This is a museum where visitors can learn about the culture and traditions of Japan, experience Japan, and deepen their understanding about Japan. It is worth visiting the garden, which is open to the public during a limited period in both spring and autumn.
The Tokyo National Museum established in 1872 is the oldest museum in Japan. The number of visitors a year is approximately 1.9 million people (in the fiscal year 2014). The number of items in the collection is 116,000 pieces and many objects are registered as a national treasure or an important cultural property. Every displayed piece both in the permanent and special exhibitions is precious. The museum providing knowledge of Japanese culture and traditions and bringing a better understanding is a gateway of Japanese culture. The museum consists of 6 buildings for exhibitions, Honkan (the main building), Heiseikan, Toyokan, Hyokeikan, the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures and Kuroda Memorial Hall. In the Honkan, you can trace the history of Japanese art from ancient Jomon times to the Edo period (1603-1868). In the Japanese Archaeology Gallery of Heiseikan, there are artifacts from the Stone Age to Modern times. In the Toyokan, art and artifacts from China, the Korean Peninsula, and Southeast Asia are displayed. The Museum Garden in the north side of the Honkan is open to public in spring for cherry blossom viewing and in autumn for autumn leaves viewing. You should not miss it, either. A 10-minute walk from the Kouenguchi Exit of JR Ueno Station.