Tokyo National Museum
As Japan’s oldest and largest national museum, the Tokyo National Museum houses a hugely important collections of artefacts and artworks that span all periods of Japanese history. As the repository of one of the country’s most significant museum catalouges, the museum is split into six buildings each profiling different aspects of Japanese culture, other Asian cultures and spaces for temporary exhibitions.
The main building – the ‘Honkan’ – includes 24 exhibition galleries spread across two floors. Exhibitions on the second-floor introduce the development of Japanese art from the neolthic ‘Jomon Period’ through to the ‘Edo period’ with displays including ceramics, sculpture, decorative arts and many other items of huge cultural significance.
Other notable areas of the museum include the ‘Heiseikan’ with exhibitions focused on Japan’s archaeological record and the ‘Toyokan’ featuring artworks for the broader Asian region including China, Korea, India and Southeast Asia, along with several other annexed buildings.
Within easy reach of Ueno Station and sitting within Ueno Park, the Tokyo National Museum is one of the capital’s most popular destinations.