Guide to Kanto Region

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo national museum is established in 1872 and is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. The Museum collects houses and preserves a comprehensive collection of art and archaeological object of Asia, focusing on Japan. The Museum holds over 110,000 objects, that includes 87 Japanese National Treasure holdings and 610 important Cultural property holdings.

The Museum is located inside Ueno Park in Tokyo. The Building consists of the Honkan- Japanese Gallery-, Toyokan- Asia Gallery-, HeiseiKan, Hyoukeikan, and Horyuji-Homotsukan. The Museum collection focuses on ancient Japanese art and Asia art along the Silk Road. There is a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art.

Honkan - Japanese art gallery


The original Main gallery was designed by the British architect Josiah Conder, was several damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. In contrast to the original building's more western style, the design of the present Honkan by Watanabe Jin is the more eastern - emperor's crown style-. Construction began in 1923, and the building was inaugurated in 1938. It was designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 2001.