Also known as Rekihaku, the National Museum of Japanese History (j, 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.

Getting there and around

The National Museum of Japanese History is located about 15 kilometers west of Narita Airport.

By Keisei Railways

Limited express trains operate every 20 minutes between Narita Airport and Keisei Sakura Station (20 minutes, 470 yen), stopping at Keisei Narita Station (10 minutes, 270 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, 420 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.

By car

It takes about 30 minutes to reach the museum from Narita Airport by car if using the expressway (780 yen expressway tolls one way, get off at Sakura IC) or about 45 minutes by toll free roads.

How to get to and around Narita

Hours and Fees


9:30 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from October to February)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing


Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 27 to January 4


600 yen (permanent exhibition), varying fees for temporary exhibitions