Tokyo National Museum

Located in Ueno Park in the Taitō ward of Tokyo, also named TNM. We learned this is the oldest and largest of Japan’s top-level national museums. It houses over 110,000 individual items including nearly a hundred national treasures. 

Where I am not a history buff, it provides very interesting look at Asian history, art, and culture. There are a wide variety of exhibits that include Samurai swords and protective gear, kimonos, pottery, artifact conservation, and ancient Asian artifacts. There is a wealth of information in a variety of languages. Many of the artifacts come from multiple Asian countries, with a large amount coming from China, Korea, and Thailand.

The building itself and its surrounding grounds are also quite lovely. The beautiful gardens provided a balance to the museum’s collection of arts and artifacts. We spent over three hours here…should have and could have stayed longer.

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