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History

Tokyo National Museum••

5 minute walk from Ueno Station in Ueno Park
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (extended hours on some Fridays and weekends)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 620 yen
The oldest and largest museum in Japan, the Tokyo National Museum is made up of multiple buildings, each like a separate museum in itself. They house the largest collection of national treasures and important cultural items in the country.

Edo-Tokyo Museum••

5 minute walk from Ryogoku Station
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 19:30 on Saturdays)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 600 yen
The excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum displays models and life-sized recreations of structures and events to show the daily life of Tokyo during the Edo, Meiji and early Showa periods.

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum

10 minute bus ride from Musashi-Koganei Station
Hours: Apr to Sep 9:30 to 17:30, Oct to Mar until 16:30
Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
Admission: 400 yen
A branch of the above Edo-Tokyo Museum, this open air museum exhibits a number of relocated and reconstructed historic buildings and structures laid out like a historic town.

Yushukan

On the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 800 yen
A large museum on the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine that commemorates Japan's wars from a conservative Japanese perspective with detailed information in English.

Shitamachi Museum

5 minute walk from Ueno Station
Hours: daily 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 300 yen
Shitamachi is the name of the artisan and merchant part of old Tokyo. This nostalgic museum has exhibits and reconstructions that show what life was like in Tokyo from the late Meiji to early Showa Periods.

The Japanese Sword Museum

Formerly located in Shinjuku, the museum is currently being moved to a new location in Ryogoku and scheduled to reopen in spring 2018.
The Japanese Sword Museum is a sword enthusiast's dream. Along with the countless blades on display, there are also exhibits on sword making and care as well as excellent English pamphlets.

Science

National Museum of Emerging Science••

5 min walk from Funenokagakukan Station (Odaiba)
Hours: daily 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Tuesdays and New Year's Holidays
Admission: 620 yen
Also known as Miraikan, this extremely interactive and bilingual museum has excellent exhibits about environmental issues, robots (including Honda's Asimo), information technology, biology and space exploration.

National Science Museum

5 min walk from Ueno Station in Ueno Park
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 1
Admission: 620 yen
This museum covers both science and natural history with hands-on physics and robotics experiments, an impressive collection of mounted animals and a 360 degree virtual theater relocated from the Aichi Expo.

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Tokyo Museum Guide

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Hotels around Tokyo

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.
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Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
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Japanican
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.
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Keio Plaza Hotel
One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
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Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
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Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
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Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: November 9, 2016