords and more. Some of these rooms consist of Arts such as the Japanese Art, the art of Tea Ceremony, the Samurai garments and costumes, metal works, katana, Japanese modern art, national treasure exhibits and a room for new objects.

 Information:

  • Name: Honkan, Japanese Gallery
  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
  • Open: 9:30AM to 5PM
  • Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
  • Admission fee is 600 yen – adults
  • Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=113
  • Phone No: (03)3822-1111 (Domestic Calls)

2. Visit the Fascinating Displays of the Tōyōkan, Asian Gallery

The Asian gallery was fashioned and executed by Yoshiro Taniguchi. It is a building with three stories and meticulous designs. At the first floor is a restaurant with a shop for tokens, remembrance, and small items for gifts that the visitors and tourists could buy. The Gallery is arranged with ten (10) rooms divided into seven (7) regions focusing on the crafts of India, Korea, China, Egypt, Asia and the Middle East. There is a Lounge and a mini display area in the second (2nd) floor at the 6th and 7th room that you could walk through and check out while the 8th room is brimming with paintings and calligraphy made by the Chinese artisans. Meanwhile, the Central Asia and Korean artifacts could be seen on the third (3rd) floor in the 9th and 10th rooms.

Information:

  • Name: Tōyōkan, Asian Gallery
  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
  • Open: 9:30AM to 5PM
  • Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
  • Admission fee is 600 yen – adults
  • Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=113
  • Phone No: (03)3822-1111 (Domestic Calls)

 

3. Observe the Elegant Building of Hyōkeikan

This structure was built to commemorate the covenant of love of the Meiji Crown Prince also known as the Emperor Taisho. The inauguration took place in the year 1909. The edifice was constructed and recorded as a Cultural Property which displays a Western appearance representing the Meiji period of the 20th century.

 Information:

  • Name: Hyōkeikan
  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
  • Open: 9:30AM to 5PM
  • Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
  • Admission fee is 600 yen – adults
  • Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=113
  • Phone No: (03)3822-1111 (Domestic Calls)

4. Time Travel at the Heiseikan for a Pre-historic Journey

This uniquely built structure was exposed to the public in the year 1999 to reminisce the marriage ceremony of the crown prince. It is an overly spacious spot with a lounge and auditorium to fit in more curious people who are excited to learn about history through artifacts and museum items. It has two floors which show the Japanese Archeology galleries and the other floor for other special exhibitions. Most of the displays are potteries or the so-called linear applique pots which were created way back in the aftermath of World War II and gained a reputation with the materials used taken from carbonized elements.

Information:

  • Name: Heiseikan
  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
  • Open: 9:30AM to 5PM
  • Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
  • Admission fee is 600 yen – adults
  • Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=113
  • Phone No: (03)3822-1111 (Domestic Calls)

5. Drop-In at the Hōryū-ji Hōmotsukan, The Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures

There are six (6) rooms built to store delicate art works of the Hōryū-ji treasures donated for the Imperial Palace in the year 1878. The blueprint of the building was created by Yoshio Taniguchi and was opened to the public for viewing in 1999. What makes this the coolest spot in the Tokyo National Museum is the latest technology added to explain and show the whole art collection through the digital tool with one-of-a-kind state-of-art graphics. This technology is further used to translate the explanations in different languages, Chinese, French, English and German. The visitors will never get bored and will have a memorable experience in the Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures.

Information:

  • Name: Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures
  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
  • Open: 9:30AM to 5PM
  • Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
  • Admission fee is 600 yen – adults
  • Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=113
  • Phone No: (03)3822-1111 (Domestic Calls)

6. Check-In at the Kuroda Memorial Hall

The brilliant minds of Okada Shinichiro and Kuroda Seiki started the Kuroda Hall which was built in 1928 and later on included the Tokyo Research Institute for Cultural Properties in the year 2000. By 2007, Kuroda Memorial Hall transferred to the Tokyo National Museum and opened itself up to the public to showcase hundreds of paintings, drawings, and other artistic crafts. If you’re the painter type or you simply like to draw and appreciate drawings and colors then this place will delight you with historic to modern architecture and pictures.

Information:

  • Name: Kuroda Memorial Hall
  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
  • Open: 9:30AM to 5PM
  • Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
  • Admission fee is 600 yen – adults
  • Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=113
  • Phone No: (03)3822-1111 (Domestic Calls)

7. Stopover at the Research and Information Center

We need books, written documents, and letters to preserve history in black and white. With the help of the Research and Information Center, multi-faceted files in connection with historical items and fine print were recorded and stored such as the archeological crafts, vintage items from Asia and Japan and artistic compilation showing the history and legacy of Japan. The tourists and visitors are privileged to check out and read magazines, art books, photographs, and pictures as well as books if they are eager to learn the history of Japan. Entrance is free.

Information:

  • Name: Research and Information Center
  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
  • Open: 9:30AM to 5PM
  • Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
  • Admission fee is 600 yen – adults
  • Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=113
  • Phone No: (03)3822-1111 (Domestic Calls)

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