Also known as Rekihaku, the National Museum of Japanese History (国立歴史民俗博物館, Kokuritsu Rekishi Minzoku Hakubutsukan) is a government run, well designed museum that traces the history and cultural development of the Japanese people. The permanent exhibition spans six galleries with each covering a period from prehistoric times to modern Japan. The displays are well designed and include a lot of cultural artifacts, reproductions and models.
There is also a seventh gallery that hosts temporary exhibitions (separate entrance fees apply). Most of the galleries of the permanent exhibitions have English signs and descriptions, and English audio guides are available from the front desk free of charge. The museum is located not far from Narita Airport on the former grounds of Sakura Castle. There is also a botanical garden nearby.
The National Museum of Japanese History is located about 15 kilometers east of Narita Airport.
By Keisei Railways
Limited express trains operate every 20 minutes between Narita Airport and Keisei Sakura Station (20 minutes, 460 yen), stopping at Keisei Narita Station (10 minutes, 260 yen) along the way. From Keisei Sakura Station, the museum can be reached in a 15-20 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride.
By JR (Japan Railways)
Rapid trains operate once per hour between Narita Airport and JR Sakura Station (25 minutes, 410 yen), stopping at JR Narita Station (15 minutes, 240 yen) along the way. From JR Sakura Station, the museum can be reached in a 15 minute bus ride.