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Top Japanese Treasures at the Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is billed as the place to go if visiting only one museum in Tokyo. It's akin to the British Museum in London and is made up of several grand buildings that contain the five galleries of historic pieces.

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We originally planned on spending a day for our visit here but could only manage an afternoon, from which we were able to cover three galleries.

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The Honkan was the most important gallery we saw and this covered Japanese history with its collection made up of paintings, sculpture, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, swords and lacquerware.

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Almost all Japanese art genres were viewed in the Honkan, with an exceptional chronological exhibition mapped out on the second floor, beginning with the Dawn of Japanese Art.

Being Japanese, we saw plenty of military related attire as well as kimono fabrics.

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We moved onto the Toyokan next door to browse the museum's collection of Asian art. Works of fine and decorative art, and archaeological artefacts from outside Japan were on display here. Countries of origin included China and Korea as well as places within West and Southeast Asia.

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We just managed to fit in the Heiseikan too before closing time and this enabled us to view exhibitions of Japanese archaeology.

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More photos from the Tokyo National Museum on Flickr


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